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CTRL SOUND x Needs: climate change interview & playlist

“In our opinion, climate change is the defining issue of our time and we’re at a defining moment so it’s more important than ever to do what we can to save the planet. No matter what we do day-to-day or what industry you work in, there’s at least one thing we can do to minimise the impact of climate change.” 

Having met in 2019, both CTRL SOUND and Needs now combine forces alongside a heavy-weight lineup and dance music’s most in-form UK parties for a fundraiser in aid of the environment. In particular, in aid of climate change and deforestation, with all profits to Cool Earth. Needs believe in people. Their concept uses music as a medium to spread love, unity and the idea of giving back. Promoting harmony and togetherness rather than isolation and estrangement.

Eris Drew – Hold Me

Can you tell us about CTRL Sound and Needs, and how you came together for this party?

Needs is a nonprofit record label and event series based in London. CTRL SOUND is a London event series. We came together for this event through an introduction by D. Tiffany’s agent, a mutual love for the music and charity work.

All artists on the lineup are currently U.K. based except for Edward (as he is a contributor to Needs 006), so to minimise the carbon footprint of this event by reducing emissions from aviation.

Diversity is also a huge importance, and is another topic that brought us and the lineup together.

Edward – Lolo

What causes is the party in support of, and why did you choose these issues?

The party is in aid of our environment, in particular climate change and deforestation with all profits donated to the charity, Cool Earth. It’s also a launch party for Needs 006 which features music from Eris Drew, Edward, D. Tiffany and Henry Hyde. The profits from the release is also being donated to Cool Earth. 

In our opinion, climate change is the defining issue of our time and we’re at a defining moment so it’s more important than ever to do what we can to save the planet. No matter what we do day-to-day or what industry you work in, there’s at least one thing we can do to minimise the impact of climate change. 

Joe – Tail Lift

Why Cool Earth?

Cool Earth are a fantastic charity who do amazing work to prevent deforestation and climate change. Their vision is a world where tropical deforestation has no role in climate change.  

Ploy – Ramos

Aside from fundraisers, what ways can the dance music community help to combat issues like climate change.

There’s lots that can be done, starting with reducing plastic, and also travel emissions. For those interested there was a great article recently on Resident Advisor [which discusses the topic in great detail: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3476

Focusing on the topic of travel emissions in the music industry, there are many ways to reduce this. One recent thought was the fact that there are million of club goers in the U.K. where the majority travel using Uber to and from parties but imagine if every club goer cycled home. This is a lot more common in European cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam but there are definitely ways to emulate this in the U.K. or at least London to begin with. This could be through partnerships between promoters, clubs, ticketing platforms and even the local council whereby bikes are made more accessible to the main London clubs and campaigns are launched to promote these type of schemes and educate more people. 

D. Tiffany – Sun Trip

CTRL SOUND x Needs: Cool Earth Fundraiser takes place this Friday at Corsica Studios. You can catch Blasha & Allatt, Bobby. Coe, D. Tffany, Edward, Joe, Make Me, (Rubin, Rupes, Kit Seymour), Mr. Naval b2b Kmya, Nite Fleit, Parris, and Ploy. Tickets here.

Parris – South East Of The Mountain