The wonders of virtual partying have been highlighted over the pandemic. And while the in-person party may be well and truly back on, that is not to say that the universality and accessibility of virtual gatherings should be overlooked, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Difference Makers is here to prove this.
Partnering with the incomparable master of the decks, DJ Shy One, the online movement has looked to connect people far and wide with a virtual rave. Taking to the largest hydro-electric power station in Scotland, Cruachan Power Station, the London-based artist will be providing high energy and good vibes to be enjoyed by fans both near and far via livestream, all of which is being provided to us by leading dance music media brand, Mixmag.
And, while all of the above sounds exciting enough, that is not where the innovation ends. With the even being fuelled by the same venue from which it will take place within, it situates itself as the first virtual rave to be powered by renewable sources. The reality of the planet’s climate is setting in on us increasingly, and the music industry is one of many searching for solutions to this harrowing issue. And, thanks to the unprecedented moves being made by Difference Makers, it becomes clear that there is a way to enjoy music whilst also being a friend to the environment.
When discussing the rave, Shy One explained, “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! 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.”