A mutual friend of Peaches and myself, the awesome berlin band @HYENAZ, have made a special edit of my track GEGEN. Layered on top is punk angry vocals, with the unnerving message about how freedom of movement is not granted for everyone. Why is European humans more important than non-European? Only last week my remix for Peaches was streamed, “Feel free” being the key message, a struggle queer folk have to really fight within for, because outside society denies so much to us. But this message in the GEGEN edit is not about us, these punk angry vocals is a message of solidarity with the refugees and asylum seekers, who need our support and kindness, who are suffering incredible burden and loss. I am humbled that HYENAZ took the initiative to make this edit.
This edit is on sale. As a small gesture, every sale Hyenaz and I will personally double and the whole amount will go to the Berlin Refugee Movement, an organisation in Berlin who tirelessly provide help to refugees and fight for their rights. They are in constant need of resources and money to pay lawyers fees, run education tours, or provide food and activities for mental health relief.
I have freedom of movement, I can go in and out of countries. Since moving to Berlin I have been lucky enough to travel the world, meeting many techno communities and queer communities who share a sense of care and responsibility for each other.
I’m not expecting anything big with this, simply being part of the dialogue for empathy, however your support here and now would be much appreciated. Please buy the edit, even if you never liked Gegen. Buy it five times!
You can buy here www.traxsource.com/title/617162/ge…ove-hyenaz-edit
Sadly Europe has been closing its borders especially since introducing Frontex, making agreements, supplying arms that are causing unnecessary cruelty and murder to innocent people. As refugees fleeing for their lives it is shocking we are creating similar conditions and hateful rhetoric as what happened in 1930s pre-WWII for political gain.
My personal hope is in our efforts to diminish the climate of hate with an overwhelming climate of empathy. This is not do-gooder blah blah, this is life and death.
Find out more about the Berlin Refugee Movement at www.oplatz.net
. Facebook page @solidarity.asylumseekers.berlin
Freedom for all. Thank you for taking this in.
Message from @hyenaz:
"So many assumptions are made about why people choose to move, who has the right to move, and who does not, who can simply travel on a whim and who must risk everything to leave their lands for others. Our sense of time and space is increasingly unbounded, as access to knowledge, art and the public sphere shared through electronically mediated communication. Yet so many still have to risk death or internment to cross national borders physically, with access to migration arbitrarily determined by pieces of paper distributed along class and racial lines.
We were inspired by Paula's powerful track Gegen, whose title refers to the German word for “against” and already expresses the dichotomous terms in which media and political discourses discuss migration: Are you for or against migration? How do “we” oppose the “others” who are against “our” way of life. The urgency of its siren-like lead synth speaks to the militarised policing of national borders and the desperation that pushes people to risk everything in order to exercise the human right to move freely.
We wish to thank Bart Kuzniak at Studio 333 with whom we recorded the vocals and who later mastered the finished track."
released May 6, 2016