Fighting Fire: Relief for Australia Charity LP
Fighting Fire: Relief for Australia is an initiative by Mandie Bradtberg (missledz) in an effort to raise money to support firefighters and the communities affected by the recent bushfire situation in Australia.
The project has involved the coordination and release of a collaborative Drum and Bass LP to be hosted on Play it Forward (a website to connect artists to charities – hosting releases and directly providing donations to the charity).
Mandie, who is an Australian living in the UK, put the call out on Facebook for potential contributors to the project with regard to track submissions, promotion, artwork, and more. The support and response have been nothing short of phenomenal, with over 50 track submissions being received. Initially, the idea was to include all tracks but soon it was soon clear this would not be feasible, and 20 tracks were chosen by the team.
After careful consideration, it has been decided all the money raised will be donated to Red Cross Australia. Red Cross provide psychological first aid, for those affected by events like severe bushfires, including firefighters and the communities. Their work is really important in assisting communities and rebuilding lives during and after traumatic events.
Donating to the Red Cross will directly assist firefighters, their families and communities in healing and rebuilding following this devastating time. Mental health is a big topic in the music scene and the psychological impact of a traumatic event would be undoubtedly devastating. After seeing a friend recently post about the mental health effects on a family member who was a volunteer firefighter, and the potential benefit mental health support would have had, it made the team think about how to use the funds raised and the Red Cross seemed like a positive way to help those impacted.
Artists involved in the project include Bally & Boom, Creatures, Embr, Equilibr1um, False Relation, Freshney, Handsprime, HD, Incus, Jay Marwaha, Jimi Reborn, Koax, LoKo, M:FX, missledz, Moose, N-Mon1c, Philth, Screamarts, Serpico (Philth & Volatile Cycle), SMP, Sublimit and Transforma. Mark (Abis) kindly offered to master any tracks that were unmastered, which helped a lot!
Massive props to Mandie, Francesca Smith, Cristóbal Montesco, Karl Lambert, Phil Robinson and Neil Bartlett for all the hard work and everything they’ve done in coordinating the Fighting Fire LP, and to the artists for getting the word out about the release.
This is what can be achieved in a very short space of time when a scene comes together! Gotta love Drum & Bass!
Fighting Fire: Relief for Australia will be out on 24th January, so dig deep and get yourselves a copy of the LP from here and help Australia rebuild!
Bally & Boom – Faith ft. Jay Marwaha
Creatures – Inflicted
Equilibr1um – Burning Forests
False Relation – Accidental Session
Freshney – Amber
Handsprime – Watch the Tapes
HD – Liminal
Incus – Contemplate
Jimi Reborn – The Forfeit
Koax & Sublimit – Chatoyancy
LoKo – Sending Love
M:FX – Home ft. Embr
missledz – Ember
Moose – Otherside
N-Mon1c – Structure
Philth – Rain Dance
Screamarts – Coming Through
Serpico (Philth & Volatile Cycle) – Connoisseur
SMP – Lyra
Transforma – Blood Red Sky