In times of crisis, people rally together. And while most of us will only read about the current refugee crisis or see images of it in news reports, it’s a crisis which has made an emotional impact on us all. This Friday, The Art School have arranged a fundraiser night for Glasgow’s Unity Centre which provides vital support for refugees in Scotland. Operating out of a small office in the city centre, this non-profit, non-funded organisation offers everything from asylum support to shelter and food. Entirely dependent on donations, events like this Friday’s fundraiser are of great importance in maintaining that support.
Ahead of the event, we checked in with Optimo’s JD Twitch who will play alongside a cast of local and national talent including Hyperdub’s Cooly G, Éclair Fifi, Klaus and All Caps’ Bake. Offering an insight into the closing sequence of his set, Twitch has selected a track with special significance to him, particularly in the context of the current crisis:
VAN DER GRAAF - REFUGEES
“I'm really looking forward to playing an edit / remix I have made of Van Der Graaf Generator's ‘Refugees’. The original is from 1970 and is an unlikely dance track, but it's been a favourite of mine since I was a teenager. The lyric, particularly in the end section is particularly apt for this event. I discovered it listening to late night radio in my bedroom, aged about 14, long after I was supposed to be asleep. I think my version (which I'm afraid is not available to hear) will make a fitting last track.”
JD Twitch plays alongside Éclair Fifi, Klaus, Cooly G and more at the Unity Centre Fundraiser this Friday (23rd) at The Art School. Entry is £7 on the door and free for “friends in the asylum system”. Donations can be made to The Unity Centre here.