As many of us know, the dance music community is a very giving place. Many artists of the community help out however they can during this time of year. We talked with Tyler Martens (aka Stickybuds), who came up with a way to raise money for charity using his own albums.
Tyler was going to give some of his records to his friends earlier this month, but he found that a lot of people were requesting the same records, so he decided to hold a charity auction. The auction resulted in the records going for $600, and Tyler was able to buy a lot of gifts, which he then gave to a charity organization collecting toys.
He participated in the UBK toy drive alongside another Shambhala resident, JPOD the Beat Chef, in the spirit of giving. The toy drive was held at Starlite Room in Edmonton and they partnered up with local charity organization ‘Santas Anonymous’ for the event. It was requested that attendees bring unwrapped toys to donate to the charity organization, who aim to have every child receive a new toy at Christmas. The event proved to be very successful. Hopefully, this will bring a lot of smiles to children’s faces on Christmas morning!
The idea came from his parents, who asked him to donate to the less fortunate instead of buying them gifts. Because of this, Tyler and his girlfriend bought gifts and donated them to the charity auction. According to Tyler, it felt good to give and that’s what inspired it, as well as the United Bass Kollective (UBK) drive.
The act of giving around this time of the year can be a refreshing boost that we need. We all know someone who has needed a little bit of help around the holidays. Not only that, the people receiving the donations truly appreciate it. It helps to amplify the spirit of giving that is known in this community. If you have any stories about charity, please share them in the comments. Hope to see you on the dance floor!