Logan — Parties and dances were organized to help high school youth in northern Utah find a sense of belonging and purpose.
It’s called Neon New Year’s Dance and is sponsored by Seize the Night Records and takes place Saturday nights at 9pm. Logan’s Cache County Event Center, 490 S 500 W.
On KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, founder Steve Tracy talked about what inspired him to form this party with the record company.
“Yes, it’s very personal to me and has affected me a long part of my life. My first experience with it was When I was a freshman at South Cache Middle School, a friend lost his life there.I didn’t realize at the time how much it would affect me in the long run,” he explained.
So Tracy started hosting and DJing in Cache Valley during her senior year of high school with the goal of bringing people together and giving them a safe place and a good time.
But more tragedy came in his life.
“But in 2017, one of my closest friends, I’ve known her for almost ten years. She’s one of my best friends, she’s been an influence on me, and I’ve been personally Created and formed who she was, she took her life… And that’s when I thought of it all… I wouldn’t say it came together, but it was kinder I did…it broke me down and I started looking for the reason behind what I was doing.
Through Seize the Night Records, he raised funds for state and national suicide prevention programs. Tracy said her primary coping mechanism for getting through dark times is music.
he explained that When enough people get together and listen to music, he feels it changes your own energy and your entire perspective.because you are no longer the one person listening to the song.
Tracy talked about the inspiration for Carpe Noctem or Seize the Night.
“I’m kind of a night owl, my brain goes out of control when I’m alone at night, and that’s part of the reason. When you’re depressed, you go into this cycle. You think too much and you just go on and on. Carpe Noctem, this is the first I’ve heard since my friend died in 2017. I don’t think it hurt more, but that word When I heard that, it gave me a little bit of strength to start doing something more.”
Featuring live music, black lights, prizes, a photo booth, a resolution wall, and a DJ with balloon drops.
15% of all profits will be donated to suicide prevention programs such as the SafeUT app and the National Suicide Hotline.
Advance tickets and more information are available at SeizetheNightRecords.com.