Beatport ReConnect x When The Music Stops: #YouAreNotAlone - A Virtual Music Festival Including Music & Educational Segments in Support of Mental Health05 November 2020 - Press release
Beatport, the world’s number one destination for electronic music and DJ culture, announced that it has partnered with When the Music Stops and Silentmode for a 24+ hour virtual music festival in support of mental health. Beatport ReConnect x When The Music Stops: #YouAreNotAlone will stream live on Beatport's Twitch channel on Saturday, November 7 beginning at 7pm PT / 4am CEST.
Artists confirmed to appear so far include Adam Beyer, Archie Hamilton, Angie Vee, Boys Noize, Ida Engberg, Junior Sanchez, Kaskade, Lady Starlight, LOUISAHHH, Riva Starr and many more. In addition to DJ sets, the event will feature educational segments about mental health and wellness led by experts in the field including wellness music composer, and sleep coach, Tom Middleton, Psychotherapist Dr. Aida Vazin, leading breathwork expert Stuart Sandeman and Silentmode founder Bradley Dowding-Young. Artists such as Ceri and Rebekah, two advocates of this topic, will provide informational messages and tips surrounding mental health and wellness. In between the music performances, these leading experts will tackle a range of topics such as depression, sleeping habits, productivity during the pandemic, creativity and more challenges facing the electronic music community and the world more broadly.
“These are trying times for our industry. Now more than ever taking care of ourselves - our minds, our wellbeing and, the wellbeing of others, is truly vital,” said Beatport’s CEO, Robb McDaniels “Mental health has been one of the most talked about topics in our industry for years, and this is a global topic that should continue to be discussed and destigmatized. Everyone at Beatport takes this topic very seriously and will continue to bring visibility to it.”
When the Music Stops is a non-profit organization founded by electronic music professional Josh Donaldson. They focus on depression, anxiety, burnout, and suicide prevention and aim to create a supportive community with a culture of honesty where vulnerability is the norm. Every year close to 800,000 people take their own lives worldwide and there are countless others who attempt suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally. So far in 2020 more than 30% of adults (18+) have experienced symptoms of anxiety, depression, or severe loneliness. As a co-presenter of this event, they will host important conversations throughout the festival, including a chat with DJ Sacha Robotti, discussing mental health and his own healing journey as well as rapper, MC and performer Jerome Joyce, who will discuss coping through poetry and songwriting.
“With loneliness, depression, and suicide on the rise, Beatport is becoming a leader in normalizing these conversations. When The Music Stops is honored to collaborate on such a powerful initiative. These issues affect all races and all religions. Together we can make an impact and let people know ‘You Are Not Alone’. We will continue to do everything we can to be there for you, we understand and relate to your struggles.” - Joshua Donaldson, Founder WTMS.
Silentmode will host two discussions: “The Problem - Mental health, how did we get here and what do we do?” featuring Ari Peralta (Arigami) and Jenni Cochrane (Get Ahead) and “The Solution - Using the power of music as a preventive mental health solution” with Tom Middleton, Stuart Sandeman and Bradley Young. There will also be a Breathonics Live Session with Stuart Sandeman, leading breathwork expert, demonstrating breathing workouts to help you build your body's natural relaxation mechanism. In addition, Silentmode will curate a Breathonics chill out room that lives within Beatport’s Twitch channel, where the room will have content on loop for an extended period of time. Fans can go to experience sleep tracks and relax in between the music and educational segments over the 24-hour period.
“It’s really important that brands with true impact recognize the importance of mental health awareness, potential triggers, and ways in which we can all come together to provide solutions. Beatport have been working hard to put together this special event which can sensibly approach the conversation within the most vulnerable groups of society; we at Silentmode really commend that and are thankful to be able to bring a solution for those that need it.” Bradley Dowding-Young - Silentmode / Breathonics Founder.