We’re back. Why the absence?

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Hello, everyone. Nice to see you. It’s been a while…

I’m aware we’ve been a little quiet recently. In fact, that’s something I’d like to address.

Most of you here will know me as ‘King Stammers’ and prior to that TJC Martin. In the world of Headfunk I’m responsible primarily for the art direction, And latterly the bookings of the live events.

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Behind that moniker is a very real person. My name’s Tim Callaghan-Martin. I’m 32, I drink far too much tea, I own two cats, and for most of my adult life, I’ve struggled with clinically diagnosed mental health issues.

This is largely why Headfunk’s been so quiet for the last year. I’ve been needing some downtime to recover and reflect on what’s been going on in my life and take some quiet time for self-growth.

I’m not alone. It’s projected that one in four of us do, and within the dance music fraternity, that number is higher than you might think. Which isn’t surprising really. The notion that DJs and promotors may suffer mental health difficulties as a result of their work is an idea that frankly, to any critical thinker, be obvious. The combination of Nocturnal hours, imposter syndrome, odd sleeping patterns and a culture of drink and drugs, mean that the obvious risks to mental wellbeing are clearly signposted.

With Benga’s very public coming out about his mental health issues, alongside this brilliant short film from Resident Advisor in regards to Anxiety featuring Motor City Drum Ensemble, it feels like now more than ever, we’re seeing a sea change in how the community understands and reflects these issues.

There’s a much larger piece of writing surrounding this issue coming soon, but I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge, and apologise for the lull in recent activity, and to reiterate that if you are affected by any of these issues, to reach out for help.

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by mental health issues, the following organisations may be able to help.

Mental Health Foundation

Mind

CALM

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