My head is still swimming in the positive energy that the Sound Tribe Sector 9 created over the four day holiday run in Colorado. For me it wasn't about one show, or a specific song, it was the ENTIRE experience. As the one and only Super Dee has touched on the high-lights of the New Year's extravaganza, I would like to delve into the intangible aspects of Sector 9, which is perhaps where this group of people escapes the classification of being simply a band. Sector 9 is more than a band, they are a creative, energetic, artistic entity, a family if you will. Starting with the five musicians, the Tribe is taking music to new heights, pushing improvisation in new directions, and perpetuating positivity in a way that I have never had the pleasure of being around. But Sector 9 is far more than the five gifted men who take the stage every night, as I said, they are a family of wonderful individuals who give their minds, bodies, and souls, to creating an experience for all of us.
Saxton and Scotty take care of the vibes, spinning wonderful wax selections all night, from Tosca to Trouble Makers, to Drum and Bass and Dub, nothing is left to chance, the night belongs to the 9. As the DJ's take care of the sound waves the rest of the crew, (including Scotty and Saxton) set the stage, literally. Adorned with gorgeous crystals, life bearing plants, candles and more, the physical stage is transformed into a spiritual home for the music to be born. With amazing beats spinning, positive words of wisdom elevating from the MC's, and the stage prepared, the Sound Tribe conglomeration spreads love to their extended family. Everyone involved with the 9 is amazing, EVERYONE. Gene, who heads the merchandise, is no exception, or perhaps all of the Sound Tribe family IS an exception. Brimming with positivity Gene and the rest of the merch crew help to build this positive energy by displaying not only the gear, but crystals galore and perhaps even more importantly, knowledge. I had many conversations with people behind the merch tables who enlightened me on the properties of crystals.
This use of crystals brings another point to mind. The transference of energy, which is apparently one of the premier qualities of crystals. Throughout the four nights I became involved in an activity that I had never been exposed to before. It seems that a number of people, including myself, take crystals to shows, (I take them everywhere) and throughout the four evenings we were exchanging crystals with one another, everyone was. I would be dancing with my eyes closed, holding one of my crystals, and someone would slip a different one into my hand while exchanging it for my crystal. It was perhaps someone I had met before, or perhaps not. I would dance with my new friend's crystal, feeling the energy, letting it sink into my body, through my hands. The individual's energy, felt in the warmth of the crystal, was literally transferred from them to me, and vice versa. I could feel that person's positive energy, helping to elevate me to a higher region of both consciousness, and joy. The lending of crystals continued through all four nights, growing in frequency, as I spread my love by handing crystals off to old and new friends, allowing the energy to spread and perpetuate itself.
This is yet another of the intangible qualities that makes Sector 9 so special. Their fans are not just ragers (which many of them are). They are looking for more, a spiritual encounter, a heightened sense of reality, and the Sound Tribe becomes the catalyst for this. Perhaps you can think of the use of crystals to transfer energy as a microcosm for the entity forever known as Sound Tribe Sector 9. Every show is indicative of the audience, every note is uniquely created to connect with the dancing, glowing, floating fans. It is a cycle that also feeds off of itself. As the Tribe builds their evening of music, the crowd drinks it in, and returns the energy, allowing the band to feed off their vibe. The cycle continues, elevating itself with positive energy bouncing from band to crowd over and over, creating a sense of euphoria, for both the musicians and the fans, and again we find ourselves transferring energy. It is perhaps the most unique and special connection I have ever had with a band, one I will never let go of.
With the gift of crystals for everyone at the Fox, which were dug up by David Murphy (bass) and his friend Kara on their way to Colorado, coupled with the amazing set up of the stage, this transference of energy seems to be of the utmost importance for the Tribe. It is my belief that this idea of exchanging energy extends far beyond the specific shows, the Sound Tribe is in a perpetual state of positive energy. Every interaction I have with these wonderful people reinforces this idea. From my conversations with Zach (drums), and Gene, to hanging out with Steve (their ticketing man) or even just sitting with all of them back stage these are truly special people. And this extends once again to the fans. As I continue to emphasize, this is more than just music and partying, it is a way of life, a support system for the future, an idea of what life could be like, if we simply allowed ourselves to evolve, to emerge from our materialistic ideals, and embrace the vibrations of life and love.
Spending new years 2002 with Sector 9 was perfect, there was no where I would have rather been. Music has been used as a source of medicine since the beginning of time. African drum circles, ancient percussions, the use of shells as wind instruments, even the breaking waves on the beach, sound has been healing for man long before our calendar of 2002 years was invented. It is only in our sick society that we have lost touch with the therapeutic qualities of music. We have traded our souls for money, our beats for bank accounts. But Sector 9, and music in general, brings us back to a time when we can dance together, hold our hearts on our sleeves, trust our fellow man, and allow the music to heal. Starting the new year with ideals like these refresh my some what jaded view of the world. It gives me hope that we may actually evolve, that we may value our fellow humans more than our pay checks. It is not just the musicians that are responsible for instilling these feelings, it is all of us. From the Sector 9 family, to the fans, to the entire music scene, we make our own realities. We choose our paths and walk them, we are responsible for our own destinies. Perhaps people find this type of inspiration elsewhere, and I hope they do, but I find it with in Sector 9, so thank you, to the band, the family, the fans, and the world. With every interaction we have the ability to affect people positively, don't miss that chance. Time is art, you are love, we are the future.
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