Watching the news about George Floyd, it is difficult to know what to do or what to say – and of course we usually keep all posts here about DJing. But in this case equally we felt that saying nothing was not an option.
As usual, for us music says it better than our words could. One of my favourite records of all time (and, as it turns out, one of Steve Canueto’s, the co-owner of Digital DJ Tips), is CeCe Rogers’ “Someday”. If you read no further, I’d love for you to hit play on this:
So, we still wanted to have a go at putting into words our feelings.
We stand completely against what we witnessed in the horrific George Floyd footage, no ifs or buts.
We stand completely by the right of people to protest.
It feels crazy having to type it, but we agree that black lives matter.
It hardly needs pointing out, but as DJs, our whole culture is built on music of black origin. Furthermore, our culture has always been about love, unity and the fighting of prejudice – about music bringing people together.
We don’t recognise what we see here, it scares us, and we want to convey how sorry and concerned we are at what’s unfolding.
We agree that enough is enough.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
CeCe Rogers – Someday
The world is cold and times are bad
Every time I think about it, it makes me sad
War and drugs are everywhere
And it’s getting so hard to breathe the air
But it doesn’t have to be like this
All the rancour and bitterness
If we can just open our eyes
We can make the world a paradise someday
We’ll live as one family in perfect harmony
When we all pull together we will all be free
Free from the pressure and the prejudice
We can change it all with tenderness
There’ll be no void between black and white
We’ll be able to walk the streets at night
I won’t be fooled while someone dies of starvation
The whole world will be my nation
We will walk hand in hand
I’ll go to South Africa and be called a man someday