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DJ Gareth Emery: A Hero Of A Different Type


It is not often that a celebrity makes me take notice. For the most part, I don’t even know their names, much less do I know what they are doing, who they are doing, or what trouble they are in. I often joke that the only celebrity I know is Oprah (I probably know more politicians than I do celebrities).

With that said, the only celebrities I do know are EDM DJs. I heard this little story about Gareth Emery that brought a smile to my face. While many DJs are Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging, and spending money on ads to encourage their fans to vote for them Emery is telling his fans to NOT vote for him in the DJ Mag voting but instead vote for what charities he should donate to (instead of spending on advertisements for the DJ Mag competition).

What a guy. For 2012 he was ranked 14th, for 2011 he was ranked 13th, for 2010 he was ranked 7th, for 2009 he was ranked 9th, for 2008 he was ranked 23rd, and for 2007 he was ranked 31st. I’ve seen him and he put on a good show – I’ve voted for him on the DJ Mag Top 100 in the past as well (I think 2009).

I’ve said this before, but EDM is a special kind of music genre. Some of these guys have their own personal jets – they make some serious cash for only playing a few times a week. For granted, they work hard when they aren’t playing live. Unlike other genres, many of them make their music from scratch. No autotune singing or buying songs from real song-writers. Even when they perform they many times go out into the crowd or reach over the wall and shake their fans hands. I was 5 feet away from one of the biggest DJs – Armin Van Buuren. And even when he was playing he had fans in his booth with him. When he was coming to the booth he also walked through the crowd so even then I rubbed shoulders with him. When House 7340 was still going on here in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the end of his set another big name, Paul Van Dyk just walked out of the club like a nobody. I told him nice set and he walked off to his car. I doubt you would ever see this type of thing from many other musicians in other genres. In many other genres THEY are the celebrity and you are just a mere dollar sign. With EDM, you are family. As the old saying goes… PLUR.

Below is the blurb he wrote about his decision.

Just took a bizarre unsolicited phone call from a publicity company who help DJs promote themselves for the Top 100 poll, who told me I should be aware one of my ‘competitors’ (as she put it) was spending $15,000 on Twitter advertising alone, and unless I got on that sort of level, I would find it ‘hard to compete’. Obviously not going to say who the DJ was, but I was nearly sick in my mouth.

So here’s an alternative Top 100 message: Don’t vote for me. Seriously, when you buy a ticket to see me in a club, I consider that a vote. When you blast my music in your car, or share it on Facebook, or tell your friends about it, that’s a vote too. Those votes, and the amazing support you’ve shown over the last year, is what matters to me.

If you did plan on voting for me, give that vote instead to the DJs you see spending their money on promoted tweets, sponsored stories, banner adverts, rebranded twitter pages, etc. If they care that much about their number, just let them have it.

In return for your non-votes, rather than spend an amount on a campaign that would probably buy a school in Africa, I am going to donate the same amount to charity, and maybe some good can come out of this.

Actually how about this… I’ll post a poll of my own tomorrow with some various charities that I like and you guys can vote to decide which ones I will donate to. Together we can do something good. A poll where I’ll be proud, rather than ashamed, to ask for your votes.

Back soon,



What Does The Internet Do To Our Brains?

A week ago I wrote about removing myself from Facebook. It is part of a personal project to regain my humanity.

But what does the internet really do to us?

If you look around like me you would think we are coming to a world of hovering sloths akin to the people in Wall-E crossed with a world of Idiocracy and Atlas Shrugged politics.

I kind of agree with the genius autistic kid Jacob Barnett who’s parents were once told he would never talk yet has gone on to challenge Einstein on his theory of relativity and is on track for a Nobel Prize – you need to quit soaking up all the books and listening to what everyone tells you and start exploring and realizing the world around you on your own terms. Humans are amazing in what we can do but if we use things like the internet to use as an intellectual crutch then we will never be able to fully rationalize the world around us.


Goodbye Facebook: Cutting The Addiction

Throughout my life I’ve heard people say that they feel like technology is ruining humanity. That while we are more accessible to one another we are less intimate with one another. We no longer call one another to talk and write one another letters even less than that. Today is the age of texting and of emails – both highly anonymous.

We have social media that is probably anything but social. Posting pictures that 47,000 other people have posted isn’t socializing… it is posting mindless crap that 46,999 other people have posted. Posting a few sentences about how we had a bad day isn’t helping us reconnect… it is complaining without having to show our emotions in person. Accepting a friend request from an old friend isn’t helping us rekindle a friendship… it is allowing us to spy on what they’ve done in the time we’ve missed and act like we suddenly care. Even a Jack-In-The-Box commercial recognizes how people get together just to text people not with them as well as a Windows 7 Phone commercial. If they use our insecurities and our addiction to anonymous technology to sell us more… what does that say about us?

They call it Technology Addiction and instead of emboldening our personal relationships we are enslaved to technology. We are the microwave society. We look for quick fixes and quick highs in our life to help us forget the stressful times and the idle times. It bothers us to be idle. I was no different. I am no different.

I still fumble over myself at the jingle of my phone to see if I have messages or emails. I wake up and immediately look at my phone to see what I missed. I have an unlimited phone plan but use maybe 120 minutes a month (95% of them to my mother), but send 1500+ texts and receive just as many. I get 40+ emails a day from random sources. And then there is Facebook.


When I first got on Facebook I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I could reconnect with people and find long lost friends. Little did I know that if I wasn’t their friend all this time then I wasn’t going to magically waltz into someones life who had survived without me for 8 years. So I stayed on there. I would justify me staying because I would periodically go through my friends list and delete people who I never talked to. I found groups I could be a part of… some of which I was a leader in. But those did nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I met some awesome people on Facebook – some I have over the years met in person and others who still remain just names on the computer screen.

A week ago I deleted my Facebook page. I didn’t just deactivate it – I deleted it. I’m not coming back. I feel pretty salty in saying this, but like any addict… I miss it. I helped me pass my idle time, especially since I work night shift and there is many times little to do on nights.

But on the bright side, I have realized how much time I spend on that social networking site not socializing at all. I have started listening to more of my somewhat forgotten electronic dance music and really enjoying it. I’ve really fallen out of the EDM scene and I miss that too. Oddly enough, it is EDM that helped me become much more social. The music… and large-in-part the people… were open, friendly, and approachable. I met some amazing people in clubs playing EDM, many of who I am still friends with today. This is how it socializing should be done – in person. Imagine!

Hopefully I will continue chipping away at the things in my life who have leeched my humanity over the years. But as I many times say to people trying to lose weight – you didn’t become overweight overnight so don’t expect to become skinny overnight.

SIDE NOTE: One of the things that kept me from leaving Facebook was my excuse that “all my pictures” were on there and that if I left, I’d lose them. This is not true, you can easily download all of your uploaded pictures with absolute ease. If this is part of your concern please check HERE to see how to download all your pictures/videos/likes/links/etc. in one easy download.


REAL Marriage Equality

realequalityI see a lot of equality and M+F pictures on Facebook and this is MY rebuttal and my stance for some time.

This country was founded on the idea that all power was vested in the People. Any power not held by the People cound not be ceded to the government to control or regulate.

If this is true, then when did the People ever have jurisdiction to tell their neighbors that they could or could not marry whoever? We never had that right, yet here today we are demanding that the government afford us marriage.




Until we realize that the government, especially the Federal Government, has no right to regulate marriage, we will NEVER have equality. There, I said it, now go love whoever you want and quit worrying about the damn government verifying your love.


"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

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"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain