Interviews

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 21 – Yuen Cheong Adrian Low, 37, Malaysia

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2015 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is 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 via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty-first “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Yuen Cheong Adrian Low from Malaysia.

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The Dad Bio

I work for my family business which was started by my eldest brother. I was his first employee and partner. Today we have a team of more than forty amazing and highly motivated individuals in our business group of four companies. We started with designing and building retail store merchandising solutions and grew the business into a market activation company with our own production and deployment capabilities. That is my part-time job. My full-time job is a husband to a beautiful wife with whom I share a wonderful son Jun Yin (Joahern) Low. 

Adrian Low1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

Waking up to the laughter of Jun Yin is the best feeling in the world. I am a co-business owner with more than forty people who have entrusted us with their livelihoods. It is nerve-wracking for me. My wife is supportive which helps a lot, but Jun Yin gives everything a purpose in our daily rat race.

Having Jun Yin also improves me and my wife as people. We realised that though we are generally good people, there were many bad habits and attitudes which we could improve on so that Jun Yin would have the best influence from us, at least to the best of our abilities.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My dad is one of the most respectful men towards women I’ve ever met . I have not heard him say mean things to Mom, and there is generally so much respect between the two of them. This has had a significant influence on how respectfully I treat all my relationships.

When we first started dating I told my wife that we have to respect each other by accepting each other the way we are. Our relationship is based on sharing each other’s lives and not changing each other’s lives. When we do argue we don’t say mean things to each other, we express our feelings about how our actions make us feel. When we argue it is not always about who is right or wrong but it’s always about how we can improve our relationship. All of this is made possible by a strong mutual respect for each other. I got that from Dad.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

Lead by example. Teach boys to be respectful people and generally they will be good and won’t really go wrong. Men will have to educate themselves on this issue to enable them to lead by example because religion and old habits generally teach men to lead and women to stay quiet and faithful to the husband. We need to change all that. It is never okay for a man to hurt a woman just as it is never okay for a woman to hurt a man.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Juliet Weybret

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 fourteenth featured artist is Juliet Weybret. Juliet was born in Lodi, CA in 1993. She grew up playing a variety of musical instruments. Around 2007, she began writing her own music and lyrics. Her YouTube channel, JulietOriginals, followed shortly. As her fanbase on YouTube grew, Juliet went on her first East Coast/Canada tour in March 2011 with YouTube sensations Boyce Avenue and Alex Goot. After graduating high school, she moved to LA to attend Musicians Institute and signed to Spicy G Records. She released her first 5 song EP “Back To Life” in 2012. In March 2015, she went on a second Northwest/Southwest tour with pop/punk band Between California And Summer. Today, Juliet’s YouTube channel exceeds over 8 million views. She is currently working on releasing new music with a pop/country sound. To learn more about Juliet and her music, visit her YouTube channel or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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 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.

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juliet copyTell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

My name is Juliet Weybret. I am a country singer and songwriter from California. I decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert because I want to help make the world a safer place for women. After being a victim of sexual harassment in a situation that could have lead to something much worse, I understand the fear that some women have on a daily basis. My greatest hope is to help create peace for women around the world with my music.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Violence in general is something that I feel very strongly about. Nobody deserves to be put through it. However, when it comes to women, my mom, sister, best friends, etc. come to mind. I seem to be noticing more stories in the news about violence against women, and I never want a loved one of mine to be included in one of those stories.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music can speak to people in ways that regular words do not. I think it shows a different emotional side of everything. It touches people differently and opens up different parts of the mind. If the subject of ending violence against women is put into music, I think it can play a huge part in making people around the world more aware of the issue.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

Most artists have the benefit of having a fan base of people around the world who look up to them. Artists can spread the world so easily just by speaking up about the issue. The power of social media today is so strong and anybody with a following can help by just using their voices and reaching out.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 20 – Samuel Leadismo, 30, Kenya

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2015 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is 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 via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twentieth “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Samuel Leadismo from Kenya.

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The Dad Bio

My name is Samuel Siriria Leadismo. I’m the Founder and Director of Pastoralist Child Foundation whose mission is to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced childhood marriages of girls in the Samburu and Maasai communities in Kenya. We sponsor girls who attend private secondary boarding schools. I’m originally from Samburu County, Kenya, from the Samburu tribe, Black Cattle clan. The Samburu tribe is nomadic – moving from one place to another with their livestock searching for greener pastures. I’m a role model, advisor, and counsellor in our villages, always encouraging my fellow youth to continue their education. I’m working against early marriages and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by actively promoting childhood and adult education amongst my community members.  I attained a higher Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Zetech University. I’m a proud dad of a 4 year old daughter. 

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1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

One of the things I love most about being a dad is watching my child put to use the lessons that I’ve taught her. I feel so proud of my daughter when she does the little things without anyone telling her to do them – things such as helping clean up the house at the age of four, or just saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ When that happens, and I don’t have to tell her, I know she has learned that lesson for life.  She can make me cry when I have to go out of town for work.

My favourite thing about being a father is that I can work hard every day to leave this world a better place for my daughter and the community I work with.  Being a dad softens my heart, and makes me instantly more accountable and responsible to the world around me.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My dad is a polygamist and lived far from us, so it was my mother who influenced my life the most through kindness, compassion, integrity, calmness even in the face of extreme challenges, passion for life, humour, and unconditional love. During my mother’s last year, she asked me to guide and educate my younger sisters, and to fight for the right of all girls to enjoy the opportunities she didn’t have. I am proud of myself, our community, and the work we do through The Pastoralist Child Foundation.

Two other women have also influenced my life. One is Blake Valin, an American woman living in West Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I met her when she visited Kenya in 2005. She taught me how to be patient, understanding, and to fight for what I believe in. She paid all my high school and university fees, and helped my family. She taught me to never give up!

The other is Sayydah Garrett, the Founder and President of Pastoralist Child Foundation, who gave me the confidence to found our Pastoralist Child Foundation. We sponsor girls in high school, and offer community workshops to end FGM and child marriages.  We teach about teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, self-awareness, self-esteem, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, sanitation, and the importance of formal education here in Kenya.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

I believe men and boys can play a role in preventing and stopping violence against women. Men can join women and girls in challenging violence and oppression globally and help create a place where people of different backgrounds, lifestyles, and communities can learn and feel safe by listening and caring for each other.

Some of the ways in which they can do this include connecting with other men and boys about their experiences with violence and with privilege and coming together with an agreement of honesty and respect by putting aside fears, and creating a culture where we practice understanding rather than winning, communication rather than fighting, sharing rather than defending.

I really love working towards ending violence against women because women changed my life by educating me, raising me and believing in me.  I hope many men can take this message to another level so that they can see the necessity of ending violence against women. I’m doing this through my charity work and am seeing progress as men in my community are moved by my ideas about ending violence.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Jana Stanfield, USA

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 thirteenth featured artiste is Jana Stanfield. You’ve heard Jana Stanfield’s music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, the movie “8 Seconds”, and radio stations across the US. Her compositions are sung by Reba McEntire, Andy Williams and others, and Jana has shared stages with fellow performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks. Known as “The Queen of Heavy Mental,” Jana describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to.” For the past 15 years, Jana has made her living as a Keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events. She is a charter member of the international Positive Music Association which promotes Positive music artists and Positive music as a distinct genre of music. To learn more about Jana, follow her on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.

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 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.

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Jana-Stanfield-3Tell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

As a singer-songwriter I’m grateful to have a way to speak to many people at once, through the music. If music is well-written, it can deliver a message that enlightens people in a compelling way without being preachy. That is always my goal.

It’s been said that, “Hurt people…hurt people.” Many believe that abusers come from homes where they were abused and their mothers were abused. We’ve got to do all we can to stop this cycle in THIS generation, and I’m grateful to The Pixel Project for spearheading this worthwhile endeavor.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending violence is important to me because I don’t believe than any human being should be intentionally harmed. I believe people should be respected and cared for, not injured until they submit to another person’s will.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music has the power to influence people’s opinions, the way that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. We know that phrase because it is in a song that many children learn. When we learn messages in song, the messages stick, and they last a long time, and it’s time that we use all the means we have to educate people that it’s time to end violence against women.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

At one time, people thought it was okay to beat their children in front of others, as though that was normal. It is no longer normal, and the same goes for violence against women. It is not normal, and not tolerable before the eyes of others, or behind closed doors. As more and more of us speak up, and share messages in our songs that empower women, it will become more and more abnormal to find out that violence toward women is still happening. I look forward to that day.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Jake Roque, USA

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 twelfth featured artist is  Jake Roque. Jake is a 19 year old Singer-Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Huntington Beach, California.  Driven by a passion for music, Jake taught himself to play multiple instruments and began writing songs, leading worship and performing at events in his hometown.  He has also grown an audience through the use of social media (YouTube and Vine), performed at venues like The House of Blues, Hollywood and been acknowledged for his talents from artists like Ed Sheeran, Colbie Caillat, Tyler Ward and more. Jake has a reputation for paying special attention to his fans and intends to release a debut original EP Summer of 2015. Check out Jake’s music via his YouTube channel and follow Jake 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 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.

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Jake Roque 1Tell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

My name is Jake Roque and I’m a 19 year old singer-songwriter/social media artist from Huntington Beach, California.  I have decided to take place in The Pixel Project’s Charity Concert because I want to use what I have been given to give back to great causes like the Pixel Project.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending violence against women is important to me because I believe women deserve an exceptional level of love and respect from men, especially within the context of a relationship.  I’m honored to be making a stand to encourage others to work alongside the Pixel Project to end the various types of abuse that women experience.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music has an incredible power to influence those who listen.  Writing and performing music that is uplifting and speaks towards women in a positive light is important because repetition of an idea in music does affect one outlook on life.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

Music artists can use the influence their music has on others to shape a positive view of treating others the way they want to be treated and artists can raise awareness and funds to help stop injustices in the world.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Harold Payne, USA

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 eleventh featured artist is  Harold Payne is a multi-platinum songwriter whose soulful uplifting songs and husky heartfelt vocals have graced stages around the world. He has written songs for such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, Kelly Rowland, and Carlos Santana —literally from Peter Paul and Mary to Snoop Dogg. The launch of Harold’s Power of Positive Music series led him to performing with motivational speakers like Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Jim Cathcart (The Acorn Principal) & countless others. Most recently, Payne has been using his creative custom and improv song talents for organisations like National Speakers Association and Contagious Optimism Live. Learn more about Harold at www.haroldpaynemusic.com.

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 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.

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Harold PayneTell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

I am a performing songwriter specialising in positive, uplifting music for entities like Contagious optimism live, empower music and arts (Posi Music Fest), and the Awakened World Film Festival. I also create custom and improv songs for conferences and special events.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

I believe that everyone on this planet deserves basic human rights and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. We need to lend our support in places where these rights and  opportunities don’t already exist.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?      

An inspiring and uplifting song can give hope and strength in the darkest hours or say something in a way that touches, moves or comforts someone to let them know that they are not alone. It can also encourage others to rally behind such an important cause.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

Music artists can write songs that shine a light on the plight of those affected by these conditions & perform for events that champion this cause. Even the smallest steps can start a chain reaction in the right direction.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 16 – Nick Salvadore, 35, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2015 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is 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 via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our sixteenth “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad, courtesy of our partner Name.com, is Nick Salvadore from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

My name is Nick Salvadore. I’m a software engineer at Name.com, where I’ve worked for the past three and a half years. I enjoy watching baseball, eating cookies, and slowly fixing up our 90 year-old house that we have owned for nine months. The majority of my free time is spent playing with my son and daughter; usually wrestling in the living room or kicking around a ball in the back yard.

1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

The best thing about being a dad is coming home to two smiling kids who are almost jumping out of their skin because they are so happy to see me.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

I inherited my dad’s introverted personality, which probably explains why I ended up as a software engineer. I’ve spent the majority of my life intimidated to talk to anybody, especially women. I think the big impact my father had on my views of women was watching him interact with my mom. He was always very respectful and occasionally would surprise her with little things or with gestures that showed he cared. Like all married couples, they would argue occasionally, but there was never any name calling and both would let the other fully voice their opinions and views.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

I think the best method is to simply lead by example. It can be little gestures like opening car doors for their mothers or holding open a door at the store for a woman who has her arms full. It’s always amazed me how one small event can have a giant impact if it occurs at the right moment.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Hannah Wondmeneh, Canada

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 tenth featured artist is Hannah Wondmeneh. Hannah Wondmeneh is a singer/song-writer from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, a suburban city right outside of Toronto. Hannah grew up singing in church, started taking piano lessons at age 5 and wrote her first song at 9. For as long as she can remember, music has been the way that she expresses herself and connects to those around her. Currently a university student, she plans to pursue her music dreams full time after she graduates. For now, Hannah uses her YouTube channel as a creative outlet for covers and originals in her Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop influenced sound.

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 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.

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HeadshotTell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

I’m an aspiring musician singer/songwriter as well as a university student studying journalism and human rights. Whether through journalism or music, I want to give a voice to the voiceless and make a positive impact on the life of others. Being a part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert was a no brainer.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

As an advocate for human rights, which of course includes women’s rights, it becomes very obvious that ending violence against women is such a vital part to healing families and communities cross-culturally. It’s an issue that is so widespread and common and so incredibly harmful.

As I get older more and more women around me have become victims and the issue becomes that much more real to me. I don’t want to hear anymore new stories. That’s why ending violence against women is so important to me.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

I think music is amazingly powerful in its ability to spread ideas, encourage understanding and create unity. It can help people know that they’re not alone and give people the courage to speak out. And that speaking out is really what is needed to end any kind of injustice. When it comes to violence against women, I think it’s about giving victims the courage to speak out and inspiring allies to raise their voices.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

As a musician I’m very conscious of the kind of effect I could have and choosing whether or not to make that something positive and meaningful. Speaking out against these kinds of injustices is exactly what I want to do with any platform I’m blessed to be given.

Supporting organisations like The Pixel Project, creating songs with empowering messages and telling difficult stories can help to make a difference and end violence against women. Be vocal about what matters, that’s the power of music.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Haley Blais, Canada

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.

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unnamedTell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

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.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Eva Universe, USA

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 eighth featured artist is out-of-this-world pop sensation, Eva Universe, who has been cultivating her passion for entertaining and genre-melding sound from a very young age. The Billboard Dance charting artist has made quite a name for herself in the world of dance and pop music, collaborating with Gucci Mane (“Not My Daddy”), Tyga (“Body On Mine”) and producer J.R. Rotem on her latest singles. She has performed alongside the likes of Nas, Alicia Keys, and The Wanted and is currently on Nick Cannon’s Celebrity High Magazine Tour! Eva’s latest single, “Trapped,” (December 2014) is about self-awareness and the ability to navigate your way out of harmful relationships and situations. Learn more about Eva and her music via her website or check out her Facebook page.

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.

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E_5125Tell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

I decided to join The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels concert because it’s a great opportunity to participate in a wonderful cause that has the capability to reach out to so many viewers. I’m excited to perform my new single ‘Trapped’ because it ties into the theme extremely well. I’m happy to be a part of this great event!

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                       

Ending violence against women is very important. Domestic abuse is something many women have kept secret because it can be shameful, but now we are making society more aware which translates into not feeling alone and gaining the courage and strength to get out of that situation. No one deserves to be stuck in an abusive situation.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?      

Music alone cannot end violence against women but it’s a tool many people use to draw out emotions such as courage, strength, hopefulness, and confidence. I believe it can aid in any type of hard situation. I, myself, listen to music when I need inspiration. I have certain songs that make me sad, some bring out my anger, and others boost my morale and confidence. I think most people can relate to using music in a similar way.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

Music artists are in a great position to get their voices heard. This is because we have large platforms that can reach out to a broader audience.

I believe we must take these opportunities seriously because a part of fame is embracing the responsibility to send out important messages. We have the ability to inspire people with our music as well and not only is that a gift but its also a chance to make a positive change.