Feature: House for the Homeless

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When Ste Knight interviewed Martin Boulton, manager of Touched Music, he was bowled over by the generosity of the London-based record label. The label has raised over £60,000 for Macmillen Cancer Support, by selling albums of tracks donated by a number of artists. During the interview, Boulton said something that pricked Knight’s conscience: “we could all do a little bit more.”

Knight was inspired to use his own platform and provide music lovers with a fantastic opportunity to help the homeless. Editor of an Underground Electronic music website The Waveform Transmitter, Knight began contacting artists and compiling his own charity album. He received an incredible response from both local and international artists, who are eager to help a cause that seeks to end a global crisis. The album, entitled House for the Homeless, features exclusive tracks from an impressive group of electronic musicians, including Mr. C, Lonya, Odette, Yousef, Danny Howells, and many more.

The album’s launch will be celebrated with an event at District Club on Saturday 15th July. Opening with a free event in YARD from 18:00 – 21:00, DJs will be performing outside and warming us up for the main event. This will also be an opportunity to buy a physical copy of House for the Homeless. From 21:00 – 04:00, District will be buzzing with Techno, House, and Acid from Daniel Steinberg, Kristin Velvet, Odette, and other top quality DJs.    

Speaking with Knight a week before the event, he talked about why he chose to help Crisis: “The issue of homelessness is prevalent in Liverpool, but people do ignore it even though it’s everywhere. These are the people I would like to help using my platform in any way I can. Any proceeds from the club night and any profits from the record will go straight to a charity for the homeless. I thought Crisis would be the perfect charity. It’s the oldest in the UK and the fact that Crisis lobby government for policy change sets them apart from other homeless charities.”

Knight teamed up with his good friend Nicole Konigs Balfry, who runs Zest Event Management, to help organise the album launch. Balfry also runs Soup, Song & Standup, which will be accompanying the event on Sunday 16th July at The Brink from 17:00-19:00. They will be serving free food, hot drinks, and live music from Moxie and DJ AAron Ellis, specifically for homeless people to enjoy in a safe and relaxed environment. The event is open for anyone to come and go as they please.

During our interview, Knight highlighted another important part of the event alongside raising funds: “People know that they can help, but they don’t always know how. It’s an awareness issue. It’s important to raise awareness within the circles we operate in and encourage people to get involved.” Leading by example, Knight has proved that even with a small platform, it is possible to make a huge difference.

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Interview and article written for Crisis, Merseyside. 

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