So our office got robbed, a few weeks ago. Without us being insured for theft. I’ve been explaining the whole situation for weeks on a daily basis and still have to. Quite frankly I think it’s been enough. But, I can’t close the topic just yet, not without writing this blog post and reminiscing all the support we got. From you, the listeners, our partners, labels, artists, press and others. It’s been crazy. And it’s been amazing to feel so much love for a music discovery service we started 3,5 years ago.
On the day of the robbery itself we received tons of support mails, tweets and Facebook posts. Lots of people wanted to help out. A sudden crowd funding initiative was founded by some of our listeners, several people deposited € 22,- (or more) on our bank account and the press was all over it that day. We immediately thanked everyone coming into action but stressed that we wanted to organize something ourselves, without ‘begging’ to help us out. We wanted to celebrate the fact that we’re still here. With music. And so we did.
Thursday the 9th of May we organized ’22tracks & Friends’ at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam, to celebrate the fact that this shit didn’t bring us down. That we’re still here. Together with our friends Saux, MPS Pilot, Jungle by Night, Spacegirls, Waxfiend, Man!e, Snelle Jelle, Brutuzz, Full Crate, FS Green, Flexican, Sef, Henzel & Disco Nova and The Party Squad we celebrated like there was no tomorrow (apparently morning did come, together with a cruel hangover). Guests could either buy a ticket or buy a limited T-shirt with entrance fee included at the door. All the income gathered that night was donated to 22tracks. Bringing it to a total sum of more than € 3.500,-! Crazy! And although this doesn’t cover the robbery loss, we are happy we did it this way and wouldn’t have done it in any other way.
Besides the Bitterzoet and all the above mentioned artists lots of companies helped us out that night (and the days before). The guys from E&I produced the event, Tjunk printed limited Tshirts that we sold at the door, Firma Daan&Laan captured it all on video (soon online), Streamzilla offered us unlimited traffic for our live stream, Streamnerd produced the live stream, Ali Mousavi and Dennis Veldman made some wonderful photo’s that night (see here and here). All without any costs involved. Thank you all so much!
Now. Let’s close this chapter and move on. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Enjoy new music!