this festival changes my life.
Thinking about how one week from today I’ll be in the midst of it has a whole new meaning for me now. I’ve been to Saturday Together meetings, been in contact with Ben Gray, who’s spent hours and hours of his time writing and editing the guide. I’ve seen writers turn around the Dig issue quickly and without complaint while working full-time jobs and writing a million other things. But we don’t do this for the money or the esteem, we do it because we care so much about making this festival happen. And the vastness of this year’s Together continually blows my mind.
Last year during the fest, RJD2 said to me that Boston crowds are different, that he sees a fire in them that is unprecedented. Together is the manifestation of that.
We’re not Brooklyn. We’re not Austin. We’re not Detroit.
We are Boston. And the future of music is very much the present in this city.
From the perseverance of a group of volunteers, we got Four Tet. We got Duke Dumont. We got Andrés. We have a lineup that’s attracting the attention of the international press. But one that also showcases local producers, and DJs.
I have a Q&A with Scumbag Steve.
We again have free seminars teaching kids how to use the newest production software to make their own music, how to become their idols. And there’s so many more free daytime panels and events, just take an hour (or two) and behold togetherboston.com.
When Together ended last year, I was upset. Until I realized that Together never ends; it continues to add fuel to that fire.
It introduced me to so many amazing people with new ideas about music, art, and technology in my own city. It connected more than 20 venues with worldwide legends of dance music. And it inspires everyone who takes part to create for themselves.
To be a DJ. To make music. To write.
This isn’t just a music festival.
This is the manifestation of everything Boston has shown in the last two weeks. That things are created by the united efforts of people meeting each other, people meeting every night to the same beat, local music and art collectives working hand-in-hand—and everyone, together, welcoming new generations to the family with open arms.
Metter will be reporting live this year, no matter how busy I’ve been lately. I’ll be getting the full Together experience again this year, 100 percent of the time.
So I’ll see you all at the center of the dance floor.