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Music is beauty: New Mix By Tim Overill.


Music has been used for its therapeutic effect throughout history. 

Scientific studies clearly shows that music works for pain relief and that it has the ability to reduce anxiety.

Today we’re releasing a new mix made by Tim Overill, who has also functioned as our Music Director for the past few months where he has been in deep conversations with our Musical Hosts.

Music is beauty: New Mix By Tim Overill.

by Herb Essntls

2 months ago


News

Music is beauty: New Mix By Tim Overill.


Music has been used for its therapeutic effect throughout history. 

Scientific studies clearly shows that music works for pain relief and that it has the ability to reduce anxiety.

Today we’re releasing a new mix made by Tim Overill, who has also functioned as our Music Director for the past few months where he has been in deep conversations with our Musical Hosts.

by Herb Essntls

2 months ago


Music is beauty: New Mix By Tim Overill.

Photo by Spencer Imbrock

Improve your overall wellness and keep aging at bay by listening to good music.

Music has been used for its therapeutic effect throughout history. It’s prevalent in Greek mythology as well as during both the first and second world war where music was played in hospitals for wounded veterans to speed up their recovery.

Scientific studies clearly shows that music works for pain relief and that it has the ability to reduce anxiety. Just like ingesting CBD, or doing yoga, or eating healthy.

Anxiety and stress produces Cortisol, a substance that ages you more rapidly. Keeping your anxiety under control is a keystone in a working anti aging routine, or lifestyle.

Music, especially good music, is a brilliant way to reduce stress and anxiety that doesn’t require a significant effort if it can be at your fingertips. Integrating beautiful music into your lifestyle can and will help you live longer and battle anti aging more efficiently.

Since the Covid-19 lockdown started we have been releasing music mixes put together by some of the best DJs and music collectors around. It has grown into a great start for an archive and can all be found at SoundCloud.com/herbessntls.

Today we’re releasing a new mix made by Tim Overill, who has also functioned as our Music Director for the past few months where he has been in deep conversations with our Musical Hosts.

We sat down for a conversation about music, record collection, the therapeutic effects of music and more.

Enjoy! There is more to come throughout the fall.

You have been picking the Musical Hosts and been heavily involved with the interviews, what have stood out to you while going through and conducting the interviews?

There’s been a number of recurring themes that have been touched on during the interviews, but overwhelmingly the idea of music as a place of solace and healing is mentioned most. I guess because we started just prior to the lockdown, many people are craving some kind of collective musical experience, a cathartic release, a communal celebration.

I’ve been amazed by the passion and effort people have put into it. We're growing a great archive, by some inspirational people.

It’s also just fun to talk about records...

Can you explain what being a “digger” actually means? What are you looking for and how does your deep interest in music affect your life?

A digger just refers to the physical act of digging through crates of records, but I guess that's only a part of it these days, with so many online resources. The desire to continue seeking out music is often described as a compulsion; is that always part of the ‘collector’ gene? I collect anything I think is good, regardless of genre, but I’d say for non-home listening there’s generally a rhythmic element unifying things. For me a digger has come to signify a wider community. I get a lot of tips from friends and fellow record collectors, there are pockets of truly democratic sharing, you give a little, you get back tenfold.

As we have learned music has a therapeutic and anti-anxiety effect, is this something that you have noticed in your life? Both when it comes to the music itself but also of course the bodily effect of dancing for hours to great music?

Feeling great music, dancing with like minded souls, listening to a great sound system - are all amongst life's great pleasures. Though when all these things combine in perfect unity, that's where the magic lies. Humans staying up late and making noises isn’t a recent phenomenon. Even at the other end of the spectrum of solo home listening, music can transport us out of the moment, in a way no other artform can.

In your new mix, what stands out in terms of tracks or genres? What were you aiming to create with this one?

One track on there (Tom Wolgers - Rush Pop) I’ve been after for a good few years, and finally got a copy last week, so that’s a big one. Swedish synth pop of the highest order. That Canadian new wave track by Scott Matthews is a recent favorite, which had to go in. The mix is not too fast, but hopefully has enough energy to get you moving. This would be my ideal wind down in the later hours of a party - late night sleaze.

These mixes that we have been publishing, made by some very sophisticated and known diggers and DJ’s, are all like small journeys. What makes a mix good?

All things to all people ultimately, but I think a good mix imparts a feeling of that selectors style and taste. I’m pretty sure I could make a good guess at who put some of these together, in blind tasting. A great mix is foremost about selection, but juxtapositions, flow, emotion, drama, surprises, making rare un-shazamable shit on an equal footing with some forgotten classic, humour, fun, and passion - all play a part.

Each mix is also a mix of genres, and we’ve learned that almost all diggers are genre agnostic, what are some of the most underrated genres or sub-genres throughout music history in your opinion?

The most underrated is the one we haven’t plundered yet! Yet there’s been a resurgence in interest in many genres over time, the SA Bubblegum / Kwaito thing was big for a while, a resurgence in interest in Japanese City Pop and avant garde seems to show no sign of going away (or reducing in $). Lovers and Street Soul are more popular than ever, Chanson and crappy euro / scandi pop still throw up surprises. Ultimately these are fads as things fall in and out of fashion. All of these genres will have had their die hard collectors from year dot, so for many of us we’re just playing catch up. There’s always something new to discover.

 

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