Every once in a while, we get a track sent to us that catches us quite off-guard. Sure, we've spent the past few months talking about the victories we overcome in our daily lives (and the music we listen to as the soundtrack to those victories), but it's easy to forget that there are people out there going through a much more dangerous form of struggle. The kind that can get you killed.
Dakon First is a former neo-Nazi who has undergone a radical change as a human being. His goal now is to expose the true dangers that the kind of extremist groups he formerly associated with really pose. For Dakon, atonement starts with music - the language that all of us speak. At Music to, we know how powerful music can be, and what better way is there to spread your message?
Of course, the transition wasn't easy for Dakon. He told me: "It took me almost a year of becoming new person. Yes, it was hard. Yes, it was dangerous for me to telling to my so called "racist comrades" that I was no longer one of them." It takes courage to turn your back on your entire way of life, especially when doing so can have such dire consequences.
'Mein War' truly is Music to Save the World! to. Its message is one that promotes peace. In Dakon's words, "[the aim] is to cultivate tolerance, to fight back race discrimination and to reduce the hate." I try to avoid getting too politically heavy with this playlist (there's a time and a place for that), but I think the spirit embodied in this track is something we can all get on board with.
You can learn more about Dakon's work here: https://www.facebook.com/dakonproject/
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.