Last month, DJ, artist and mental health advocate Danny Blaze shared his personal mental health experience and the toll the industry can have on artists regarding the music making process.
The 'Promise' artist shared an enlightening point of view when he explained the moment he knew something wasn't quite right and presented just how uneducated the older generation may be in regards to mental health. As he described the moment he had the eye-opening panic attack, which bought confusion and what I believe to be an unfamiliar mixture of upset and frustration. When he stated ''as a grown man I didn't understand what was happening.'' However, excluding the stigma around mental health for his generation and gender, he didn't just write it off as a bad day and forget.
''I read books and I did my research''.
Hence, why the south-Londoner is an excellent example of how things do get better; considering he is currently working on an album, having a successful career within music as well as the actions he's taken, following his mental health knowledge development. In light of this, he has now used his personal experience to help others surrounding mental health by co-hosting a radio show called 'Mental Health Matters' with Bex Emler, which airs once a month and just so happens to air tomorrow. Therefore, if you are interested in listening to the slot you can tune to Flex Fm between 10:00 to 12:00 to hear how they get on with special guests Domonic Uppiah and Sian Owen.
Although, when asked about how other men around him with a similar background act, he outlined the devastating reality society seems to hide from, when referring to males mental health, knowledge and expressing emotions.
''They don't get it .... men are programmed to cry at the football or at their child's birth''.
According to Samaritans, 'in the UK, men are three times as likely to take their own lives than women'. Considering this and the way the music industry has been affected with mental health-related deaths recently, it would be a relief to know the industry has learnt something from it. But, it hasn't and the brutal yet devasting truth is ''nothing has been learnt.'' Unfortunately, the pressure of making music can be too much and ''when you get famous you get a shelf life'' which sometimes means self-care gets neglected.
Although, it was refreshing to hear his outlook on the worst kind of mental health days. Completely, opening your eyes to how positivity is just around the corner even though there is negativity, as he spoke about how he believes in a ''redeem a day'' strategy. Where you can reclaim the previous day with positive vibes.
When asked about how working with music affected his mental health, I was intrigued to hear how, even though he is doing something he enjoys it isn't all rainbows and butterflies, as he explained he has been working on an album for the past year and it can be ''very stressful'' as it ''takes everything out of you''.
Nevertheless, the love for music is definitely there as he stated if he was just listening, it would help because the enjoyment music can bring and does.
A tune he believed to be '' a little bit of an anthem'' particularly for mental health was Donaeo's Stronger.
Consequently, it is because of this I believe even more strongly, you need to support and care for the people around you, as well as, the artists and bands you listen to.
A tear from a man, or a woman is a form of expression and gender has no power over such, and society should remember no matter who or what you are mental health can affect anyone. Additionally, next time your favourite artist or band releases a track just remember they've poured their soul into it.
The truth is you never know how people are feeling or the struggle they may be going through so just be kind and stay groovy.