Figureheads from all across the electronic music spectrum have voiced sympathy for the victims of yesterday’s attack in Barcelona, but one apparently witnessed it firsthand. Iranian house and techno icon Dubfire A.K.A. Ali Shirazinia has revealed that he was present at Las Ramblas when the incident took place.
In what is suspected to have been a terrorist act, a van plowed into bystanders at Las Ramblas yesterday claiming the lives of 13 and wounding about 100 before a similar attack killed five in Cambrils. Soon after Shirazinia tweeted that he had been riding his bicycle down the tree-lined pedestrian mall at the time of the former rampage.
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
— Dubfire (@dubfire) August 17, 2017
Today, Shirazinia took to Instagram to share his reflections regarding the tragedy.
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.
Perhaps most notably, Shirazinia wrote that he would move forward with his performance at TheLightOff in Barcelona, and plans to donate his fee to charity. “We WILL NOT give into fear but will unite through music and the celebration of friendship … I hope that it helps in some way,” he finished.
Following his set in Barcelona, Dubfire will continue his tour with a stop in Mamaia, Romania on August 20th.