Ever been outraged at the price of a bottle of water in a club? Imagine having to trek miles to get it. The problem of water shortages in the developing world is one of the most critical challenges that the planet faces today. And in recognition of this, new project DJaid is striking out and making a difference, raising money to help global water projects by getting the dance music community involved.
Founded by Ema Jones in 2007, the project aims to raise awareness and funds for charity Wateraid.org with a series of special events and club nights. Their launch party last November at London's AKA Bar was a roaring success, bringing together DJs like Rocky, Chris Bones (Black Rabbit), Simon Kurrage (SDM, Mulletover) Mr Shiver (Unsung Heroes) and Dan Van Damn (Jack Digitals), raising £779 for Wateraid.
For Rocky, DJaid represents a new way of giving dance music back its political voice, of partying in the name of a good cause.
"It's a bit of a cliché but people say that music is always take, take, take, so it's nice to give something back for a change. It's a great cause and a great party," he enthused.
DJaid have three upcoming events planned at London's AKA Bar, on 29th May, 31st July and 30th October, with more top DJ talent appearing: Serge Santiago and Dan van Damn are already confirmed.
DJaid will also be present at summer festivals Wax:On, Secret Garden Party and Stokefest, with further plans to take the party to Brighton Beach and overseas still in the planning stages.
It's a great initiative, so why not get involved? Check out DJaid.co.uk for more information.