“Mom, help me.”
No matter how old you are or what’s going on in your life, sometimes you need to go home to get the support you need.
That’s exactly what I did when I had a breakdown that saw me end my life.
In 2013, my success as a producer and touring with dozens of top artists meant I should have been on top of the world.
Instead, I was at rock bottom.
After talking to my mom, I had no idea when I ended up in A&E and how much help I really needed to get my life back on track. .
Yes, in the desperate days of my mental health crisis, I saw things spiral out of control while I was constantly touring the world. Type “video” and it changed my life forever.
Because I found binaural beats in hypnosis, ASMR, and white noise videos. Despite everything that was going on in my mind and body that day, I was enjoying the best sleep I’ve had in years.
Binaural beats are a type of music in which two tones of slightly different frequencies are played to the listener. The brain slowly adjusts to respond to the median of the two intermediate frequencies being played, one in each ear.
Therefore, its median frequency becomes a kind of auditory illusion, and millions of people listen to binaural beats, listen to binaural beats, watch videos soundtracked by binaural beats every day, and experience stress, anxiety. , or is relieving insomnia.
Although there hasn’t been extensive research into binaural beats, basic theory suggests that different types of brain waves respond to different frequencies. like meditation) into theta or delta waves (common in light and deep sleep, respectively).
My interest in music started at a very early age, playing with MIDI keyboards as a child, joining a gospel choir in middle school, and getting into studio work and making it my career. All the while, I witnessed the power of sound.
Still, I was skeptical that this video I stumbled across really gave me a good night’s sleep. I wondered if it was just because I was sober, or if I was in a state of panic-induced insomnia. The body simply ran out of energy and shut down to recharge.
But the next day, the day after that, the day after that, now every night, the binaural beat video continues. At Madison Square Garden.
Binaural beats sound more like music than the monotonous repetitions of white noise or the tapping and whispering that accompany ASMR.
The atmospheric, tone-based sounds of binaural beats, typically generated using a keyboard or computer, may remind some people of ambient house or “chill-out” dance music, but are more sparser and more structured. The emphasis is on generating two complementary but subtly. A different tone for each ear.
When you hit the beat, your body reacts instantly, and when you start nodding your head, your stress melts away.
I wake up feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to tackle the next day.
On a recent tour, we had technical issues hours before the gig. In the past, I was plagued by this, but I found a quiet corner, played binaural his beats, and was able to de-stress and come back to my problems feeling refreshed. Relaxation of the eyes and mind.
It may sound strange, but I truly believe binaural beats saved my life.
Ironically, I always felt like two different frequencies were playing in my ears. In fact, I think it’s one of the reasons it took me so long to admit I needed help.
My career meant working with some of the biggest names in the world, including Stormzy, Zayn Malik, Tinie Tempah, Giggs, Emile Sande and Wizkid.
I enjoyed being on tour with the world’s superstars, living an amazing life, and turning my passion into a career.
It was one frequency, one voice in my ears. It taught me how crazy it would be to give up on this, to enjoy it, to live in the moment, how hard it was, and not to complain.
But in the other ear was the truth that I was in danger of burning out, my social batteries were nearly empty, and my relationships with my family, my wife, and my daughter were suffering as a result of the tour. They were often in different time zones.
It was a short-lived frequency clash that eventually all fell apart.
Between 2013 and 2015, in about 18 months, I lost my father, my grandparents, and my marriage fell apart.
I knew the impact my mental health had on others, so one dark day I decided to use the money in my bank account to end my own life.
But I realized that taking my own life would only make things worse for those around me, especially my daughter. I felt that killing her self would put all the trauma on her.
That decision led me back to my mother’s house, to A&E, to cold turkey, and finally to binaural beats.
And now, after years of using them to calm my own nerves, aid in my journey to recovery, improve my mental health, and improve my relationships with my family, I am determined to make my own beats. I made it
My new music project, The Bipolar Express, is both my new artist name and album title, a positive project that combines binaural beats with the traditional production and production techniques I’ve always used in my career. Using engineering techniques, the sounds I really want can help and inspire others.
This project is designed to be part of a sound therapy resource and part of a traditional concept album.
Some of the sounds are binaural beats and I hope I can give other people the same impact that the other tracks had on me. I also think other tracks will be more musical and lyrical, like the one I recorded with Emile Sande.
Making my new record was a cathartic process. When your life gets so good, you think you’ve let go of years of tension, but it’s not until you have a creative outlet like this that you can truly let go of some of those lingering feelings from the past. increase.
But I’m proud of the record itself, but it’s not just the music.
I am working with the One Twelve Agency to help as many people as possible recognize the positive power of binaural beats. With so much media being voice-driven, we’re happy to combine our talents. To spread the power of sound to the world.
These beats, this little-known section of the internet, gave my life back. Now, I’m still touring and working with great artists, but instead of being overwhelmed, I’m able to kick back and relax and things don’t focus on me.
And what about beauty? You don’t need any physical skills, background like mine, or expertise in music production to reap the benefits of binaural beats.
You should be willing to listen.
Find out more about Wez and Bipolar Express here.
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