In the lead-up to the Nov. 6 midterm elections, Streets Talkin reached out to artists throughout the musical spectrum with a easy request: full the phrase "I'm voting as a result of…" Below are solutions from Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds, DJ Ducky, Latin pop duo Ha*Ash, DJ Craze, Bea Miller and Moby, whose solutions contact on LGBTQ rights, defending democracy, the atmosphere and civic duty.
Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons)
… in any other case my phrases on Twitter and Facebook and the stage are meaningless. If I desire a progressive, protected future, then I have to vote. Otherwise, it's all speak.
… fuck Donald Trump.
Tyler Hubbard, Florida Georgia Line
… it’s my obligation and duty as a citizen, if I need to be part of actual change. I've realized that my vote actually could make a distinction in who represents myself and my nation.
… it’s my duty to face up for human rights — for the lives of immigrants, girls, LGBTQ individuals, POC. For our democracy, which the present administration is attempting to suppress. Because this could possibly be our final probability to battle again towards an oppressive, regressive regime. Because I’ve to do all the pieces in my energy, and that begins with putting my vote.
… a vote is a voice.
… we now have to do no matter we will to get 45 out of the White House … And it begins regionally. This nation and this world wants this loopy motherf*cker out of right here.
… I’ve to take a seat round and watch our nation develop into one thing that I don't at all times really feel very pleased with it, and I need to really feel pleased with the place I’m. It's actually laborious to take a seat again and watch different individuals make selections for you and in your nation that make you are feeling so unhappy and dangerous about your self and so sorry for the individuals round you and issues that carry out the worst in different individuals. I'm actually grateful that now I'm lastly sufficiently old to vote for issues that matter to me and have my opinion heard. I do know lots of people say that …one vote doesn't depend. But if all of the hundreds of thousands of people that suppose that their vote doesn't depend truly voted, then they might've made a distinction. I feel it's a extremely stunning factor that we get the chance and in case you don't like what you're seeing, then you’ll be able to't actually complain about it in case you don't exit and vote for what you need, and a minimum of attempt to make a change.
… (and donating, and acting at advantages, and canvassing, and cellphone banking) as a result of EVERY SINGLE ISSUE WE CARE ABOUT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE RESULTS OF THIS ELECTION. Climate change, racial justice, girls’s rights, environmental points, LGBTQ rights, animal rights, human rights, gun management, worldwide relations, and so on. will ALL be egregiously harmed if the present administration is allowed to proceed to destroy our nation, our world, and all the pieces we maintain expensive.
… it issues. I vote as a result of it’s an affect. It’s a brand new imaginative and prescient for us to curate what’s finest for us. If you don’t vote, you’ll be able to’t open your mouth. You can’t say something once you see the brand new victor. You’re invisible in case you don’t vote.
Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
… I consider that it’s doable for us to create a world of complete equality, true justice, and actual love."
With further reporting by Kat Bein, Taylor Weatherby, Shea Lenniger and Jessica Roiz