words/ MEGAN SIBLEY picture/ NATALIE HARMSEN
We live in an age of self-promotion; a society in which we make ourselves known through mixtapes and blogs and Youtube channels. We thrive on circulation of our own personal “brand”, and modern technology makes this easier than ever. They say that to be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known- these days, that perception could not be more true.
Of course, I’m not endorsing the idea that you are no more than what you create. Your value comes from who you are, not what you do, and I’ll be the first one to defend that. But in the same breath, as a compulsive creator, I get it. I understand the desire to prove yourself through what you make, and build tangible products of your brainwaves. The urge to transform a little piece of you in to something that you can give to other people is both healthy and natural.
With this in mind, we decided to open this issue up to all of you producers. We are enrolled in a program that squeezes and constricts our ability to write about the things we really want to write about, and that’s how The DTS was born. We figured that many of you may be feeling the same oppressive limits on your creativity, and so we invited you to join us.
Including contributors in this issue was a bit of a whirlwind. It took a whole lot of delegation, and a little bit of trust; I’m someone who would rather just do things myself, so this was kind of like leaving my newborn baby with a babysitter for the very first time (no, I’m not a mother but it was a good analogy). Let’s just say that I’m so ridiculously amped that we took the risk.
This issue is our best one yet, and that’s not just an obligatory nod to the people that helped make it happen. The final products we received absolutely crushed my expectations. You guys have a stupid amount of talent, and I feel like a proud coach or something, blubbering on about how lucky I am to have you on my team. So seriously, to all of you who contributed, thank you.
To all of you who have yet to contribute but have the capacity to do so, we’ve just made it even easier for you to submit your ideas. You may have noticed a new link on our home page called “Contribute.” Go there, fill in the required information, and you don’t even have to communicate with a real human (unless your idea is super rad, then we’ll be in touch). No more excuses kids, today is the day you create.
My dream for The DTS is that it becomes a collective of talent. I want you as readers to be inspired by the things you see here, igniting a spark in you to join the fun. Because seriously, who doesn’t love a good mixtape?