When You Do Good, You Feel Good: Artists Creating Good Vibes Through Change

Author : Daisy Magana
October 06, 2020

When You Do Good, You Feel Good: Artists Creating Good Vibes Through Change

The saying goes, “when you do good, you feel good,” and 2020 could certainly use a lot of good. It is a year to take a long hard look at how you’re showing up for not only yourself but others. Taking on issues from climate change to racial and health inequities artists are using their platforms to create more than music. These artists do good with the platforms they’ve created via music.

Rebekah Demands Accountability with #ForTheMusic Pledge

Rebekah is one of the most in-demand DJs and producers out there, and she’s making noise that stretches beyond the dark, suspenseful techno she’s known to deliver. She recently launched the #ForTheMusic campaign taking a stand against sexual abuse in the dance music community. Check out the Me Too #ForTheMusic open letter, and sign the pledge to end the culture of silence.

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After all the reports coming out from women who have been sexually assaulted in the industry at the hands of powerful men had really made me analyse the scene and how it really is fucked up. We have turned a blind eye, stayed silent and let things carry on how they have always been for far too long. 👇🏽 After deciding I would like to mentor people to help bring them in to the industry it became apparent I was unable to do this unless I stood up and tried to fight to make the industry a safer place all round. How can I mentor women and members of the LGBQT++ community, knowing they will face sexism, harassment and at worst, assault and rape and stay silent on this issue. 👇🏽 We have a great opportunity to now assess what kind of industry we want to return to when it opens back up, what kind of people we place in these powerful positions and how we can we make clubs, festivals and after parties a safer place. 👇🏽 We all must be accountable and speak up about the abusers, allow people the benefit of the doubt when claiming abuse, as many stay silent for fear of retribution. To really look out for one another in our venues and parties. 👇🏽 So with this I’m asking you to read and sign an open letter on change.org asking the industry to be accountable to make changes, to look out for our most vulnerable because after 24 years in this industry I see we have made little to no progress in ending the culture of silence. 👇🏽 Will you stand with me? #ForTheMusic 👇🏽 Link is in the biog ☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼 And if you’re tagged, I know 💯 you are in it #ForTheMusic and asking you to stand with me and share the message, together we are stronger 🖤 To join the campaign, download the poster #ForTheMusic or create your own and share a b/w photo with the reasons to end the culture of silence and why you are #ForTheMusic and please share the link http://chng.it/rZG6TC9Z

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BLOND:ISH and her Bye Bye Plastic Foundation

It doesn’t have to be Earth Day (April 22) to care for the earth. Bye Bye Plastic Foundation, an initiative founded by BLOND:ISH, aims to free the music industry of single-use plastic by 2025. She and alongside her event partner Liana Hillison recently hosted Abracadabra Festival in partnership with Twitch via AbracadabraTV. The four-day Livestream music festival and environmental fundraiser brought together more 75 artists and featured workshops with environmental thought-leaders and wellness activities. Artists included DJ Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg), Tycho, Nicole Moudaber, Claude VonStroke and Diplo.

Warung’s Upcycled Apparel Line

Warung is providing aid to local artists whose work and income have been impacted due to COVID-19. The Boston-based duo breathes new life into old apparel pieces and screen print their logo onto thrift clothes either they’ve purchased or fans send them. This reduces the waste of discarded clothing removing the need to produce new or raw materials. It also cuts down air and water pollution, landfill use, and even greenhouse gas emissions. 10 percent of the shop’s profits are donated to Kiva, a nonprofit organization. It provides relief to entrepreneurs and small businesses impacted by COVID‑19. Warung have been targeting donations to entrepreneurs with arts-focused businesses. As a response to COVID-19, an extra 15 percent of profits are being donated to Boston’s Artist Relief Fund.

Warung have released dance floor-focused grooves on labels including Anjunadeep, Yoshitoshi and Royal Plastic. Their 2019 record “Illusive” (via W&O Street Tracks) landed at #1 on Beatport’s Leftfield House & Techno chart. They’ve received support from Pete Tong, Bicep, Danny Howard, and Anja Schneider. Check out their latest EP Madness

Dim Mak Advocates for Civil Rights

While not necessarily an artist, the independent Los-Angeles based record label Dim Mak has partnered with Color of Change in their mission for civil rights advocacy. Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Hosting weekly live streams, their message is loud and clear: stopping racial injustices toward the Black community especially now at a time when racial tensions run high.

Tune in every Tuesday at 5pm PST via Dim Mak’s Twitch channel. The label, founded by Steve Aoki, has released music in punk, indie rock, hardcore, hip hop, and electronic dance music genres.

DJ E-Clyps, The Mastermind Behind Junk Ditch’s Limited-Release Hyper-Local Pale Ale

A “beer for a better future” is what DJ E-Clyps delivered with the limited-release of Junk Ditch Brewing Co.’s “Hyper Local Pale Ale” can. The custom beer can label featured a photo of his from the Fort Wayne protests. The limited-release beer cans’ labels also highlighted two other Black artists in Fort Wayne. “What if we put protest photos on a beer can?,” says E-Clypse. ““Not everyone is going to express themselves by protesting. Taking the movement to a beer can provides local people and businesses with a different way to support the cause.” Proceeds supported the Family & Friends Fund for Southeast Fort Wayne.

Do good, and keep spreading the positive vibes!

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