Australian musicians and industry workers have reportedly been caught sharing degrading and sexually explicit images of women in a private male-only Facebook group called ‘Tracks And Snatch’.
The group, which existed for around four years before being removed from Facebook, has been described as “a who’s-who of dance musicians and industry insiders” in a report by The ABC, which has spoken with former members of the controversial group.
Freelance reporter Phoebe Loomes, who investigated the group, has told the ABC ‘Tracks And Snatch’ got its name because its members “exchanged music — tracks — and photos of women — snatch”.
“It’s not innocent; it’s private sex, there’s Snapchats in there, it’s all photos without these girls’ permission,” she said.
“It was upskirts in clubs, girls passed out in clubs, girls passed out in beds after intercourse. And then as I found out more about the group I found out things that were worse — mid-sex videos. It was a culture of one-upmanship.”
Singer and DJ Joyride (real name Rowan Dix) has told the ABC he was added to the ‘Tracks And Snatch’ group, but eventually left after seeing what was going on.
“It was I guess equal parts producers and music-makers from around the country sharing tracks that they’d made to other DJs but then also photos of women,” he said.
“From sharing photos that these girls had posted online already, to photos that had been sent to these guys privately.”
DJ and producer Raph Lauren had a similar experience.
“Straight away it was pretty apparent that there was going to be softcore porn in this group and not really what I want to be seeing randomly when I open up Facebook,” he said.
“But I think the reality is that there’s a massive bro problem in the Australian music scene in festival culture, and I think particularly in Australian dance music.”
You can hear the ABC‘s full report at the ABC website.