As part of The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women.
Our seventh featured artiste is singer-songwriter Darius Lux, who specialises in soulful, positive music. Darius’ career began in NYC placing songs in Film, MTV & Billboard before being drawn to California’s sunny shores where he’s been touring the West Coast promoting his 3 albums as a soloist & with his band. Darius’ music describes how we can take control of our lives. “For each one of us, life can be full of different fears, but we have to remember that fear is a choice. When we decide we don’t want fear and we have chosen to believe in ourselves instead, we find that we begin to receive the things in life we’ve hoped for.” You can follow Darius’s updates on Facebook, or watch his videos on YouTube.
Darius contributed his song, “Xtraordinary” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.
I am a singer-songwriter who specializes in positive and uplifting pop music. When I heard of the campaign and saw the inventiveness and passionate commitment by those involved, I knew I wanted to be a part of this – a movement bringing awareness while also supporting those who have already suffered.
Why is ending violence against women important to you?
I have felt for a long time that much of global society and fairly recent history tends to be biased against women in general and this is ever incredulous to me. We’re talking about the prime source of human life on our planet here – for there to then be violence institutionalised and accepted at any level against women is something that needs to be stopped already.
In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?
I think music is a great vehicle to bring awareness to many causes. In this particular case, I know the team handpicked each of the songs based on alignment with the cause along with messages of empowerment and empathy that would resonate with those really needing this movement – so music is helping generally and specifically.
What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?
There are many ways that artists can be creative with music and a cause like ending violence against women. A specific song could be written about it and/or a release or show or tour could be dedicated to bringing more awareness and/or funding.
The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne.
The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.