Daniel Party

Daniel Party is a popular music scholar who specializes on music under dictatorship, U.S. Latino music and migration, and gender studies. He is associate professor of music at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN).



"Chile's Revolution: Girl Style Now!"

In 2011, Chilean indie pop music garnered international acclaim. In the United States, NPR proclaimed, “Chile keeps making the best pop in Latin America”, while Spain’s El País described the country as “pop’s new paradise.” In the last decade, Chile, a country known for its high consumption of foreign music, has experienced a boom of local, independently-produced young artists who are finding critical and commercial acclaim both within and without the country. Stylistically, Chilean indie pop music can be defined as quirky, yet radio-friendly pop that borrows from a wide range of sources, from Latin American neo-folk to 1980s Anglo synth pop, from political Nueva Canción to drum ’n’ bass.

One of the most striking features of the Chilean indie pop scene has been the unprecedented number of successful female singers who write and co-produce their own material. Through a savvy use of new technologies these artists have circumvented the predicaments of the major recording labels, achieving mainstream success largely on their own terms. In this presentation I analyze the work of a generation of artists born in the mid 1980s, including Javiera Mena, Francisca Valenzuela, Camila Moreno, and Pascuala Ilabaca, in the context of important transformations in gender relations that took place in Chile in the first decade of the new millennium. Through a cross study of these artists’ music and lyrics, I consider whether this phenomenon constitutes a feminist intervention in Chile’s otherwise male-dominated indie music scene.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, March 24

4:00pm EDT