miércoles, 4 de julio de 2018

(The) Placebo Effect




Placere (Latin) - to please What is the Placebo effect?


by Mirko Djurovic  - audio visual producer for Placebo Anyway 

The definition of the word 'placebo' usually boils down to 'something that has no therapeutic effect'. 

In the year 1996, with the release of the 'Placebo' album, the definition changed forever into 'something that does have a therapeutic effect'. This definition has been solidifying for the past 20 years, through many songs that penetrates our hearts and our souls with indescribable pleasure. 

It is a therapeutic effect, making definitions we see in encyclopedia look... Well, not entirely correct. We need a new 'Placebo' definition. It's not easy catching the eye of a massive audience with your first album and making the first step into musical history. 

Placebo - Ask For Answers

However, we won't be dealing with history, but with the Placebo Effect. How to achieve this? 'You have to believe...' Is something that we heard a thousand times so it must be true. Except it's not. 

Of course, there is no 'recipe' for it, but there is a million little pieces that make up the complete picture: working in brick shithouse when it's 36 degrees, hanging to your IQ, crawling for answers, breathing underwater, battling for the Sun, being passive-aggressive, with all these special needs... 

Hoping that the end won't be bitter. It's extremely hard. You have to be very loud while carrying your wounds from the past, covered in bruises. 
But, for what it's worth, you have to keep on fighting. You need to have a huge heart. 



But when your heart is like an ashtray, the pain can be unbearable. Sometimes, craving for the Sweet Prince who is the only valuable friend that can fix all the pain away is inevitable. 

It's a wonderful thing, though, to have the one who will ask you if you can handle all the good and bad things in this day and age. Still, if you have lots of soulmates around the globe - you know you are on the right path. That is the way to change a definition. 

Or make a new one that one day will be written in every encyclopedia.


Mirko Djuvoirc - audio visual producer from Montenegro.

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domingo, 1 de julio de 2018

Without You I'm Nothing (Placebo) by Xakestar



“BLASPHEMOUS AND HIGHLY MISLEADING“

Xakestar is a Persian rock band originally formed in Tehran/Iran by Mo Khojasteh in 1999.


The band's music was officially banned in 2003, because "it contains blasphemous and highly misleading and offensive material" as the authority and the ministry of culture explained their attitude. 

All three band members were threatened with severe punishments such as flogging or prison. Frontman Mo was even told that “worse“ would await him, if they kept on making, performing or publishing music. 

I think we all know what “worse“ means in that case. Can you imagine to die for your music? A terrible thought! It's beyond me that one can be killed because of loving music.

Anyway, at that point Mo, Hani Rajabi and Behruz Bazargan knew that they had to abandon their homeland, and so they escaped from the Iran to Falun in Sweden. 

I didn't ask but I guess they can never go back to their native country. The band members experienced a bitter situation of exile though some their plans were fulfilled in Sweden. Xakestar reached no.1 in the national metal charts for example, which is undoubtful a big success. 

At their concerts the band usually plays both original material and cover versions of songs from a number of well-known bands such as Pink Floyd, Alice in Chains or Moonspell.


I guess you know how Placebo comes into the picture now and what's going on. →Yes, Xakestar is one of my cover bands for you!

Xakestar produced a version of “Without you I'm nothing“ in 2011, and this decision was motivated by Mo's personal life incidents. “I was involved in a relationship which was emotionally abusive and hurtful, but day after day I became more determined to retain it,“ he explains. 

Mo starts to elaborate: “Placebo’s song has a character. The speaker of the poem has been mistreated and he is just narrating a story, a story which was similar to mine at the time of production. 

In Mo's point of view the singer expresses moments of agony and degradation, defenselessness and downfall in horrid details. "Nevertheless, all the instances of emotional mistreatment are actually making the speaker more resolute in his quest for love," Mo ends his interpretation of the song.

Enjoy Xakestar's version of “Without you I'm nothing“ now! And give it a try and also listen to “Detachment“, one of their own singles. 


P.S.: If you like the sound I have good news: The band is working on a new album, which will be released in the near future.
Here you can read the letter we got from Moe. 



By Silke for Placebo Anyway 


miércoles, 27 de junio de 2018

"The songs are alive and they speak to us" - Interview with Miguel López Mora - Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal - 2018




Interview with Miguel López Mora – Digital 21+ Stefan Olsdal


We met for the first time after a Digital21 + Stefan Olsdal show in Berlin, Germany in 2018. Miguel is a kind, easy going and very talented Spanish musician based in Madrid. Now, we have the pleasure to interview him. Enjoy.

Concert review Berlin 2018

Interview by Anett Schwertner / Virginy for Placebo Anyway 2018


Placebo Anyway: Hi Miguel, we are delighted that you took the time to answer a few questions.

You are a musician, producer and visual artist which means you do everything by yourself. We also know that you are teaching at the School of Arts and Technology in Madrid. Being the busy artist you are, we were wondering how manage your time and pass your wisdom to the future art geniuses?

Miguel: To this day I give 100% of my time to the band. I quit teaching years ago, when I started with the band Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal. Teaching was nice. I loved it, but if you one to give your best to something, whether it is teaching or the band, you need to dedicate 100% of your time and a 200% of your attention to it.



PA: Which of all those things take the most of your time and which are your sources of
inspiration?

Miguel:  All of them. I manage the time and work non stop. For example I work on a video until I get very tired so I change to music, in that way I can reset to go on... and by doing that you get your body to do more. Everything inspires me. From the daily events to what you listen to or watch, or feel... or the tools you use, or the instruments you play. Everything is a source of inspiration. The external stimulus and even more the internal drive... What you feel... that at least serves you as inspiration.


PA: Let’s travel back in time to your childhood. What did you want to do when you grew up as a child?
Did you always want to become an artist?

Miguel: I wanted to go to the stars. Travelling through space.

PA: You took part of the San Isidro Festival in Madrid. About 50.000 people came to the
festival concerts.
We saw you’ve enjoyed it a lot.
Surely it was a big personal success playing in front of so many people.
What do you take from this event?


Miguel: It was a nice show because we love Madrid. It was the closing-night of the Madrid  Fiestas (local party in Madrid). However, I enjoy every concert the same, whatever the dimensions. I always feel the music the same way.

PA: Through the years you've played in small clubs as well as festivals.
So, what do you prefer, a small more intimate audience or a raging crowd?

Miguel: I prefer theaters. I love playing in beautiful opera houses. They are unique, it is , as if, the music from hundreds of years ago would come out through the walls and got inside of you. And the silence is really special in theaters. It really is like the time would stop. It is a unique feeling that moment of silence in those places. Something that words can’t describe.


PA: In autumn you will go on tour to Russia. We had great moments discovering Russia
and over all Siberia during the Placebo tour some years ago. Are you looking forward
to this special tour and do you have any plans for cultural visits?

Miguel: Excitement, always. We are going to beautiful cities and I am sure that is going to be great. People there send nice messages us vía Internet, so we think they are going to be very special concerts.


PA: You've already worked with a lot of well known artists; is there still someone out there you would like to collaborate with?

Miguel: We would love to collaborate with many people but the songs are the ones who ask us who to collaborate with. The songs are the ones who tell you if they need an external voice or not. And they even tell you which voice. Just as it happens with the instruments and the arrangements. The songs are alive and they speak to us.


PA: Since 2017 you’re performing with Stefan Olsdal (Placebo). How did this symbiosis begin?

Miguel: We both have in common a craze for music and we wanted to created something together. A hybrid of a lot of things but something that we could build with our own personality at the same time and that would be special for us. Both live and in the studio. And we have been working on it for 5 years until we had it ready and in November 2017 we got our first album, we are currently recording our second one.


With Cuushe. She collaborated on the first album, in London
 during the recording in the studio. Photo by Eliseo Martín
PA: Why did you choose him?

Miguel: Because he breathes music like I do. With madness and feeling. We respect and admire each other. We enjoy a lot making music and we enjoy playing live even more. And whenever we talk about our music, or someone else’s music from centuries ago we are on the same page.


PA: Please describe Stefan's personality in 3 words?

Miguel: Light, emotion, friendship

PA: Has the audience’s attitude changed since then?

Miguel: The world is in constant change. In 15 minutes everything will be over. Some things change a lot, other things not so much but what stays the same is that we are all going to die.

With Julienne -from Saschienne & Fantastic Twins -  in Berlin. She collaborated on the first album. 

PA: You have successfully covered „Creep“ (Radiohead cover) and „Rusty Nails“ (Moderat cover).
Are there any other songs you would like to cover?


Miguel: Of course... when a song becomes part of your life it is nice to play it differently and enjoy it, making it more of your style. Enjoying the music. Flying with it is the most important because it is a race against death.

PA: Thank you again having you here with us for an interview

Miguel:  You are welcome. All the best.




Interview by Anett Schwertner / Virginy for Placebo Anyway 2018




And if you like to see Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal live here are the upcoming tour dates:

Digital 21 feat. Stefan Olsdal TOUR 2018:

05.07.2018 – Gay Pride MADO – Madrid, Spain
10.10.2018 – Ekaterinburg, Russia
11.10.2018 - „Opera Concert Club“, Skt. Petersburg, Russia
12.10.2018 - „Pluton“, Moskau,Russia
14.10.2018 – Caribbean Club“, Kiew, Ukraine



Offical page: www.digital21andstefanolsdal.com
Photo credits: Miguel López Mora /Miguel Angel Torresano / 
Javier Alonso & Marina Sanz / Anett Schwertner

Interview by Anett Schwertner / Virginy for Placebo Anyway 2018
Translation and correction by Diana E.T. Foghin & Susanne C. Kessler 
Layout by Susanne C. Kessler

Spanish version / versión española

"Las canciones tienen vida propia y nos hablan" - Entrevista con Miguel López Mora - Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal





Entrevista con Miguel López Mora – "Digital 21+ Stefan Olsdal"


Nos conocimos después del concierto de Digital21 + Stefan Olsdal en Berlín, Alemania.
Miguel, una persona muy amable, simpático y sobre todo un gran artista dentro del mundo músical. El madrileño nos regaló un poco de tiempo para una entrevista.
¡Disfrutad!

Reportaje del concierto en Berlín 2018

Entrevista por Anett Schwertner / Virginy for Placebo Anyway 2018


Placebo Anyway: Hola Miguel. Nos alegra que nos regales algo de tu tiempo para una entrevista.

Al ser músico, productor electrónico, artista visual de vídeos y actuaciones
en directo, entendemos que te encargas tu sólo de todo lo que rodea tus
actividades.
Sabemos también que impartabas clases en la Escuela de Arte y Tecnología de
Madrid.
Siendo un artista tan ocupado, nos gustaría saber cómo te organizas con tus tareas.

Miguel: A día de hoy el 100% del tiempo es para la banda. Dejé de dar clases como profesor hace varios años. Al formar “ Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal“. Dar clases era bonito. Me encantaba. Pero si quieres hacer algo al máximo nivel, ya sean las clases o la banda, tienes que dedicarle el 100% de tu tiempo y el 200% de tu atención.


PA: ¿Cuáles de todas tus tareas toma la mayor parte de tu tiempo, y cuáles son
tus fuentes de inspiración?

Miguel: Todas ellas. Voy repartiendo el tiempo y así no paro. Por ejemplo trabajo en video hasta que estoy muy cansado y cambio a música y así hago reset para poder seguir...así consigues que el cuerpo rinda más. Todo inspira. Desde lo que te pasa en la vida hasta lo que miras o escuchas o sientes... o las herramientas que utilizas o los instrumentos musicales que tocas. Todo es fuente de inspiración. Los estímulos externos y los internos más aún... Lo que sientes... Que al menos sirve de inspiración.


PA: Viajamos ahora atrás en el tiempo, a tu infancia. ¿Qué querías ser, tenías
siempre en mente ir hacía una carrera artística?

Miguel: Quería ir a las estrellas. Viajar por el espacio.
  
PA: Acabas de participar con Stefan Olsdal (Placebo) en las Fiestas de San Isidro en Madrid. Los escenarios nocturnos reunieron a más de 50.000 visitantes.
Hemos visto que lo has disfrutado mucho. Ha sido seguramente una gran
satisfacción personal. 
¿Qué te llevas del evento?
  


Miguel: Ha sido un concierto bonito porque los dos adoramos Madrid. (era el cierre de las fiestas de Madrid). Pero vuelo igual en los conciertos, sea cual sea la capacidad. Siempre siento la música igual.

PA: A parte de ello, siguen estando ahí las actuaciones en salas más íntimas,
más personales. ¿Cuáles te gustan más, las masas o estando como en familia
tocando en una sala pequeña?

Miguel: Me gustan mas los teatros. Me encanta tocar en teatros bonitos de opera. Tienen algo único. Es como si la música de cientos de años saliera de sus paredes y entrara en ti. Y el silencio es realmente especial en los teatros. Es realmente como si se parara el tiempo. Es un sentimiento único ese momento de silencio en esos espacios. Algo que no se puede describir con palabras.


PA: En otoño os vais a Russia. Hemos vivido momentos muy interesantes con la
gira de Placebo por Russia y sobre todo por Siberia, descubriendo la cultura
y sus gentes. ¿Esperarás con ilusión esta gira y tendrás planificado alguna
que otra visita cultural?

Miguel: Ilusión siempre. Vamos a ciudades preciosas y estoy seguro de que va a ser genial. El público de allí nos manda mensajes bonitos por internet, con lo que pensamos que van a ser conciertos muy especiales.


PA: Hay muchos artistas conocidas con los que has trabajado. ¿Te queda aún
alguien con el que te gustaría hacer una colaboración?

Miguel: Nos encantaría colaborar con mucha gente. Pero son las canciones las que nos piden con quién debemos colaborar. Las canciones son las que te dicen si necesitan alguna voz externa o no. E incluso te dicen cual. Igual que con los instrumentos y los arreglos. Las canciones tienen vida propia y nos hablan.




PA: Desde 2012 que Stefan Olsdal (Placebo) forma con Digital 21: DIGITAL 21 + STEFAN OLSDAL. Cómo llegastéis a simbiosis?

Miguel: Los dos tenemos en común estar locos por la música y los dos queríamos crear algo juntos. Un híbrido de muchas cosas pero a la vez algo que pudiéramos construir con nuestra personalidad y que fuera especial para nosotros. Tanto en grabación como en directo. Y hemos estado 5 años edificándolo hasta que lo hemos visto preparado y en noviembre 2017 sacamos nuestro primer disco y ahora estamos grabando el segundo.


Con Cuushe.
Ella colaboró en el primer disco, durante las grabaciones en el
estudio en Londres. Foto de Eliseo Martín
PA: ¿Por qué elegiste trabajar con él?

Miguel: Porque vive la música como yo. Con locura y emoción. Y nos respetamos y admiramos. Disfrutamos haciendo música mucho y tocándola en directo más aún. Y cuando hablamos de nuestra música, o de la de alguien de hace varios siglos, volamos igualmente.



PA: Nos encantaría si decribieras a Stefan en 3 palabras.

Miguel: Luz, Emoción, Amistad.

PA: ¿Ha cambiado algo entre el público desde entonces?

Miguel: El mundo cambia sin parar. En 15 minutos todo habrá terminado. Algunas cosas cambian mucho y otras poco pero lo que no cambia es que vamos a morir todos.
Con Julienne - de Saschienne & Fantastic Twins -  en Berlín. Ella colaboró en el primer disco. 

PA: Has hecho unas versiones de canciones de gran éxito como „Creep“
(Radiohead cover) o „Rusty Nails“ (Moderat cover).
¿Tienes más canciones en tu lista de deseos de la que te gustaría hacer una
versión, y por qué?

Miguel: Claro... Cuando una canción pasa a ser parte de tu vida es bonito reinterpretarla y disfrutarla, llevándola a tu estilo. Disfrutando de la música. Volar es lo principal porque esto es una contrarreloj hacia la muerte.
PA: Muchas gracias de nuevo por tenerte aquí con nosotros para una entrevista

Miguel:  You are welcome. All the best.




Digital 21 feat. Stefan Olsdal - Fechas de conciertos 2018:

05.07.2018 – Orgullo Gay MADO – Madrid, España
10.10.2018 – Ekaterinburgo, Rusia
11.10.2018 - „Opera Concert Club“, St. 
Petersburg, Rusia
12.10.2018 - „Plutón“, Moscow, Rusia
14.10.2018 – Caribbean Club“, Kiev, Ucrania 

Página web: www.digital21andstefanolsdal.com
Fotos créditos: Miguel López Mora /Miguel Angel Torresano / 
Javier Alonso & Marina Sanz / Anett Schwertner

Entrevista por Anett Schwertner / Virginy for Placebo Anyway 2018
Traducción y corrección:Diana E.T. Foghin & Susanne C. Kessler 
Layout: Susanne C. Kessler


sábado, 16 de junio de 2018

Stefan Olsdal and Gizelle Renee launch the #Rainbowglove



Gizelle Renee is incredibly proud to announce an exciting collaboration with musician Stefan Olsdal, ‘The Rainbow Glove’.

We are releasing a limited edition glove, inspired by Gilbert Baker’s Flag, to celebrate July’s PRIDE in London Parade, along with a mutual commitment to acceptance, respect, equality and human rights in all areas of music, fashion and life in general.

There are only 300 of these gloves available for pre order now. Click here for the men’s sizing and click here for women’s sizing for the fingerless rainbow leather gloves.

During the lead up to PRIDE, in July, you will see a number of key influencers and celebrities wearing this glove to symbolise a united front. We hope you will join us in being one of those 300 to have a pair.
Celebrated musician Stefan Olsdal is co-­founder of Placebo, who have sold 12 million albums, continue to headline festivals and arenas globally and have collaborated with an array of artists including David Bowie, Michael Stipe and Robert Smith. Stefan has also won accolades for his accomplishments with Digital 21 and Hotel Persona.

Stefan Olsdal comments: “As long as human rights aren’t given to everyone, there is work left to be done. I wear this glove with pride, we all deserve equal respect and the right to love without persecution no matter what. Whether it’s through a hand held up high, a clenched fist or a loving touch, this glove serves the message that still needs to be heard!”


Gizelle and Stefan’s path crossed in 2017, when he approached her to design a distinctive glove that he could wear whilst playing guitar on stage during his world tour. Following on from this, they discovered a genuine connection and mutual passion for respect and equality, in all areas of life. Together, they designed the Rainbow Glove, as an over-­arching symbol of acceptance and unity, which is extremely timely for 2018.

The stand-­out design, each one created by five highly skilled workers, uses six pieces of separate leather and a handmade merino wool cuff, for comfort and ease, whilst still making a stylish statement.


As a collaborative partnership, Gizelle and Stefan have chosen two charities close to their hearts and sharing similar values. All profits, at least £12 per pair of gloves sold, will be evenly allocated between the Peter Tatchell Foundation and LGBT Foundation.

Gizelle Renee adds: “Our hands are such an important medium for communicating -­ shaking hands at work, hugging our partners, holding our children, caring for parents -­ that gentle loving touch. As a project that aims to target everyone, connecting with our hands seems the perfect place to start.”


Sources & photos.


martes, 12 de junio de 2018

Placebo Concert Dates 2018

Photo credits: Ultimate Psycho


Placebo will play at the following festivals this year:

08 June 2018 - Medimex Festival - Taranto, Italy - > Tickets
16 June 2018 - Meltdown Festival - Royal Festival Hall, GB - > Tickets
23 June 2018 - I-Days- Festival - Milan, Italy - > Tickets
08 July 2018 - Atlas Weekend Festival - Kiew, Ukraine -> Tickets
13 July 2018 - Sion Sous Les Etoiles Festival - Sion, Switzerland - > Tickets



Credits: PlaceboWorld.uk
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sábado, 9 de junio de 2018

"LITTLE WORKS IN MANY CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BEST" - Interview with Fiona Brice 2018



An interview by Anastasia Loginova

Anastasiya Loginova: Hi Fiona, how are you? I'm very happy that you've been joined Patreon! How did you know about it? What do you think about this platform comparing with other crowdfunding platforms? 

Fiona Brice: I discovered Patreonvia Amanda Palmer, who has been a long-term advocate of crowdfunding initiatives. I respect her as an artist. I like the fact that you can roll monthly on your page, without having to hit a specific target or timeline. As someone who enjoys writing music, I'm also in the habit of doing my work. It is an experiment, but hopefully people will enjoy the very personal nature of the content I am sharing. I am not just sharing music, but diary content and photographs from my life as well. If you were a patron, you would get to know a lot of things. It is an artistic community and I hope it will grow.

Anastasiya Loginova: You've already been given me an excellent answer about women in the music industry, and I agree with you. Some people think that there could be a difference between men's and women's behavior at the workplace. What's your opinion? 

Sometimes people can be discriminated against because of different situations in a personal or professional life. My several girlfriends and even I was incidentally cried in the work environment for various reasons. There were different reactions (negative as well), some girls felt themselves ashamed. Do you agree and it's not a shameful situation? 

Fiona Brice:You ask about possible differences in behaviour between men and women in the workplace. In life in general, some people express their emotions easily, while other people hide their frustrations or feelings. I think it really depends on the field, you are expected to behave in a professional, respectful way. In the arts, it is a lot more common to see people bursting into tears on the regular basis (both men and women), because creatives . However, it does not make you acceptable. Nor is it acceptable to tease someone for an emotional response to a situation.

So, you should never feel ashamed for finding yourself in the work environment, whether male or female, because life is challenging, but if you can quietly explain to a sympathetic colleague that you need a few minutes able to take a walk to recompose yourself. This is not hiding your feelings; it is just dealing with the situation in a practical, non-dramatic way. Personally, I have even cried on stage because I was in agony with the period pain and a migraine! It happens. BE kind to yourself, and carry on with the show. 

Anastasiya Loginova: What do you think about the situation in the music industry now? Is this field is more male-dominated than female or not? Has it changed during the time? 

Fiona Brice:The music industry ... to be honest, I am less concerned with gender equality and more concerned with how little people are being paid for their art right now. The control of the industry is being dominated by global corporations like Spotify and Apple, who are making money from music, but it is not the musicians who are getting paid. With the exception of a few high profile. In particular, classical musicians in London are having a really tough time because they are highly qualified, they get paid very little compared to the cost of living, and I am sure it is the same in other capital cities. 

Anastasiya Loginova:You've already told me that your first show with Placebo was the 'Live at Angor Wat'. The band's aim was to inform people about the problem of human trafficking. I was impressed so much by the documentary film and the story from the band. Can you tell me about your impressions as a musician at the live show and a human being who visited this place? 

Fiona Brice:The Angkor Wat MTV Exit gig was a unique occasion and it was a wonderful gig that I always remember, but human trafficking is an abhorrent trade, it is modern day slavery which affects women in particular, and it disgusts world. We stayed in Siem Reap and I took time to walk around the streets, where behind the tourist shops there is a lot of poverty. There were huge queues for vaccinations and medical care outside the hospital. There were many people begging in the street and there was a lot of litter. You do not witness this if you stay in the hotel, and it is important to me. (I actually took a lot of photos on that trip, but sadly they got deleted from my hard drive somehow, which is really a shame).

Staging a massive concert, with all the expenses involved, does not always seem to be the most efficient way to raise money, but what it really does is raise awareness. Actually the MTV Exit campaign is now the 'Staying Alive' Foundation , raising awareness to prevent the spread of HIV.


Anastasiya Loginova: In some interviews and in the 'Placebo: Alt.Russia' film Brian and Stefan talked about the art boycotts when musicians do not give live shows in certain countries due to political reasons. Do you think that artists have a right and a choice to give or not a gig in a certain place? Or it's like building boundaries between musicians and fans? 

Fiona Brice:As I have not got to know the solo artist (yet!) I have not had to make the difficult decisions about where to play and where not to play. Placebo's attitude was "if there's an audience that wants to hear us, we'll play for them" and I broadly agree with this. If you refused a gig in every country in the world where you did not agree with the ruling regime's politics, you would be on a very short tour! But if there are certain issues that affect you personally, you have to consider this. For example, I know many gay people who think twice about doing in LGBT + community and say "I support you". Personally I was uncertain about performing in Jakarta, Indonesia, because I had to cover my arms and change the way I dressed, and in some countries you have to submit lyrics for. Again, it is up to the artist to decide to what extent this is censorship, and to what extent this is simply being respectful of other cultures.

Anastasiya Loginova: Placebo had a massive celebration of the 20th band's anniversary. Also there was a special charity auction in support of such organizations as CALM and The Mercy Center, Bangkok. "Do you agree that these organizations work? 

Fiona Brice: I think CALM and the Mercy Center in Bangkok are doing vitally important work and I respect Brian and Stefan for giving their time and money to assist these charities as much as they do. It raises awareness for these charities and makes us stop and think of others for a moment. Personally I have been supporting Women for Women International, a charity supporting female survivors of war, war crimes and violence. The charity enables you to "sponsor a sister" and contribute to an individual woman's education and that she has enough knowledge and some funds to be able to control her future and to learn trade. I started doing this after British politician Jo Cox was murdered in the street in the UK. She was a woman who was passionate about supporting women in developing countries. When she was killed I felt angry that she was strong political leader had been taken carelessly from us, so I decided that I would do something to encourage women in the world to be strong and independent. It's a small thing, but small things make a big difference. 

Photos: Instagram @ fionabrice, @placeboworld.

Sources