As music fan, times have change and as EDM music fan, things have changed even more. If you have noticed, through the years, there have not been any African-American breakout stars in EDM.
EDM fans may know that the father of house music was Frankie Knuckles, a gay black man in Chicago. As a gay black man Knuckles broke barriers.
Years later after Knuckles became a name, here is Adam Davenport. Adam is also a gay black man from Chicago and is now here to make his mark. Currently, he is the first African American producer to chart for EDM on Billboard which he accomplished on his first record and he is just getting started.”
An accomplished multidisciplinary artist, 2017 proved a breakout year for Adam Davenport, whose debut single “My Return Address is You,” featuring Shanica Knowles, spent 10 weeks on the Billboard Dance Club chart and peaked at #23, making him the first African-American producer to chart eponymously for EDM on Billboard. Released through Universal Music Group, the record surpassed tracks by Selena Gomez, Jax Jones/Demi Lovato and Zedd on the charts and was named by Entertainment Tonight’s Liz Calvario as “New Discovery of the Week.”
At 27, Adam Davenport became the youngest director in the Playwright/Directors Unit of the renowned Actors Studio; to date, he has worked with such acclaimed talents as Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Terrence Howard and Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent). Midnight Son, Davenport’s thesis film at Yale which he shot on 35mm with Clint Eastwood’s cinematographer, Tom Stern, is a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Award — a distinction shared by the first films of Steven Soderbergh and P.T. Anderson. The acclaimed short stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and Tony-and-Emmy-nominated David Harbour, the star of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Davenport recently co-produced Laurie Collyer’s feature Furlough, starring Melissa Leo, Whoopi Goldberg, Anna Paquin, Tessa Thompson and Edgar Ramirez. The film was recently acquired by IFC Films.
Davenport graduated from Yale University and is also a member of the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Davenport really is just getting starting to make his mark and the EDM world is set to change in such an amazing way.