VIDEO: The Serious Environmental Impact of Touring DJs and Clubs
When you’re a DJ, an international tour is pretty much the pinnacle of success. If you’re able to travel for making and playing music to fans from all over the world, then you’ve truly “made it.” But, at what cost?
This new study looks at the environmental footprint of touring DJs and what club culture is doing to our planet. The dance music community has always been quick to respond to social issues — and this one needs to be treated with much urgency.
Of course, even entertainment can have negative repercussions. That isn’t meant to point fingers, it’s just a fact. For example, according to research from the video below, a 44-date world tour would have about the same environmental impact as a return trip from Mars.
We all have a say in what happens next — DJs and the entire EDM community.
Make A Change
Individual DJs: Advised to make conscious decisions with the environment in mind. Don’t travel unless necessary.
Venues: Focusing on homegrown, local talent is one way to minimize this imprint. The best option isn’t always far away.
Music Festivals: All music events should take a good, hard look at their imprint and adjust, e.g., Glitter Ban
Environmental Footprint of Touring DJs and Club Culture
A Donae’O Kind Of Party: How Trap, Afrobeat & More Created A U.K. Star
U.K. rapper and singer Donae’O makes party music. This can be a loaded statement depending on who you ask.
In today’s era, someone can get down to a Bruno Mars track just as easily as they can a Migos song. Then one has to ask, how can a new jack swing sound still resonate just as much as a trap beat?
Donae’O doesn’t seem to waste time answering questions like this, or at least, not in front his audience. With over 16 years in the game, he maneuvers through genres with the skill a trained veteran. But don’t think his time has come and gone.
The U.K. rapper is just getting started with the release his mixtape sixteen last year and performances across the globe. His mission is simple — to get the crowd moving.
Growing up in North West London, Donae’O has had a complex relationship with music over the years. His early memories include rappers like KRS-One and EPMD, but the thing that made him big was grime music.
A combination rapid flows over heavy electronic beats, grime was originally made popular by U.K. rappers like Dizzee Rascal and Wiley in the early 2000s. Donae’O left a mark on the genre as well with his popular release “Bounce” in 2002.
However, with “Bounce,” Donae’O didn’t get too comfortable. Like the many waves U.K. music, Donae’O evolved with the times.
When the first wave grime died down, Donae’O eventually made his way to funky house, an electronic genre some might relate to the percussive sounds west African afrobeat. Donae’O explained the kinship the two genres. “Before funky house, afrobeat used a lot natural sounds,” Donae’O said. “And when funky house blew up, the Africans, Nigeria and Ghana, they took the sound funky house] and made it better.” Funky house can be heard in the Donae’O tracks “Party Hard,” released in 2010, and “Mami No Like” from sixteen.
As noted earlier, Donae’O doesn’t tie himself down to one genre. Sixteen fers a kaleidoscope sounds you can dance to, depending on your mood. “I make club music,” Donae’O said. “If it doesn’t make you want to dance, then it’s really irrelevant.”
This is evident in tracks like “My Team,” which has a laid back groove, but has lines you can shout out while flexing in the club. Some might closely align it to trap music.
According to Donae’O, folks who helped bring trap to the mainstream, such as Rick Ross and Waka Flocka, made waves in the U.K. just as much as they did in the U.S. “Giggs has got tunes with Waka Flocka,” Donae’O said, referring to a rapper who has major influences in the U.K. “And so does J Spades,” he continued, adding another U.K. spitter in.
Despite Donae’O’s allegiance to club culture, that doesn’t mean he’s closed f to non-party music completely. When listing U.S. artists he’d like to work with, slower R&B acts like SZA and Kehlani came up. Even in sixteen, you can hear Donae’O sten the mood with tunes like “Alone” and “No Love.”
But in the end, Donae’O is a partier at heart. “There’s so many different variants with club culture,” he said. “I have to go out, rave, and I have to live my life and then whatever I’m enjoying my life to, that then dictates what I create.”
With his fourth studio album on the way, it seems like Donae’O isn’t turning down anytime soon. You can check out sixteen on all major streaming platforms now.