Most artists are just happy playing music and doing what they love without money being a priority. However, there will always be that one person who just doesn’t give a shit and is out there for the sole purpose of monetary gain. Would you say this same generalization extends to the greater EDM community?
TA: I think that goes hand in hand with the EDM culture in general. It’s all very wholesome and community based, and people who don’t share the PLUR mentality stand out and don’t stick around long. Compared to other scenes, the EDM community is pretty solid. As a whole people respect and look out for each other, and I think that mentality is something that I want to be spread into the mainstream audiences. Of course we still have some issues, and I think the biggest one is that of sexual assault. Every single one of my girl friends has multiple stories of being harassed or groped or even assaulted at an event and that is absolutely intolerable. I don’t know what needs to happen, but I’m really sick of people not respecting others, especially women. Everyone should feel 100% safe to do whatever they want and be whoever they want without someone judging, gawking at, or attacking them.
Society has always made it difficult for people to follow their passions, and people who do often threaten the status quo. So perceptions are altered in order to get people to conform to societal norms.
TA: People are way too attached to their perceived identity of themselves and the world to easily accept change.
Except change is inevitable. How you face that change is what defines you as a person and ultimately what type of artist or you will be.
TA: Accepting that change means that you have to let go of the part of your ego that clings to what was. The ego doesn’t want to let go that easily, which is what causes people’s pain in forms of sadness and anger. It requires a certain presence of mind to acknowledge that attachment and accept the change, and a lot of people aren’t at that level of consciousness yet. I’m optimistic though that as we grow as a society people will become more aware of themselves and therefore be more flexible to adjusting for the benefit of society.
When people are able to change in that way, that’s when music as a whole will be able to flourish beyond monetary value to enrich people’s lives.
TA: Very true. When people are able to truthfully analyze their own thoughts and desires all the way to their core, they’ll be able to find what truly drives them beyond money and possessions. Then they’ll be able to follow that purpose, whether it’s making honest music, or benefiting society in another way.
Whether you’re out to benefit society, contribute a part of your soul to the world, or create something that will inspire others, one thing remains true: being humble and self-aware is the greatest thing you can do for yourself. This will allow you to be honest with not just yourself, but with the world as well. It is that honesty that attracts people to what Wolfpak is bringing to Bass Therapy.
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