As part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert, we talk to the music artists who have participated in the concert about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our twentty-first featured artist is Olivia Thai.  She is a powerhouse name in the Asian American new media scene for comedy and music. She posted her first video on YouTube in 2007, which grew quickly to amass over 21 million views, 150,000 loyal fans, and appearances in magazines, newspapers, television, and film.

She has since moved on from her days in sketch comedy, and in less than a year, the combination of her unique persona and thought-provoking original music has gained worldwide media coverage. Olivia and her guitar, Monna Lisa Lucille are currently on an international tour performing the 100+ original songs written in two months. To find out more about Olivia, check out her videos on YouTube.

The Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert was held in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide.

Donations begin at just US$1 and while the Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert Indiegogo fundraiser is running from June 5th to July 5th 2015, donors can donate to get exclusive music and artist goodies ranging from personal Skype concerts to treat bundles for the serious music lover.

Olivia Thai 1Tell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

Hello! I’m Olivia, a musician and comedic actress who has been in the public eye for a decade now.  There couldn’t be a better time for me to participate in The Pixel Project’s Music for Pixels Summer Charity Concert personally, but I truly believe this is a deeply rooted issue that can and has negatively affected generations of people. I recently wrote and released a song specifically dedicated to victims of domestic abuse, and I am truly honored to play this live for the first time on the internet at this event.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?       

I believe that there simply needs to be more love and trust in today’s society.  Ending domestic violence against women, men, and children will change all our lives for the better. Love and trust can be restored between strangers, and ultimately, that is what I want for all people.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Violence derives from anger and results in pain. I have and always will deal with both of these emotions through music and creativity. I want to help the community the best way I know how, which is sharing my experiences through music.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

I understand that it is difficult to relate if they haven’t personally experienced or witnessed domestic violence cases. However, when we take the time to do our research and reach out to people outside of our comfort zones, we can help many more people through the arts. This is something I do on a daily basis. I allow everyone I meet to inspire my music. It is a truly humbling experience, and I highly encourage all songwriters to explore this.