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NonprofitWe are the American Honey Bee Protection Agency! We're here to talk about bees and bee conservation! AMA!

Nov 30th 2016 by AHBPA • 40 Questions • 212 Points

Hi everyone, I’m Leah Remini, author of Troublemaker : Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. I’m an open book so ask me anything about Scientology. And, if you want more, check out my new show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, tonight at 10/9c on A&E.

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Q:

So you guys totally hate wasps too, right? Because those things are fuckers.

A:

Hey, thanks for doing this. You guys have been one of my long-term favorite acts. Not a lot of EDM groups that make music people fall in love to and you guys have always been great about giving back to fans.

I will probably have a few questions if possible, but my first is regarding the structure some of the aesthetics your music / dynamic has. It has always seemed to me that your project is very much like two parts of a whole. When you were apart, listening to you separately was exactly like listening to one half of G&D. I think this comes from each of your background's and how you came up in the scene to some extend, Dave coming from playing clubs and Josh being more formally trained. Even the name "Gabriel & Dresden" has conveyed a sense of almost binary aesthetics. Gabriel has always made me think of the archangel an Dresden of the firebombing of the German city. Can you speak a little to how willfully structured this is, or how organic this all is? Is it just a circumstance of how it came together or is there something intentional and conscious behind this?


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How much did you pay to the church throughout your time there?

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Colleen/Bee Education Director: Wasps are easy to hate on because they can sting people multiple times, but they are actually good for pest control and a few of them are pollinators! They prey on insects such as aphids and caterpillars that harm plants and are key pollinators for fig trees to the extent that their life cycles are intertwined. I don't hate wasps, but I appreciate them from a distance.


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We don't think anyone has nailed our dynamic better than this post. Your reddit screen name says it all! Bravo!

This IS just the way we are. We came together organically and that's how the project has always been.

A:

Millions.


Q:

Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

What can the average person do to help stop this crisis from becoming a catastrophe? And what can we AVOID doing?

A:

Hey Josh & Dave,

I had the honour of playing before you in Canberra, Australia a few years back and that's still one of the most memorable DJ experiences I've had, as you guys have always been a massive inspiration and I've got so many favourites from your discography. I wanted to ask if Ryeland Allison was a chance for a collab on the album (or otherwise) as the Attention Deficit stuff was always awesome, and was there a remix of Superstyling under the name, or was it a wrongly named mp3 that I grabbed many years ago?

Cheers and hope to see you guys back out here!


Q:

Is it true they record your meetings and blackmail you with the recordings?

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Colleen/Bee Education Director: Hi! The best thing you can do is avoid pesticides called neonicotinoids. Copy and pasted from another response:

There are many contributing factors and its hard to point to just one. But one interesting thing I'd like to add. By pure chance a Harvard researcher who studies hive collapse did a science AMA a few days ago . His work pointed to a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids as large contributing factor to bee population decline. The mostly widely used of the group is a pesticide called imidacloprid. One very good thing for bees you can do is to make sure any pesticides that you or those around you use aren't imidacloprid and aren't in the neonicotinoids group.

Some Neonic background: Neonicotinoids are very effective in killing insects. The problem is that they kill many types of insects, not just pests. They are somewhat unique in that they are applied directly to soil and absorbed by plants. When bees collect pollen and nectar from these plants the toxins impair their central nervous systems and makes it hard for bees to fly, navigate, and find food. A major issue is that bees are attracted to nionicotinoids specifically because of their nicotine-like chemicals. A comprehensive list of neonic pesticides can be found here:

http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/registration/reevaluation/chemicals/niclistofproducts.pdf


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We remember that night, in the side room of that venue on an off night of the Creamfields Australia tour. Glad you had a great time!!

And also, great idea about Ryeland!! He's very talented and we will for give him a call and see if he wants to collaborate on the album.

Cheers!

A:

Yes, every "therapy room" is equipped with cameras and listening devices, as admitted by the "Church." Do they use it for blackmail? No, they use it to discredit you when you speak out.


Q:

What is the cause of the descending number of bees?


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Have you seen the HBO documentary Going Clear? If so, would you say it's an accurate representation the church and worth showing to people?

A:

Intern and Environmental Science student Arlen here. There are many contributing factors and its hard to point to just one. But one interesting thing I'd like to add. By pure chance a Harvard researcher who studies hive collapse did a science AMA a few days ago . His work pointed to a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids as large contributing factor to bee population decline. The mostly widely used of the group is a pesticide called imidacloprid. One very good thing for bees you can do is to make sure any pesticides that you or those around you use aren't imidacloprid and aren't in the neonicotinoids group.


Q:

THAT'S IT!!! :)

A:

Very much so. I thought it was very accurate. I was shocked how accurate it was for not coming from Scientologists. I wanted to see more stories about how it affected children. The systematic recruitment of members' children. I wish it would have told the story of how Scientologists give their children to the "Church." It protects the life source that is continually bolstering the religion. But, I think they did an amazing job and they cleared the path for people like me to speak about it. HBO was very brave in taking it on. As is A&E, as it will be the first network is do a full series about it.


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There is consensus among long-term beekeepers that back when the mite was introduced, colonies tolerated a way higher mite load than today (no neonics back then).

Also, the mites are omnipresent and visible, while chemicals cannot be seen. So a hive that takes a hit by pesticides will be finished of by varroa. All the beekeeper sees is varroa damage.

That said, there are lots of beekeepers that are lazy or ignorant with mite management and lose their bees because of this. Not everybody is affected by neonicotinoids.

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What was the inspiration for As the Rush Comes??? ;)


Q:

If all Scientology's secrets were revealed tomorrow, which do you think would be most shocking?

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Payden here: THIS!!^ Also pointing to my comment earlier on africanized honey bees.. The African honey has had the longest exposure to varroa besides the Asian honey bee. I see less negative varroa impact on aggressive, africanized hives(and possible Asian h.b. genetic decent) than in the hives of calmer western or European honey bee species. Asian honey bees have been documented ridding themselves of, killing and disposing of varroa; showing mechanisms of varroa treatment innate to this species.


Q:

The verses were inspired by the experiences a friend had during a car accident. The chorus is an ode to the special feelings one can have on a dancefloor.

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When you reach the top of The Bridge (OTP 8) you will be told that God is a lie for LRH, and there are more levels ahead, that will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is no end to Scientology.


Q:

I live in indiana and was interested in bee keeping. What happens in a climate where it gets cold in the winter. Do you have to start a new colony every year?

A:

Have you guys ever used a ghost producer? If yes, what was your motovation?


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Can you imagine a scenario where you may be cast alongside a Scientologist or would it not be allowed?

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Payden the Bee wrangler here: Being that I'm a born and raised southerner, I don't have personal experience with keepin bees up north. Though I have read that people in snowy regions will cover their hives with insulated boxes in the winter and they survive until spring. To interested folk I recommend 'Beekeepers Handbook 4th edition" by Diane Sammataro.


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No. We would never do that, our music is personal. We could never hand any part of that off to anyone.

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That would not be allowed from their end.


Q:

My friends and I want to start a bee farm at our respective domiciles. Any advice in starting one and can this help your efforts?

A:

Do you think the old trance sound is coming back? Do you have any plans on bringing back Motorcycle? When are you playing in Atlanta again? :P


Q:

Are you still in contact with any friends that are still part of the church?

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Payden here: Look for a local honey bee group and ASK QUESTIONS. Watch videos online. Read a book. 'Beekeepers Handbook, 4th edition' by Diane Sammataro is awesome. Start with 2 hives so you can compare. Don't delay! Anyone putting an effort towards helping and housing honey bees is helping everyone.


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1) Yes, we do think the old trance sound is coming back. It's part of the reason we feel so inspired to make a new album. There will be a lot of that inspiration in the music that we're making and plan to make.

2) Yes, we are talking to Jes about making music again and hope she will make an appearance on the album.

3) No plans for Atlanta right now, but when the album is done we're planning on doing a full scale tour of the world.

A:

I am an SP (supressive person). You are not allowed to be in contact with an SP. I would love to talk to my former friends and see my goddaughter.


Q:

Is the honey industry beneficial to bees or does it harm them?

A:

Hey guys! Thank you for doing this! I have been a huge fan of yours for so many years and I am so thankful that you are coming out with a new album. When I saw that you were doing a kickstarter for it, I IMMEDIATELY jumped in to help. I have a few questions I have always wondered:

  1. I enjoy your originals and your remixes so much. How do you approach a completely new song vs doing a remix?

  2. Most people's fav song of yours are "As the Rush Comes", or "Tracking Treasure Down", (My fav is "Zocalo". I get dem deep feels when listening to it). Were there any tracks that you were surprised with how popular they would become? Or conversely, any tracks that you thought, "This is the one!" but never really took off?

  3. Not a question, but I just want to make it clear that I am so glad you have not givin up on trance after all these years. And that you still believe in what made you who you are.

Thanks!


Q:

When you were a scientologist did you ever get any weird reactions from other famous people?

A:

Payden/Bee wrangler here: Absolutely! Plants need pollination whether they're in rural or urban areas. Some rural areas need pollinator sanctuaries because vast expanses of the land has been cleared for monoculturally growing crops. This creates food deserts for pollinators. So in taking care of a hive in one of these areas, one would provide a service to the wild plants still needing insect pollination. And honey for themselves!


Q:
  1. With a new song, you need to come up with an idea whereas a remix you're starting with the idea already made the only thing left to do is figure out how you want to present it.

  2. We were really surprised with the success that Arcadia had. We love making instrumentals but we never expect much from them popularity wise but Arcadia just kept on going. And still does damage to this day when we play it.

On the other hand, we thought "Tomorrow Comes" would have been a bigger song than it was. We felt really good about it. For some reason it just didn't connect with others the way it did with us.

A:

Weird reactions? No. I got appropriate reactions, "Why are you in this crazy shit?"


Q:

what

A:

Love you guys. You are part of the reason I've been running a Mother-32 into Soundtoys Echoboy all day! So thanks for that.

What's the best way to get tunes to you guys?


Q:

Was there a secret group of people or friends you had in the church that doubted it? Or did you feel alone.

A:

Hello, Payden-Austin Bee wrangler here: In China there are areas where bee populations have dramatically decreased from widespread pesticide use. The people of these regions have had to turn to hand pollinating their crops that depended on insect pollination. They dip paint brushes into pollen bottles and brush each flower they want to produce fruit. As you can imagine, it's a very time consuming and labor intensive method. As Courtney said, there ain't nothing like the real thing. That's why we do what we do.


A:

I felt alone. If you ever confided in friends then you were (as policy dictates)... reported and turned in. Very 1984, very George Orwell.


Q:

How often do you get stung while on the job?

A:

Any chance you'll be starting the podcast back up? Thanks again for all the good tunes and good luck on the album!!


Q:

How are they able to recruit intelligent people into what appears to be an obvious scam and cult?

A:

Payden-Bee wrangler here: On average 4/5 days a week I get stung. Although I do daily tasks with bees that put me in the situation to get stung; such as removing hives from structures, transferring established frames from old boxes to new boxes, and working with large grumpy hives. No swelling or problems, so I look at it like free bee acupuncture.


Q:

Yes, there is definitely a chance to bring back Organized Nature Podcast. But for now, we really focus old school on making an amazing album. Once we do that, we're gonna try. We love making them!

A:

Most Scientologists are 2nd or 3rd generation, they were born and raised into an ideology and have been surrounded and isolated. It is all they know. They are victims. Most of the original Scientologists are all out and have spoken out. Unfortunately, their children were indoctrinated by them.... are still loyal, faithful and have cut off communication due to the policy of disconnection.


Q:

What bees produce the best tasting honey? Are certain bees more efficient at producing honey than others?

A:

Which city do you guys like the most? :)


Q:

Do you think there are members of the cult of Scientology reading this AMA?

A:

Payden the Bee wrangler here: The flower in which the honey bee has collected nectar from alters the flavor of the honey more than anything. Some flowers (buckwheat) can make a dark brownish, almost black honey. The sunflower however makes a light golden honey. Tastes differ greatly too.

In my years, I've noticed that more aggressive(possibly africanized bees) are more productive honey makers. They're quicker and more likely to fight for a flower than the calmer and larger bodied European honey bee.


Q:

That is a really hard question to ask. We love playing anywhere that people are up for it and excited about the music. And we've seen that pretty much everywhere in the world.

However, we're playing Chicago next week and super excited. Chicago always represents well!

A:

Do I think? I know. Hi Karin Pouw and members of OSA! If any Sea Org member is currently reading this and works for OSA and wants to leave, I will help you... including Karin.


Q:

Hey sorry I am late, how do you believe the growing medicinal use of honey will effect the bee population in the long term?

A:

Can't wait to see you guys there!


Q:

What do you think Scientology will look like in 50-100 years? Do you think it has longevity or is it going to come to an end?

A:

Payden the Bee wrangler here: I believe it could be a good movement for the honey bee. Industrial Agriculturally speaking, honey bees are used for pollination purposes. Sometimes the honey is saved and sold. Others discarded because of the extreme use of pesticides/herbicides/fungicides in the fields&orchards where the honey bees are briefly kept. If the demand rises for safe, synthetics free honey; then more beekeepers might be inticed to only work with farms that spray less, or not at all, so they could sell the honey.

But all in all its up to the apiarist to know how much honey can safely be pulled from their hives without harming the bees.


Q:

Gonna be amazing. Like it always is!

A:

I hope that its abusive practices come to an end. I'm all for people believing in things that are decent.


Q:

How has being in the US/San Francisco influenced your trajectory and style? You guys have an awesome sound that is distinct from the European trance producers.

A:

What OT level are you?


Q:

On the west coast you have the Pacific Ocean crashing into the sand. The sound of the waves at some level has influenced our music. For example, you can hear it in some of our textured background sounds that they are going through a phaser that sounds like waves as it modulates.

Also, as we make music, we test it by driving in a car through nature. There is something about the space in the California landscape that feels at peace with our way of thinking about sound.

A:

V


Q:

What artists do you enjoy following in the trance scene? What do you think of Will Atkinson?

A:

Considering that Scientology is consistently painted in such a negative light how did you maintain the commitment to Scientology for so long?


Q:

Rich Solarstone. We really like him a lot and what he's doing with the scene. We love that he cares about melody and emotion and that he knows how to throw a good party and run a great label that has quite a few remarkable artists.

A:

Because i was taught to believe that the controversy was due to people being unaware of what Scientology was truly doing in the world which was good things. I also felt the press was focused on making fun of Scientology and not what was important, so it was easy to turn away from the information. And also a major part of Scientology is learning how to fight your critics. If i wasn't fighting I wasn't being a good Scientologist.


Q:

My wife pokes fun at me for listening to EDM, but then we heard your song in Maze Runner, and I poked fun at her. Who was it from the movie production team that contacted you to use the song in the movie and how had they heard your song?

A:

What is something the average citizen can do to help prevent Scientology growth?


Q:

The music director for Maze Runner had been a fan of As The Rush Comes for many years and was always trying to think of a way of incorporating it into a film. We think he picked the right movie to use it in.

A:

Speak to your local councilmen/women about cracking down on the abuse of its citizens. I believe people have influences, they know judges, lawyers, police enforcement I think everyone bringing attention to these abuses can help. It takes a community to police itself.


Q:

Congrats on your Kickstarter success! What was your motivation behind choosing Kickstarter to fund the production of your new album and most importantly how do you feel that knowing so many people are behind it right from its conception will affect the end result?

A:

Do the higher ups know it's a scam or do they really believe this crap?


Q:

We've become frustrated with the record label model for our career lately and wanted to try something new. When you sign an album deal with the record company, they usually give you an advance so that you can take time off from touring. We decided to see if we could instead fund the time off, with the help of the people that we're making the music for in the first place. We realized as an unexpected side benefit from this process, that we will know who is going to hear the album as we make it. This has us very inspired.

A:

The higher up is singular. And he definitely knows. however I believe most parishioners and Sea Org members (people who work for the "church") are int he dark and believe that they are doing amazing things for the world. And David Miscavige is directly responsible for that fraud.


Q:

How has being bay area-based influenced your productions?

A:

Was there a single breaking point that convinced you to leave the church? Or was it a long term struggle with the decision?


Q:

Being based in the Bay Area means that you are going to be exposed to many kinds of music. There have always been many small scenes rather than the mega-club mentality. Drum & Bass, House and IDM have all seen popularity explosions over the years. Not to mention, Burning Man, which Josh has been going to since the 1990s and had a huge effect on him and how he hears music.

A:

Long term struggle, however, seeing the "church" attack those who were speaking out, those who gave their life, life savings, their children to this organization that were once considered exemplary Scientologists or staff members of the church to being liars, bitter apostates, and what ever vile sophomoric, vitriolic adjective they can find overnight says a lot about the organization.


Q:

Congrats on reaching (and exceeding) your goal on Kickstarter already! What got the ball rolling for you both to start on a new album after a decade-long hiatus?

A:

Over the past 10 years, I've seen my parents get deeper and deeper into Scientology. Decent reasoning, science and logic have done nothing to convince them to question the church. From someone who left, is there anything a loved one can do to help a brainwashed member see the truth, without ruining the relationship completely?


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We were feeling inspired to make more than just singles. We've been experimenting with so many different sounds and tempos in the two years we've taken off from releasing music. And we finally feel like we're to a place where we can stretch out and do this over the course of a full length album.

A:

Fight like Hell. Never give up.


Q:

What is trance for you? :)

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What odds do you give of the whole thing collapsing once Miscavige dies?


Q:

Trance to us is music that takes you somewhere and let's you feel many emotions.

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The policies of the "Church" are the policies of the "Church." They will not change, and there will be someone right behind him ready to pick up where he left off.


Q:

Are you a fan of the Dresden Files?

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Are people actively being held prisoner against their will?

If so, how upsetting is it that the government and law enforcement does not act?


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No, not really.

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It's very upsetting. I'm only an actress with a short window of interest. So it is up to the authorities who have to do something about it and the judges who are hearing cases of abuse, coerced abortions, being held prisoner, fraud, mental and emotional imprisonment. They won't look at cases to decide its a religion. They have to separate and look at the law. Your doctrine is abusive. It mandates that you abuse people.


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What are some of your favorite 80s songs to remix?

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What is the most unusual 'corrective action' you've seen them physically do to someone?


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Pretty much anything on the Mute, Sire or Fiction Records.

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The most abusive thing that I've experienced is seeing the victims being further victimized by an organization that claims these things did not take place... from physical, to sexual, to mental abuse.


Q:

Thank you for the reply! Looking forward to the album, I'll opt for the advisory board on Kickstarter so maybe I'll finally learn a thing or two about production (after about 8 years or so on my own).

A:

do you remember what your initial reaction was upon first seeing the course materials for OT3?


Q:

You're very welcome and thank you for your support!!

A:

Yes my first reaction was "Are you all fucking nuts?" and then I looked at my mother and said "What kind of bullshit did you get me in?" My only option was to leave, but at the time my family was not ready to go. The "church" told me I didn't need to believe it, just do it. And they always pose this question: "Are you ready to leave everything you've ever known?"


Q:

Do you guys need any new friends?

A:

What do you think happened to David's wife?


Q:

We are always looking for friends. ;)

A:

I actually do not know. Ask the LAPD.


Q:

Hey guys, saw your classics OTC at Ruby Skye a year ago and it was a major influence in my exploration of trance- thanks for being awesome!

2 questions- 1st off, have you looked into Neptune Project's Amplifyd Music project / will you be looking to use a platform like that to push your new album over the conventional systems?

2nd, a lot of trance artists have been incorporating more and more classic songs in their sets the last few years- do you anticipate your album continuing that trend of pursuing older types of sounds? Specifically, do you anticipate looking to remix older tracks to bring them back to the forefront of people's minds, or are you expecting to try to create new tracks that incorporate the fundamental elements of the classics?

Side note, any chance at another classics OTC in the Bay? Maybe some NYE shenanigans? Are you both still based in Oakland?

A:

Why do you think there are so many people in the entertainment industry in the religion?


Q:

Glad you had a great time at our 7 hour show at Ruby Skye last year!!

We have not really given much thought to the distribution of our album outside of the Kickstarter project yet. Amplifyd Music does look like an interesting platform. We are going to consider many avenues before choosing one.

As for the recording of the new album, we plan on writing and producing new original songs and not do updated versions of classics. That being said, we've been inspired by listening to a lot of the classics from the 90's and 00's and that sort of influence will more than likely find it's place with us.

A:

If you really look at the numbers at the entertainment industry, in comparison to the small number of scientologists that are celebrities, the number wouldn't even register. I think Scientology has done an amazing job convincing people that there is a great number of celebrities in the "Church."


Q:

How did you guys manage to stay together for so long? What does each of you bring to the table?

A:

How do the powers that be in Scientology keep their followers from reading anti-Scientology news, or your book? Why don't more scientologists leave?


Q:
  1. The key to any relationship is being flexible and having an open mind and also to never forget to communicate.

  2. It’s difficult sometimes to know exactly what each of us brings to the table at any specific moment because things are always unpredictable in the music process. In general it goes something like this: Josh: Music training, sound design and engineering skills Dave:DJ-ing since the 1980s, A&R and radio programming.

But just like our DJing, we've both learned so many tricks from one another over the years the lines have gotten so blurry as to who does what. And that's what makes it fun for us now.

A:

Great question. Because very early on in the brainwashing process, L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" teaches you that outside sources (i.e. The news, the Internet, books, magazines) are ALL LIES and hellbent on destroying something decent like Scientology. The AMA, and APA, and all "governments" do not give scientology its due because they have a vested interest in not healing people and not helping people. And Scientology is in the business of making people better. So Scientologists are taught that their safest bet is to get their info from the only true decent people...and those are Scientologists. And if they look on the internet, if they read time mag, they will be met with punishment at their expense. And, as a Scientologist...you have to confess that you've read outside materials, and that will be met with punishment at your expense.


Q:

For someone like me who has tried to like electronic music several times without success, what songs would you recommend that are very popular/likeable?

A:

Have any other actors come to you for support or help?


Q:

Andain - Beautiful Things (Gabriel & Dresden Remix) - We have heard from a lot of people over the years who don't like electronic music but love this song. Try it out. If not that maybe our song Dangerous Power.

You can find both of them in here: http://bit.ly/redditgd

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The policy of the "Church" does not allow them to come to me. Former high ranking Sea Org members like Debbie Cook and former members like Katie Holmes are forbidden to speak to other SPs. Certain members are forced to sign agreements that does not allow them to speak to ex members.


Q:

Hey guys, massive fan here from Australia. Really excited about this kickstarter campaign!

  1. Really hoping to see you guys in Australia in 2017, any plans? :)

  2. What current trance tracks are you digging atm?

  3. You guys seem to have a good relationship with the folks at Anjunabeats, through No On on Earth (fave), radioshow appearances, and appearing in a few of their pool parties, and Anjunabeats worldwide shows. What's your relationship really like with the Anjuna crew, and what're they like to work with? Any stories?

A:

I've been a huge fan since the early days of KoQ (was watching at 11, now 24!). Did you ever find that your religion interfered with your work in a way you would turn town any potential jobs, either for your own religious reasons or advice received from members?


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  1. We'd always LOVE to come to Australia, but it somehow just never works out. We plan to tour the world for this album so hopefully we make it there in 2017.

  2. What we've been doing to get inspired for this album is listening to OLD trance tracks. The ones that still make us feel something. Oliver Lieb, Rank 1, MIKE Push, Sasha, Airwave, Caspar Pound, Three 'n One, Paul Van Dyk, Matt Darey. The original trance from the 1990's. We really want to bring THAT feeling back.

  3. We love the Anjuna/Above & Beyond dudes. We go back a long way with them and we have always been friends. We have nothing but nice words to say about Jono, Tony & Paavo and of course James. The people who work for the label and management are also very lovely. Even the people whom they sign. We are incredibly proud of them for what they have achieved in music. There are not many dance acts who have sold out Madison Square Garden. They have. It's quite phenomenal.

Oh, we have stories...but what happens in Vegas...

A:

I was punished for doing Stuff magazine because it was too racy. They would not want us to do anything that would be considered not "becoming of a Scientologist." I see they have since changed their stance of what they believe is "becoming of a Scientologist."


Q:

Thanks for this AMA session! :) I have two (OK, THREE) 4 questions:

  • Have you ever ghostwritten for somebody? I mean ghostwritten and not being credited officially. Of course there is no need to call exact names. :)

  • Any chance for G&D Essential Mix 2017?

  • Are you often recognized by people when traveling / going to the mall? Have you been released without fine by trance fan policeman after exceeding speed limit? Is there some story like that? :D

  • Can you briefly describe your typical day when you work on music? :)

P.S. WE LOVE YA!!! And we are excited about future of your music! Thank you guys!

A:

Do you personally feel like you're being watched/tracked/etc by the church for doing everything your doing?


Q:

Thanks for the kind words!!

  1. No. We have never ghost written for anyone else. It just does not seem like something we'd like to do.

  2. We love doing Essential Mixes. Hopefully once the album is out we will get asked by the grand Poobah of dance, Pete Tong. We would surely accept.

  3. We've been recognized a few times out in the world over the years but not a huge amount. One time Dave was recognized by an immigrations officer coming back to America. But there aren't any really stories of us getting over on the law because of who we are.

  4. A typical day for us starts around 9am. We like to work during the day and are best in the mornings. That's when the solid ideas come out, or fix the problems that were created the day before. Usually by 12 or 1 we are ready for a lunch break and maybe a short walk through nature and then it's time to get back to work. We will usually work until around 5 or 6 until our ears hurt or we just can't focus any longer. You never want to push it because once you're done, you're done. We'd rather save it for the next day when our ears and minds are fresh.

A:

I am. I'm okay with it because I knew what I was getting into and I knew the policies of the "church" and what would happen by my speaking out against it.


Q:

Will you come to Australia for any extended sets and will there be any more Winter Kills?

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Are there any sexual malpractices that occur in the church?


Q:
  1. We've hoped to bring Classics Only to all the Australian cities but thus far we've not been able to do so.

Once the new album is made and released, we are planning to tour the world for it. Hopefully an Australian promoter will pick up the tour because we've really missed playing down under. We've never actually done a club tour of AU before, only a festival and a multi act bill in large venues. We think getting more intimate in Australia would be really fun.

  1. At the present time, Winter Kills is on hiatus but Meredith Call, who is the vocalist for the project, will be working with us on our new album.
A:

I have read stories on the internet. I was told personally by a few people that I personally know that there was sexual abuse. When I was 16 and working for a "senior Scientologist" who was in his late 30's, he had sex with a 16 year old friend of ours. And the "Church" handled it internally. All abuses are dealt within the "Church" as it is an enemy act in the "Church" to prosecute another member. Please do not take my word for it, just google the words "Scientology and sexual abuse."


Q:

How often do you guys on average end up scrapping a song or melody, and why?

Just wanted to say thanks for the AMA guys. As the rush comes is still one of my all time favourite trance songs

A:

How are children treated in Scientology?


Q:

Could you rephrase the question? We are not sure what you mean by "scrapping"

Thanks 😎

A:

As old spirits in little bodies who have returned to Scientology... children are treated as adults.


Q:

WOW! never thought I`d hear from you guys again!!

The two tracks that I really love from you guys was your remix of Southern Sun and Arcadia.

I was a young lad back at the peak of your career and never really got that chance to see you guys. Nowadays, after saving up Ive finally got myself a pretty decent computer and want to give producing music a try...and maybe become world class DJ (in my dreams)

My question would be, Are you going to release samples and stems of from old productions? OR are they already around? (show me the way?)

I would love to get my hands on them and try take me back to those good old days with my own style and process.

cheers G&D! :)

A:

You are so brave for telling the truth about Scientology. Why are so many other people staying quiet? What can we do to help?


Q:

Which song would you like to try and remix?

A:

Thank you! Watch our show tonight and spread awareness. It is bigger what people think. This religion is massive.


Q:

uhm, if I may, the same two songs that got me on the G&D brand, Arcadia and Southern Sun? :)

A:

What do members actually gain from being a member? How is it made worth all the money and time they invest?


Q:

you're in luck. provide your email address. :)

A:

They gain a purpose. They gain a group. They gain a sense of accomplishment (awards, certificates). They gain an education that in the real world LRH states would be equivalent to getting a "PHD in life." You become an elitist. That you have all the answers in life. If you have a question about life, you are made to think that Scientology has the answer.


Q:

Great choices there. Have you considered releasing either?

A:

Are you safe?


Q:

That's not our choice to make unfortunately. We signed As The Rush Comes to a major label and they are the ones who choose what gets released and what doesn't. Another one of the reasons why we're doing a Kickstarter to make a new album. It gives us the freedom to do what we want with the music we make. :)

A:

Yes, I feel very safe. I have the support of my family and friends. And, I feel strangely protected by the world at large.


Q:

As I see you're still answering questions, I'd like to know a few things:

  1. Any plan at all ever to come to Israel? I know you guys tour pretty much in the US only lately, but that would be amazing!
  2. What made you decide to start remixing songs that would seem to be unremixable? I don't hear many "big name" artists dare (if that's the right word?) to remix the Beatles, or hark back to 80's classics such as 99 Luftbaloons and Depeche Mode. I LOVE what you guys do with songs like that, and it gives me a new appreciation for them and for you guys!
  3. Favorite "Gives you the feels"?

Can't wait for the new album BTW!

A:

How different would you say your view of Hollywood is now compared to when you were on Saved by the Bell and did your experience with Scientology effect these views versus if you never joined them?


Q:
  1. We would love to play Israel. However, we've never been asked to. If and when we get asked, we will surely say "yes"!!

  2. We don't really ever think of something as being un-remixable. We think about whether or not we like the song. Then we accept the challenge and get to work.

  3. The Feels 8 is Dave's favorite one because of the ride it takes him on. :)

A:

When I was a Scientologist I saw Hollywood as a dark, lost bunch of souls that needed saving. Now I see it as any other business and that we're all just trying to do right by ourselves, right by our friends and family and that people outside of scientology are not bad.


Q:

Whats the name of the song in the kickstarter campaign? Its great!

A:

What is your overall opinion on organized Religion now? Did your view on say Christianity change?


Q:

Thank you very much!! It's a new track that we have not named yet. It could very well end up on the album.

A:

Yes my view of religion changed in that I am no longer a bigot against people's religious beliefs when it doesn't harm other people, promote killing people for their beliefs... like extremism. But if religion brings you comfort, hope, and a sense of community, I say "whatever works for you."


Q:

So the album won't be for sale?

A:

From what I've seen of Scientology, it seems like there is a major difference in treatment between celebrity "followers" and folks in Sea Org who are tortured, locked in the Hole, beaten publicly by Miscavige, etc.

Did the news of this mistreatment find its way to celebrities and general "members" of the Church who weren't in Sea Org? Or were people left completely in the dark?


Q:

It will be for sale, and on streaming services. We are just not sure if we're going to release it ourselves or sign it to a record label.

A:

No, and if they did hear about it, we were told that those claiming abuse were lying. Then I would have been interrogated and even punished for asking.


Q:

As a psychologist, I am curious what you observed as mental health 'treatment' with Scientology? In addition, I am aware the 'church' is against psychology; how was this opposition demonstrated within or by the 'church'? Finally, in your opinion how prevalent are mental health difficulties with the Scientology community?

Thank you for your time.

A:

The "Church" doctrine thinks that fields of psychology and psychiatry are a sham. They deny mental illness and afflictions. They promote that you can heal your psycho-sematic issues with their "technology." They will get in the way of people taking medications. They will prevent people from getting the real medical help that they need. and in some cases have caused suicides because of it. Scientology is mentally abusive because we are all taught that we are responsible for everything.


Q:

Did being a Scientologist help your acting career?

A:

I'm sure there were tools that helped me to be able to communicate better, not be nervous when I walked in the room. Acting classes would have been cheaper. Or maybe staying in Brooklyn a little longer would have been more beneficial to my acting career.


Q:

Out of all the rumors surrounding Scientology, which one is true and hits home the hardest for you?

A:

I don't what rumors we're referring to here. I haven't read anything that has been inaccurate.


Q:

How can we destroy scientology?

A:

I don't want to destroy Scientology. I only want them to admit to the fraud that they promote, to not deny the confidential upper levels of the religion, so people can decide if they want to spend $250K and their lives doing it. That they admit to the policies of Fair Game. That they allow people to decide for themselves where they get their information. That they admit to disconnection and leave families the fuck alone.


Q:

We can (almost correctly) assume that celebrities receive special treatment because of their status - could you elaborate more on that? For instance, how would your experiences in the church differ from someone who is not a celebrity?

And a follow up - do you think that more celebrities would like to break free from the church but are afraid because of the repercussions? Is there any merit to the claim that there's so much dirt on them that could be exposed that they may not want to leave?

Hope you convince others to follow your path!

A:

We had special course rooms in separate parts of the buildings. Any complaint we had about the outside world was met with agreement from the "Church." We were serviced differently, we had supervisors doing courses in our homes, giving special schedules to celebrities. Staff was interrogated by the Church. Often times there were Sea Org members working for celebrities in their homes, personally working for them. I know of one celeb who had a sea org member working in their home and sea org members were averaging $25/week. The labor laws don't apply to any church therefor they were made to work ungodly hours, forced into interrogations if making human mistakes around the celebrity.