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So this band called Ceasefire filmed a full on music video at Burning Man last year. They are currently using images from the Burn to promote their EP, and there are claims that they are using photos without permission in their advertising.

As I thought about it I wondered why this bothered me so much. I mean, there’s been a lot of videos before of the Burn, often set to music. So why is this different? I feel it’s because in all of those other videos I’ve seen, I feel it is a celebration of this crazy thing we do, and inspires folks to participate. This video feels like exactly the opposite. It feels like someone taking the hard work of Burners and using it to promote THEMSELVES.

I won’t get started on how their music sounds like the worst sort of “LA Industry Bait”, the music could be mind blowing and I’d still be upset that someone felt it was OK to violate the event rules for personal gain.

Here is a copy of the message I sent to them, I hope one of the band members actually reads it:

An Open Letter to the band Ceasefire,

I am sure that you are receiving a lot of angry messages today over your recent Music Video “In the Dead of Night”. I want you to know that I am not angry, but I am very disappointed.

I am disappointed because I am a musician and performer myself, and a Burner, and to be honest I expected better of you. I would expect a group of artists to understand how important it is to an artist that their work is represented honestly.

All those Art installations and Art Cars out there on the Playa? That was a gift to the community, and to the world. Those artists did NOT work long hours, in back breaking heat, hauling tons of gear to the desert to create a backdrop to your music video. The fact that you used it as such, in SPITE of the fact that this type of commodification is expressly prohibited on your ticket, makes me disappointed.

More than anything, I’m ashamed of you for taking the work of the thousands of participants at Burning Man who spend 365 days planning for their next one and cheapening it with your attempt to promote yourselves. It is selfish, and dishonest, two qualities I am pretty sure you didn’t start out making music wanting to promote.

Ian K.

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therealbornfree:

Mark Twain

I’ve always felt this was the hardest hurdle to get over, taking that first step. Once you do,  you find that you gain better footing each consecutive step you take. Pretty soon you can run without thinking how difficult that first step was!

therealbornfree:

Mark Twain

I’ve always felt this was the hardest hurdle to get over, taking that first step. Once you do, you find that you gain better footing each consecutive step you take. Pretty soon you can run without thinking how difficult that first step was!

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sam2119931:

“Believe In Yourself.”

It’s so easy to get caught up in wondering who to be, but in the end being yourself is the happiest way I’ve found to live!

sam2119931:

Believe In Yourself.”

It’s so easy to get caught up in wondering who to be, but in the end being yourself is the happiest way I’ve found to live!

bubblez543:

Untitled | via Tumblr on We Heart It.

Good to know there’s an “official” term for that!

bubblez543:

Untitled | via Tumblr on We Heart It.

Good to know there’s an “official” term for that!

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There are times I ask myself, why do I do this? Why do I need to deal with the politics, the nights away from home, the long hours in the studio? Then a moment like the one in the picture here happens, when all of that hard work and long dark hours in front of your computer or decks pays off, and you get to share in just a moment of pure excitement and happiness. You get to feel like for just an hour everything is right in the world and you helped to make that happen. In that moment I realize how sharing those moments in part define who I am. 
Here we go 2014, let’s go forth and be awesome together!

There are times I ask myself, why do I do this? Why do I need to deal with the politics, the nights away from home, the long hours in the studio? Then a moment like the one in the picture here happens, when all of that hard work and long dark hours in front of your computer or decks pays off, and you get to share in just a moment of pure excitement and happiness. You get to feel like for just an hour everything is right in the world and you helped to make that happen. In that moment I realize how sharing those moments in part define who I am.

Here we go 2014, let’s go forth and be awesome together!

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Awkward

I think being awkward is in my DNA.

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projectdoll:

😱 Head back, face forward; and hold on like you mean it!

My favorite ride in California Adventure!

projectdoll:

😱 Head back, face forward; and hold on like you mean it!

My favorite ride in California Adventure!

(Source: come2rave, via come2rave)

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Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs

Brand new mix for all of you straight from the studio! Lots of fun tunes in here, lots of diversity of sound and hopefully a little something for everyone to enjoy! Available for stream and download so have it, spread the word, and thank you for an amazing year of support! Here’s to an awesome 2014!

Tracklist:

1 Bang Bang (Remix) (UAnimal’s Festival Trap Remix) - Static Function
2 Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (Dj Gary MC Makina Remix) 
3 Schadenfreude (Tantrum Desire Remix) - The M Machine 
4 You Know How To Love Me - - Marc Smith & Joey Riot 
5 Timewarp VIP - Sub Focus 
6 Workout (Original Mix) - Andy C
7 I Need You - Skeets & Ian K 
8 Love You Tonight - DJ Ham 
9 Penguin8er (JTS Remix)- The Lamin8ers 
10 Rave Repeat - Exposure 
11 Good For Me (KF 2013 Re-work Remix) - Re-Con & Klubfiller 
12 Vice - Camo & Krooked 
13 Summer - J-Mac & Tom Hayward 
14 Take Me Away - Ganar & Genic 
15 Late Night - Gammer & Klubfiller 
16 Knight In Shining Armour - Gammer, Dougal, Hannah Faulkner 
17 Summer Calling Feat. Taylor Fowlis(Tantrum Desire Remix) - Sigma
18 You and I - Darren Styles and Gammer

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