These DJs spin good music and deeds

2015-05-05 07:15

Dance the night away and do some good while you’re at it.

This is the idea behind Sound of the Suburbs, which hosts events encouraging music lovers to give to those in need while partying to some of Cape Town’s hottest DJs.

It all started when founder and DJ Thomas Dodds went to fetch a jacket from his room before a night out. He suddenly thought of all those living on the streets without the simple luxury of clothing or blankets. He decided to give back.

Run by Dodds, art director and photographer Bianca Schwerin and events coordinator Alex Labia, the group’s first party last year asked the simple entry fee of a bag of clothes, blankets or tinned food. The proceeds – 20 black bags full of clothing, 50 blankets and four boxes of tinned food – were donated to the Haven Night Shelter.

“The idea is that in some way we accumulate funding or clothing, blankets and food from each event and donate it to a charity whose main focus is helping the homeless or those that are experiencing terrible poverty,” explains Schwerin.

The second event took place at the Assembly in April, with a cover charge going towards a R20 000 donation to the Carpenter’s Shop, which offers homeless people ablution facilities and vocational skills training.

The music industry has taken enthusiastically to the concept, Schwerin says, with DJs such as Haezer, Das Kapital, Grimehouse, Niskerone and Hyphen taking to the decks during the events.

“Our main idea was about DJs coming together to create change. At the same time, our purpose would change the light in which DJs and the nightlife industry are often seen,” she explains.

“The nightlife industry often gets labels with negative connotations such as drugs, sex and alcohol abuse. We want to show the world that it is exactly the opposite of that, that the nightlife industry is associated with people who have good hearts and will go out of their way to put together a party that is about giving back.”

Sounds of the Suburbs is now planning even “bigger and better” events, Schwerin says.

“We are planning on hosting many events in our near future which will be targeted at different audiences. For now, we want to help our immediate communities, but we are also aware that extreme poverty and homelessness is a global issue,” she says

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