Climate change is becoming an increasingly unavoidable mark on our planet. The way we consume continues to threaten the earth even within the music industry, with the knock-on effects prompting DJs and producers to become more efficient when touring and performing. The music industry is learning to adapt and weigh up carbon costs as it begins to find more ways in becoming eco-friendly. This is why Mixmag has teamed up with Difference Makers - a digital movement that wants to aid sustainability using science, tech, engineering and maths (STEM) - to bring you an exclusive livestream challenging the music industry to consider its environmental impact.
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London’s Shy One headed up to Scotland this month to visit the Cruachan Power Station - also known as The Hollow Mountain. Set against the expansive backdrop of the renewable hydroelectric power plant, the NTS and Rinse FM resident dropped in to perform an eclectic hour-long set delivering a blend of genres with the mission to set a new standard for music sustainability. Shy One’s set is entirely powered by the renewable energy generated at the power plant and can be watched by anyone across the globe.
"I’m used to playing at radio station studios and dark nightclubs rather than the wide-open spaces of the Scottish Highlands, so this is definitely a new DJ experience for me!" said Shy One on the one-off performance. "Finding a way to address the issues of climate change and the current energy crisis through my artform is important for me and I know is a big issue for anyone concerned with their impact.”
Set up by new digital movement Difference Makers, the stream also aims to connect people with knowledge on the subject of sustainability and educate young people on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Institution for Engineering & Technology’s President Professor Danielle George MBE tells Mixmag: “Even before millions were confined to their homes by a global pandemic, we’ve seen an exponential increase in the use of streaming around the world, something only made possible by developments in STEM.
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“Bringing entertainment to the masses is a wonderful thing, but we also believe as an organisation representing STEM pioneers, we also have a responsibility to consider, investigate and understand the energy costs. This exceptional event is proof of concept that a greener, cleaner future is possible as we aim to raise awareness of STEM among young people and how it can make an impact on the world’s biggest challenges,” she said.