Sadie pushed the button during Above & Beyond’s set in the Under The Electric Sky documentary but the story didn’t stop there.
What was your first electronic music event?
I don’t think the event even had a name, I met this older guy at a sushi bar and he was hosting some weird rave downtown. He sent me an email that said the address would be sent out the day before and had me down listed as a guest (and was allowed 2 other people under my name) and was a name-only party. It was pretty wild in some weird little building in downtown Dallas. The bartender was giving away drugs. [Laughs]
What/who influenced you to attend your first event?
My older cousins were really into techno so I was exposed to it as a kid, and I used to jam that midnight radio where they played the cool trancey techno stuff. I was always pretty into the whole rave scene by being exposed to it all so young but when I got a little older and could go to raves is pretty much when I started going.
What is one moment from an event that was special and why?
There are a lot of special moments. Obviously pushing the button at EDC Las Vegas 2013 on the main stage for Above and Beyond was really amazing, having it filmed for the “Under the Electric Sky” documentary. That was a really fun and wild experience. And because everyone always asks, no it was totally NOT scripted, those were real tears. [Laughs]
Another moment that comes to mind is EDCLV 2016 when I brought a sign that said “I am battling anxiety and depression, you are not alone! Rave with me?” And I went completely alone with the intention of finding others who were having a bad time and making their experience a little better.
I met SO MANY PEOPLE who came up to me crying, telling me about everything going on in their lives and how deeply my sign touched them, because I had the courage to come out and say what I was going through in such a public way to really tear down the stigma of shame that comes with mental health struggles.
I met people who were battling cancer, had partners who died, were broken up with before coming out to EDCLV, and who were battling depression and just got off suicide watch. All sorts of problems. I’m glad I made such a great impact on so many people throughout that adventure. I hope they’re all doing better now. I wonder how they are often.
What is your favorite festival or event?
We did some local ones here in East Texas I helped organize like “Not Another Halloween Party” which was probably my favorite series. We did then out in bumfuck nowhere in the middle of a cotton field. Hotline and all for directions. Mind you this was like 2013/2014. A lot of older folks really appreciated it, and the younger kids were really excited to have that.
What is your favorite electronic song and why?
I don’t think I have a favorite. I like a lot of Adam Young’s stuff. Anamanaguchi does their electronic music on hacked Ataris, I also enjoy them. It’s hard to pick a single song when there’s so much out there.
Who are your favorite artists?
This is a really loaded question. [Laughs] My favorite artists aren’t really electronic musicians… I do like lots of electronic musicians, like older A&B if we’re talking more mainstream, but most of the bands I like are like early 90s-00s underground punk.
What are your favorite genres?
Electronic, all the punk genres, 90s pop, folk music.
What do you feel your “Identity” is in the electronic music community?
I feel like a lot of people look up to me who experience anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders and are a part of the rave community because it was something I spoke out on in my role in “Under The Electric Sky”. It means a lot to me that others look up to me and I can really help give then guidance to get through whatever it is they need help with. I love helping people in any way I can.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself for the readers?
I am a political revolutionary and have been really active in my community here in DFW. Running free to the public workshops such as mental health maintenance, maintaining healthy relationships, harm reduction, study groups, community work, and hosting direct action training courses as well as many others.
You can get in touch with me on Facebook and send a message to me if you’re in our area and are interested in helping out with any community work we do!
I am nonbinary and use the pronouns they/them as well as gender-neutral terminology. I did not list my last name to due security concerns with being in “Under the Electric Sky”.
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