As part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert, we talk to the music artists who have participated in the concert about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women.
Our ninth featured artist is Haley Blais. Haley Blais is a lonely musician dreaming of puppies and residing currently in Vancouver, BC. She can be found strumming on her ukulele whilst singing songs about breakups she never had, or looking up pictures of Harry Styles on Google. She has been praised for her lyricism and compared to the likes of First Aid Kit for her soft, fluttering vocals. When she’s not making music, she has a web series where she stars as herself every Wednesday on YouTube. Haley lives on the internet and sometimes in real life. You can follow her and her adventures on Twitter.
The Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert was held in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign 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$1 and while the Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert Indiegogo fundraiser is still running from June 5th to July 5th 2015, donors can donate to get exclusive music and artist goodies ranging from personal Skype concerts to treat bundles for the serious music lover.
My name is Haley and I’m a musician from Vancouver, BC. When I was contacted by The Pixel Project I was excited to get behind and raise money in attempts to support this great cause and bring awareness to the subject of violence towards women.
Why is ending violence against women important to you?
This is like asking why food is important to me – because it just is. Because I’m a woman, a decent human being who believes in equal rights and treatment of all people.
In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?
I think music is relatable for everyone – it’s a universal language. In my opinion, the thought that music could help end violence against women is a dream, but it will take much, much more than that.
In the meantime I believe music can inspire women to feel empowered and inspired.
What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?
Artists, especially those in the spotlight, can bring a subject like this to light and inspire others to as well through their music and the message portrayed, or supporting a specific charity. Artists can influence and inspire people/fans of all ages to become more aware on the subject of domestic abuse, etc.