Igor Olestra AKA Olestronic, is an electronic synthpop producer from Seattle, US.
“Most of my songs are about the need for people to acknowledge the importance of kindness and ethics in our lives, and the positive possibilities and solidarities that could ripple out from acting on that acknowledgment. This song, “Don’t Shoot”, is no exception. Ideologically I am inspired by the ’80s Red Wedge/Rock Against Racism/Two-Tone movements in the UK, and by the spirit of inclusivity of ’70s soul and disco and ’80s machine funk, scenes that made marginalized and vulnerable people and identities mainstream. The moral outrage over and the sharp criticism of warmongering, jingoism, and soulless corporatism expressed by such Industrial artists as Skinny Puppy and Ministry also play into my wheelhouse. I’m very hopeful that today an ethical creative culture can once again arise to help people to stand up to create space for effective, equitable, and meaningful change in society; if there is to be any hope of holding onto our lives or our humanity, we need to oppose and counter the concerted propaganda and legislative efforts of the divisive and dehumanizing corporatist right wing, both in the US and around the world.