is that that good shit?
we ain’t sure man
put the record on your tongue
yeah, that’s pure man
i love kanye…alot. the one thing though that makes him my fave’s fave is his persistence in aggressively going for his dreams. as a creative, there are so many ideas constantly swirling around my brain and actually giving birth to a few of them has been the most exhilarating experience i’ve ever felt. the only superlative to that is seeing someone else snatch up their dream.
with the three-point mission of traveling, devoting self fully to your creative craft, and linking with others of like mind, visual artists and djs, ant blue jr and matthew nelson launched the “believe in yourself/do it yourself” tour. this jaunt around the us of a will be documented through video, journal entries, and photos. most people don’t think of partying as the best way to kumbaya with folks, but my own life here in nyc has been a testament to this theology. all of the artists, musicians, and writers that I now consider my family, i met dropping it low underneath the sounds of great djs. launching tomorrow in nyc and touching ten cities thereafter, BIY/DIY is using the common denominator of music to bring people together in the name of good energy and it’s all for free.
there is no cost to you to attend and the owners of the venues where the fun will all go down won’t be cutting any checks for the djs. in his own words, matt says, “the creative act has always been plagued by constraints. the king of the constraints is profitability. ideas are never executed because they can’t be financed. what’s worse, ideas that are actualized are each inevitably held to the standard of whether or not they can gross a profit and to what degree.” obviously though, criss-crossing the country handing out nights of fun without being paid will mean a huge hit to the three artists involved, so the entire BIY/DIY team, including elijah craig, started an indiegogo campaign to help them cover expenses like gas and film.
in the age of tumblr and instagram fame, it’s refreshing to see people do what they actually love without the promise of pay. an old wise man once called that “true passion”. I applaud the culture-pushing efforts of BIY/DIY and can’t wait to see be in the center of this experience in both nyc and philly.
see the tour dates below, read more about this awe inspiring project, and find out ways to donate here.