Interviews

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. 

The “Music For Pixels” Summer Charity Concert Interview – Debbie Reifer, Barbados

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 seventh featured artist is Barbadian singer song/writer Debbie Reifer who has a musical style that reflects a tender articulation of the human condition and offers therapy for the soul. Since the successful release of her first single “Amber “ in 2012, which spoke to domestic violence, Debbie has gone on to release her first EP “Hearts Like Mine” and to write music for the critically acclaimed Barbadian movie “Chrissy”. She is nominated for Best New Artist in this year’s Barbados Music Awards and is currently working on her second album. To find out more about Debbie and her music, visit her Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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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Debbie II 6628_3Q_compressedTell 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 Debbie Reifer and I am a singer/songwriter from Barbados. I’ve decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert because I am one of the many who knows women directly affected by domestic violence, and I’d like to add my voice to the movements that are dedicated to seeing it eradicated.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

Humanity is so broken. Hope for healing doesn’t exist without pledging to fully commit to spreading not just an attitude, but a lifestyle of love, respect and non-violence. It needs to be our global norm. No child should grow up seeing women abused in or outside of the home and thinking it’s the norm. No female should be denied the freedom and safety to live without assault.

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

Music is one of the most powerful mind and attitude changers on the planet. I think music reaches people in the place that encourages the most change – the heart. Pairing great music with a great message? Absolutely, because music definitely helps efforts to end violence against women.

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

We are inundated with music that glorifies the routine disrespect and sexual mistreatment of women physically and emotionally.  We are also inundated with music that promotes violence.  I would encourage artists to help provide the much-needed balance on the music airwaves and social media sites and write and promote music that returns honour and respect to women; and love & respect for humankind.  Help create the new global norm that we need so badly through one of the most powerful viral tools on the planet – music!

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Cecilia St. King, 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 sixth featured artist is Cecilia St. King. Since running from the falling towers of the WTC and discovering cancer in her throat 6 months later, Cecilia St. King, Peace Troubadour has been traveling from coast to coast, healing our world using the gift of Music. Translating the Ageless Wisdom teachings into song, her concerts effect social change. Her performance invigorates the mind, energizes the body, expands awareness, galvanizes the imagination, affirms the wisdom of the heart, reminds us of the Spirit within us all, and awakens us to new possibilities. Blending American roots music that merges rock, blues, folk, spirituals and a hint of jazz, her music is contemporary and upbeat and offers a powerful antidote to turmoil in our current times. Find out more about Cecilia via her website and follow her 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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Michael Cohen PicTell 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 CeciIia St. King. I am a Peace Troubadour. I’ve been traveling around the United States for the past 15 years performing concerts for Peace: Inner Peace that is because that is where it all begins, in our homes, in our communities, in our hearts.

My heart is filled with gratitude knowing there are other light-workers helping to heal our planet. The Pixel Project brings together people who are being the change we wish to see in the world, so glad to be joining forces with them.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

I know first hand the ravages of violence. I was raped twice as a young woman. It annihilated my life till I was able to forgive.

Violence against women is also violence against the inner most being of a man. What we do to one, we do to ourselves. When violence is perpetrated against a woman, it affects the perpetrator as well. It stays with them throughout their lifetime, through guilt, remorse, shame. When we shine the light on these atrocities we can begin our healing.  We are at a turning point in our world, woman are rising above being considered as second-class citizens, feminine energy is being recognised for the soft power it brings to healing our world.

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

“Where there is music there can be no harm.” Music eases the heart and brings peace to people. When music is played in the home, peace reigns, it opens our hearts and activates our brain like nothing else does.

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

Sing, play and make a joyful noise.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Carolan Deacon, 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 fifth featured artist is Carolan Deacon who is an Illuminating Songstress and Truth Guide. A musical wellness warrior, she is armed with her gifts of voice, coaching and healing arts. Carolan creates live and virtual  experiences that light a path to living in the freedom of truth. She is the creator of Ease & Grace Circle, and Empowered Voice Coalition, 2 international communities that empower women with finding their true voice and living in the freedom of their Truth. Her positive life-affirming music plays a key role in her programs as she believes in the power of music to heal and transform. Her concerts are enjoyed around the country and her music and teachings can be found on her website.

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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Tell 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 singer/songwriter who creates songs that empower, shift energy and boost positive thoughts. I have seen what happens first hand when a woman experiences violence against her. I was excited to hear of The Pixel  Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert because this is an issue close to my heart.

My heart just absolutely sings when I think of The Pixel Project and the powerful message it carries! Thank you! I am honoured to come together with this fabulous group of people sharing their gifts in ways that both increase awareness of and offer supportive solutions to violence against women around the world. No More!

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

Her spirit can crumple and it is devastating. The effects of her experience can ripple over into every area of her life and last for years, whether she is aware of it or not.

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

As a Positive Music artist and creator of True Voice Coalition (a community committed to helping women around the world reclaim the power of their own voice and live free and empowered), I have seen the transformation that happens when a woman cultivates her sense of self and decide to live empowered and free.

I love the fact that music can play a key role on changing lives as it has the unique ability to heal us and enhance our neuroplasticity, which in turn helps us make tough changes with more ease and comfort.

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

Put the message of hope and empowered freedom in your lyrics. Be eager to put your face, your music and your voice out to the world in saying: NO MORE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Bob Sima, 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 fourth featured artiste is Bob Sima (pronounced sEYE-ma). Bob’s music begins as a conversation with the Source that lives within each one of us. Bob’s gift is not simply singing to his audience, it is connecting to his audience. His lyrics are inspired by his personal journey of awareness, growth, and transformation. His delivery is humble, palpable, and universally accepted. He is able to capture, in song, what Eckhart Tolle captured through his writings and speeches. Bob’s music reminds us of the lessons, the reminders, the splendor, and experiences that are passed down from our ancient ancestors and master teachers. From his heart to yours, and your heart ours, allow the conversation to live on. You can follow Bob’s updates on Facebook, or watch his 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 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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Bob Sima 2_compressedTell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

Music is a powerful tool for personal transformation.  Personal transformation is a powerful tool for global change.

This is a great concert! I loved the energy of all of who are a part of it, and it really drew me in to be part of something that has a great intention and great vibe and is truly a great value to humanity.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I feel that all life is sacred and all life is equally important, and it is vital to connect at a sacred level with all life – men, women, children and all of earth’s beings. Women and the divine feminine have been suppressed for far too long in a masculine defined world, and this has to change in order for our planet to shift to a higher, more loving and compassionate place.

And specifically, violence against women is unconscionable to me on every level and so I stand with the Pixel Project in creating energy and awareness around ending this cycle by leading humanity to a place of higher consciousness.

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

Music empowers feelings, emotions and intentions that can lead to action. I consider my songs a soundtrack to transformation. The song for this project we chose is “Shine”, because this song speaks to the opening and flowering of consciousness and when we shine, we give others permission to shine as well. If a person comes from their centre, their light, then violence would never be an option and we can see a brighter and more peaceful place for all beings.

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

Start with the songs; they are the quickest vehicle to the heart. The heart is where changes and shifts happen in people. If you can create art that creates change, then you are on the right path!

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Alexis Umathum, 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 third featured artiste is Alexis Umathum. Alexis is a survivor. Abandoned at just one month old by her mother, to just barely surviving a bacterial pneumonia that took over her body; leaving her in a coma-like state in ICU for two weeks in 2014. Still recovering, she’s ready to take on her biggest battle yet, the mainstream music industry. Alexis is a star in the making, with an undeniable ability to capture the attention of any audience. With her powerful vocals and professional songwriting craft, she is well on her way to changing the music industry. Alexis got her start on the hit media site YouTube, and has accumulated millions of views on her channel since then. In 2014, she was a finalist in Ryan Seacrest’s cover song contest for her cover of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”. Alexis was raised by her grandmother in the small San Diego suburb, Murrieta. Alexis is currently working on an album. To learn more about Alexis and her music, you can follow her on Twitter or watch 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 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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Alexis-Alexis-0003Tell 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 Alexis Umathum, and I’m a singer/songwriter from Murrieta, California. I was thrilled when I was asked to participate in this incredible event. I hold these causes close to my heart, as I have worked many years with many charities to help end violence against women and children.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

No woman or child should have to endure any form of mistreatment against themselves or a loved one. Working with anti-Violence Against Women charities gives me the opportunity to meet with many victims and I can see the damage caused from violence. It’s heart-breaking to see the brutality that many of these young women live through every day.

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

Music is a universal language that speaks to everyone. Through strong and uplifting, powerful music, I believe we can bring knowledge to the world and expose people to the abuse that women suffer.

Events such as The Pixel Project’s Music for Pixels Summer Charity Concert are meant to bring awareness to people around the world through music so that one day we can hope to live in a violent free world.

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

I believe artists can bring awareness to such issues by participating in events like this concert. Music brings people together, and with that power, music artists are capable of spreading the word about important issues, such as voiolence against women.

Many of my favourite artists are attached to different charities and they have helped millions. I hope to one day have the same impact.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Adam Web, 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 second featured artiste is Adam Web. Adam Web = optimistic acoustic funk. Though living in Philadelphia, PA, his career began about 10,000 miles across the world in Australia.  It was here, while studying abroad, that Adam began writing of his inspiring travels and experiences. The music that emerged was shaped with percussive guitar grooves, soulful vocals, and spiritually conscious sentiment. With his rootsy approach he has drawn comparisons to such contemporaries as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Jason Mraz, but still maintains a definitive sound of his own. This sound has made its way across the U.S with his last album “Once We Were Stars” being played on over 100 college radio stations in 2010.  It also caught the ears of 2 major TV networks, as his single “Standstill” was used in an episode of MTV’s “The Real World Las Vegas (2011)” and his song “Life is My Play” was used on Oxygen’s “The  Bad Girls Club (2011)”.  Through multiple tours, Adam has performed in 14 states across the country including such festivals as South by Southwest  (Austin, TX) and Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA).  He has performed at such prominent venues as the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, TN and MilkboyPhilly in Philadelphia, PA. Follow Adam’s updates and videos on Facebook and 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 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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no-35Tell 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 Adam Web and I am an optimistic singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, PA.  My music is hopeful and spiritually conscious. I have amazing women in my life in my wife, mother, mother in law, grandmother, nieces, and countless aunts.

When I think about the injustices and cruelty that many women across the world must endure, I ask myself “what if that happened to the people that I love in my immediate circle of family and friends?”  That thought brings about a feeling that we are all connected and if one person or one group of people is hurting, then the world is hurting.

I chose to be a part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert, because music is my voice, and I would like to contribute my voice to help bring awareness to these issues.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

I think that when we envision any of the important women in our lives in danger, our protective nature kicks in. If we can expand these feelings beyond our immediate families and friends to that of all woman across the world, amazing things can happen. Ultimately I feel that a shift in consciousness changes the world and I want to be a part of that change. I want to help restore balance in this world, and that cannot happen if women are suppressed and harmed.

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

If you are trying to spread a message that needs to reach many nations and languages, you’ll need to have something that can universally speak to everyone. I believe that music bridges these gaps.  Even if the lyrics are written in a specific language, the music, melodies, and emotion felt in the delivery of the song can speak volumes to the listener. We can raise awareness about the issue of violence against women through this universal language.

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

Musicians can use their voice. They can weave their message throughout their songs and use their story telling abilities to help people relate to what they are saying. They can raise awareness that this issue exists all over the world spanning all cultures and races. Starting a conversation is such an important step in beginning the healing process for an issue like ending violence against women. The more we talk, the more opportunities there are for creating solutions and music can be the spark that get’s people talking.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – AHMIR, 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 first featured artist is AHMIR, The Pixel Project’s YouTube ambassador. As featured in Us Weekly, Billboard, Vibe.com and AOL Entertainment, AHMIR is the #1 Most Popular R&B Group on YouTube with over 70 million video views and comments by celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Perez Hilton, P!nk and more. The group has used their success to bring awareness to charity organisations including Lucy’s Love Bus, Haiti Relief Fund, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, YMCA, The Pixel Project, and Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids. Their cover video of P!nk’s “Perfect” was named one of the top Anti-Bullying PSA’s by The Huffington Post. Follow AHMIR’s updates and videos on Facebook and YouTube.  AHMIR is now signed to Robbins Entertainment and have just released their debut single entitled “WAR” to Top 40 radio nationwide. “WAR” is available now for purchase on iTunes.

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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IMG_3628_color_compressedTell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

Sing-SingAs a popular music artist on YouTube and ambassador to The Pixel Project, we believe we are blessed with the responsibility to send a global message to raise awareness about violence against women. It is our hope that The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert will be an extraordinary way to empower and strengthen the spirits of victims and survivors of violence against women.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

KC: When I was a kid, I witnessed domestic violence in my home. The situation caused me to feel unsafe. I grew up with the notion that violence was not only tolerated, but accepted in my family. As I reached my teen years and watched the females in my family battle such violence, I began to realize that just because a person is physically stronger than you, it does not give them the right to enforce their will against you. I understand how a man treats a young woman early on in life will affect them for the rest of their life. It is important that we teach young men how to treat women properly.

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

Mr. Jones: The powers of melody and harmony have the ability to compliment the sentiment behind just words. Words can definitely be powerful, but music helps to amplify the message that is being communicated.  Music is a powerful, powerful tool.  Unfortunately, it’s a tool that is often used to convey messages that aren’t crucial to human growth.

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

Big Mike: Musicians have a captive audience that listen to the words sung in their songs. The songs move your mind and soul to laugh, cry, dance, etc.  Therefore, musicians should feel it is a privilege to use their unique talents to help raise awareness to end violence against women. You don’t need to change the world, but you have a special platform to perhaps help one young woman out there who is crying inside with pain and feeling hopeless. You can help be that beacon of light to show them that there are supporters and people who care and want you to be a survivor.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 1 – Munish Jauhar, 39, India

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 first “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Munish Jauhar from India.

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The Dad Bio

Munish Jauhar is the CEO/Founder of GrayCell Technologies Exports which he founded in 2004. Today, GrayCell has grown exponentially with a list of Global 2000 clients. Graycell is also an award-winning champion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), providing strong support to initiatives like holding blood donation camps, tree plantation drives, charities for orphans and women in need.  An avid collector of both modern and contemporary Indian art, Munish’s other interests include reading, fish keeping, music and birding. He is married to Gurpreet and they have two daughters Bisr and Hunar.

PIC_95751. What is the best thing about being a dad?

That is a very tough question to answer because I love everything about being a dad, be it watching my girls smile, hearing their unconditional laughter, holding their hands, being a child again with them, or getting their special drawings every now and then. But if I had to pick one thing it is that fatherhood is unconditional love, it’s not all about ‘me’ but it is about ‘we’ a family.

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?

Yes, a father does have a very significant impact on their son’s attitude towards girls and women, but at the same time I feel the mother too has a very strong impact. My parents have had a very positive influence on me in this context because I was never raised to think that men and women are not equal and nor I have ever seen any domestic violence at home. Learning has to begin at home and it is the parents who have to lead by example.

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?

This is a big issue which impacts all of us either directly or indirectly. Positive male role models need to reach out to other males (young and old) who they know of in their immediate circles and educate them about this problem and bring about a change in their patriarchal mindsets. Young boys, while growing up, always look up to their fathers and father figures such teachers, mentors, uncles, older brothers etc. And it is precisely these role models who have to lead by example. We also have to get them to imbibe a ‘Pay It Forward’ attitude in this context.