Legendary DJ and producer Ali Shirazinia, commonly known by his stage name Dubfire, was an eyewitness to the violent terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17. Shirazinia, who was previously part of the grammy-award winning band Deepdish before pursuing a solo career, was riding his bike near Las Ramblas avenue when the van rampaged through the crowd killing 15 and injuring at least 100 people.
Shirazinia took to Twitter to express his disbelief at what he had just witnessed. He tweeted, “I was just riding my bike to the right of the Ramblas when a large white van came racing down the promenade plowing into everyone…in shock”
Despite the shock and monstrosity of the attacks, Shirazinia decided not to cancel his appearance at Barcelona’s The Light Off Friday, Aug. 18.
Yesterday I was an eyewitness to the senseless terrorist attack on innocent victims along Las Ramblas in the beautiful city of Barcelona which I love very much. I am still in shock and trying to process what I saw. Sadly such attacks have become a “new normal” in our society. That being said, we cannot allow these cowardly acts of violence to disrupt our daily lives, stripping away our freedoms, because that is precisely what their goal is. Therefore, after careful consideration and discussion with my friends, colleagues and internal team, I have decided NOT to cancel my gig tonight at @thelightoffbarcelona in Barcelona. We WILL NOT give into fear but will unite through music and the celebration of friendship. I will also be donating my entire fee to a charity that will care for the victims and relatives of this tragedy. I hope that it helps in some way.
“We cannot allow these cowardly acts of violence to disrupt our daily lives, stripping away our freedoms, because that is precisely what their goal is,” Shirazinia writes defiantly in an Instagram post. “We will not give into fear but will unite through music and the celebration of friendship.”
In an act or kindness and generosity, the Iranian-American DJ/producer opted to donate his entire fee from Friday’s gig to a charity for the victims and relatives of the terrorist act.
As the saying goes, “The show must go on.”