Gareth Emery, Standerwick, and Monstercat have grouped together to release a music video for the highly anticipated single “Saving Light” feat. HALIENE, which is set to be released on Jan. 30th. This music video contains a storyline that aims to send a pro-equality message to viewers. As well as sending this message, the music video aims to raise awareness for Ditch the Label, a globally recognized anti-bullying charity, and its recent campaign. The money raised from the campaign will provide support to youth who are at risk of various forms of bullying. (Donate here.)
We interviewed Liam Hackett, CEO of Ditch the Label, who states that music “has the power to change your thoughts, moods, and emotion, and it has the power to reach a wide audience.” Hackett also said that using a music video “is an extremely emotive and effective way of conveying our message – and distributing it in this format means it has the potential to reach thousands and thousands of people.” The aims of this music video, both to send a message and raise money, demonstrate the nature of the EDM community as a whole, and the trance community specifically. To be a part of these communities is to be a part of a culture that is nurturing and encourages forming respectful and loving relationships with others. Gareth Emery, Standerwick, HALIENE, and Monstercat, with the help of Ditch the Label, showcase the natures of the EDM and trance community in their music video of “Saving Light,” reminding viewers of why they joined these communities in the first place.
Bullying is a major issue that Liam Hackett and Ditch the Label are very serious about combating.
“Importantly, we don’t just help those who experience bullying, we also help those who bully.”
He goes on to say, “We see bullying as a behavioural issue and like all behaviours, there is a root cause and a remedy for change. We know from our research that those who bully others have complex issues that are not being addressed elsewhere, and that bullying can also be a learnt behaviour. After all, none of us are born with the ability to draw or sing a song; nor are we born with the ability to discriminate against someone because of the colour of their hair, or their skin or any other unique factor.”
It is estimated that every three minutes, someone will benefit from Ditch the Label’s support. “We have a team of digital support mentors who empower people to overcome bullying through our website and partnership with other online communities. We provide one-to-one and group help as well as produce widely used self-help guides and materials. We don’t just talk about bullying, we help people through things such as mental health, coming out and low self-esteem.”
When we asked Hackett what inspired him to use a single and its music video to send the message of anti-bullying and pro-quality, he responded:
“Music is the universal language, it can be understood by all – no matter where or who you are. It has the power to connect people.”
“We think it is an extremely emotive and effective way of conveying our message – and distributing it in this format means it has the potential to reach thousands and thousands of people.” Hackett expressed interest in working with Gareth Emery, Standerwick, and Monstercat again in the future. In regards to their collaboration, Hackett stated that “[Ditch the Label] feels that it is extremely important to work collaboratively with others and amplify each other’s voices – bullying is such an important issue and we are more likely to overcome it, if we join forces and work together.” In his closing statement, Hackett successfully captures the essence of their collaboration, and their resulting music video, by stating that together we can save lives and reminding viewers that everyone can be someone’s #SAVINGLIGHT.
Check out the trailer for Gareth Emery & Standerwick’s “Saving Light” feat. HALIENE below.
Donate to Ditch the Label’s campaign here or contribute by any of the following ways:
1. Think about how you treat others.
The whole definition of bullying is subjective, meaning that everybody has a different idea of what actually classifies as bullying. Often, we can say things to people without meaning to upset or annoy them but it can sometimes be misconstrued. Think about how you speak to people, particularly if you’re feeling stressed or low and if you do need to get something off your chest, reach out to Ditch the Label – we’re always here for you.
2. Buy merchandise or fundraise.
On average, it costs Ditch the Label £3 to help 1 teen overcome bullying. We’re an independent charity with a huge reach and every penny raised really does count. We’ve got loads of merch available at https://store.ditchthelabel.org/ or if you’re up for a challenge – check out our 101 fundraising ideas:
3. Call it out.
If you see somebody being bullied – don’t ignore it, tell a trusted adult, this is especially important if you suspect somebody is in danger. If you need help or advice visit DitchtheLabel.org