Aidan and Burritos & Beats – Fourth Wish Machine Grant!
Forest Family member Aidan created a project that he calls "Burritos & Beats". Aidan gathered 60 burritos and 60 mp3 players - accompanied by headphones and a charger - loaded each with a thoughtfully curated playlist, and distributed them to those that do not have access to music around the Bay Area.
To celebrate his positive impact on his local community, Electric Forest is proud to announce that Aidan will be playing his own set during the First Weekend of #EF2018! Don’t miss his set of tech house vibes and support his Forest wish.
“When I saw this question proposed by the Electric Forest Wish Machine, my first thought was music. The whole reason I create and play music is to alter the crowds emotions for the time being and create an energy that results in a sense of togetherness and positivity. I then started thinking about how I could incorporate this on a local and more personal scale. After thinking about how music has always played an important role in my life, helping me through the best and worst of times, I concluded that I wanted to give those who don’t have access to music, a way to listen. I realized that mp3 players are getting more accessible and less expensive as technology advances. My vision was then created. My goal became to acquire mp3 players with headphones and chargers, upload a variety of different genres of music onto them and hand them out to the homeless of the San Francisco Bay Area. Music is a universal language and a key part of the human experience. It is my intention to provide relief from the daily struggles of those without homes and to evoke inspiration through music.
The project went just as planned – after getting the burritos and making sure they stayed nice and warm, I hit the streets of Oakland. With a backpack full of MP3 players and a warm box full of burritos, I began venturing into the homeless camps that are set up under the freeway. My main approach was to ask if people were hungry first and then ask them if they enjoy music. I came upon a group and asked if they wanted burritos. Most of them said yes and were stoked on it still being hot. I then asked if they liked music and if they would be interested in an MP3 player with music and radio on it. They were enthralled and after I help set them up, it was nothing but smiles and singing. They were all extra excited about the radio being on it and had me show them how to tune it to their favorite local stations. Even though everyone was giving me heartfelt appreciation, one man went out of his way to walk with me and explain how much this meant to him and everyone else. He explained that this was a way to ‘get outside their heads and feel free.’ He said that it meant the world to him that he could be walking down the street listening to Otis Redding right now. I then went to a few different spots and had very similar reactions. At one camp, I helped a gentleman set up the MP3 for his wife who was bedridden inside the tent with her wheelchair outside. He was so excited that she was going to be able to listen to music as she lies down to help make her more comfortable. She gave me sincere gratitude and we exchanged a long conversation through the tent wall. She was very interested in what it was I was doing and why. After explaining the project, the festival, and the incredible Wish Machine program, I went on my way and handed out the rest of the burritos and mp3’s concluding an extremely successful and heartwarming day.” – Aidan
Aidan wishes to spread his perspective of giving back to the community – sharing what he loves with individuals who need it the most – by bringing music and food to those who don’t have access. HQ is proud of Aidan’s empathetic approach to life, and happy to announce that Aidan is invited to join the Forest Family and play his own DJ set during the First Weekend of Electric Forest 2018!
Listen to his tech house vibes and support his Forest wish!
THE ELECTRIC FOREST WISH MACHINE
The Wish Machine sparked inspiration from across the globe. From local communities in Michigan to as far as Tanzania and Cambodia, the Forest Family considered what they could do – for individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and societies – to help make the world a better place. Pledges included raising money and awareness for mental health, rare diseases, and sustainable efforts; donating clothing, personal items, and funds to charity drives and disaster clean-up efforts; volunteering time and resources to local humane societies, hospitals, and homeless shelters; and so much more.
The Wish Machine challenged the Forest Family to venture out into the world and spread positive action and good deeds. Now it’s time for The Forest to reward the most amazing, world-changing, and awe-inspiring acts of kindness.
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