The scene is changing, there’s no denying that. Our community is always evolving, growing, but this is the first time we have seen a true shift in a long time. To many, 2010 comes to mind when the electronic music community really moved into the mainstream. With the introduction of artists like Skrillex and Avicii, it became less of a counter culture of misfits, and more of an experience that the whole world could see.
But now, a different sort of shift is happening. The hedonistic rock star lifestyle that we all saw from big name artists is starting to trickle down, and for good reason. With the stigma surrounding mental illness finally starting to break, more artists are able to speak candidly and openly about their struggles with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and the like. Many state poor diet, a fast lifestyle, and the constant pressures of touring as some of the main triggers for their mental health, and eschewing these things is starting to have a real effect on that.
Which brings us to a brand new wellness retreat, ran by former OWSLA boss Blaise James DeAngelo and Ben Turner. They’ve created a program that’s based around music and wellness to create a brand new way of taking care of yourself, especially as a musician. The project is called Remedy State, and it’s bound to take off in a big way.
“For a long time the mantra has been sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, We’re not trying to be antithetical to that, or have the naïveté to think we’re going to change that, but what Ben and I realized is that there needs to be a balance. Artists are dealing with late nights, sustained solitude, creative pressures… you really need to take care of yourself.,” Blaise DeAngelo shared on the new project.
This is not a new shift that’s coming to the forefront. Even back in early 2016, after the Avicii’s retire from touring, Vice spoke to multiple DJs about their struggles with mental health and addiction, and this piece continually makes the rounds when discussing these issues within the industry. This topic is resurfacing again in the wake of Avicii’s passing, and how it’s time for a new way of taking care of our artists and friends.
Keep an eye out for more info on Remedy State through their website, and we hope to hear more very soon!
What do you think of mental health and addiction in the music industry? Do you think more retreats like this would be beneficial to musicians? Let us know in the comments or on social media!
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