One of the reasons we love music is because of the way it makes us feel. EDM in particular is all about PLUR – peace, love unity, respect. And while there's a lot of people who don't abide to that, there are more who do, including DJs. Within that group, there are even DJs who love, unite, and show respect for their community. Such is the case with Tyson Illingworth, or rather tyDi. While touring through the Philippines this past weekend, tyDi took the time to visit the streets of the capital of the Philippines, Manila, to talk music and life with young children. While he probably didn't take the time to explain what PLUR means, his act was one from the heart. Check out his passage below to see just how touched he walked away from the experience.
“Always remember that someone else is happy with less than what you have” – A quote that I’ve tweeted before but never truly appreciated until this weekend when I got to spend time with some children who changed my life. Whilst on tour in the Philippines I was able to hang out with these kids who live on the streets. Many of them have no homes or families and they come from very difficult and dangerous situations. A fantastic program gives them a chance to experience something that most of us take for granted… music!
I showed them how I play and make music, I got to see them laughing, smiling, dancing and having fun. They played me some of their own songs and unintentionally reminded me of how grateful I should be about my own life. The whole experience was incredibly heart warming and I’ve been told that through this program some of the kids have gone on to get Jobs. I’ve always known that music brings people joy, but to see its effect on children who literally have nothing else in life was an experience that no words can describe. I certainly won’t forget it! – tyDi