- 02 Nov 20
Producer and DJ Arveene typically works with the likes of Kneecap and MangoxMathman, but he took some time out of his busy day to discuss why Movember is a crucial cause for him to get behind.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale. The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives. The charity’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
What have you been doing to keep yourself sane during the lockdown?
I've been making a lot of music. I just did a remix for MangoxMathman, I've spent a lot of time in studio and working with bands online. I've really thrown myself into creativity. In a way, lockdown has given me more time to breathe and put more detail into elements of my work.
How did you get involved with the Movember campaign?
Movember has always played a big part in my world because almost everyone I know has been touched by cancer, in one way or another. It's so common. My mum had cancer a couple of times, and I've had friends who had different forms of cancer, and I think in recent years there's such a strong push toward mental health, and there's so many elements of mental health that lead into various illnesses. Men really struggle to talk, so it's really important to promote men speaking with each other, and talk about their problems.
I was talking to someone yesterday about how great it is that the campaign incorporates mental health as well as physical health...
Even with all the men who are around me...my brother in law, my dad, my music partner in America. Society expects us to present ourselves a certain way, and men definitely struggle with the communication side. I think it's so important that we do share our problems. And no matter what your gender identity is or what your persuasions are, communication gives you more balance and makes you more open.
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