Noiseporn will be conducting a series of interviews with artists and music industry professionals to discuss mental health–specifically, how they cope with all the pressures and temptations that harbor our culture. This is not solely an issue for electronic music, it is ubiquitous for all performers. We hope these interviews will help the growing number of performers entering the scene see that no one is alone.
We spoke to Rebeca Lange, who goes by “Becks” to further discuss the topic. Becks has been promoting and event planning in Miami for the last 12 years. She has developed and curated some of Miami’s most memorable shows, such as Life and Death Record takeovers and Rakstella. With so much experience and creativity in the scene, Rebeca Lange seemed to be the perfect choice to talk about the all-encompassing topic with.
This Interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Do you think there are aspects specific to this industry that create depression or stress?
I think depression and stress are not only linked or specifically linked to the industry itself. I believe it’s a bigger issue that has to do with the pressure we create with ourselves by constantly being exposed to others’ lives and success stories via social media. I am a firm believer that the pressure we create through communication avenues generates anxiety, depression, and stress. You’re constantly looking at people traveling, people living in “excess,” DJ and promoter rankings … the list goes on. Loads of what we see is just the surface. It creates a silent pressure which catches onto many.
Have you experienced depression in your career or with those you’ve worked closely with?
I personally have not experienced depression, but I have close friends, some who sadly are not with us anymore, that suffer from it. However, in my case, there’s an intense and constant level of stress that is generated by many factors. One is from being one of the very few, if not the only, female promoters in techno music in Miami. It comes with a very heavy burden of responsibility, social consciousness, being extra cautious and observant, and having to excel, whether it be at the show or for yourself.
How do you cope with the long hours of touring, loneliness, and staying overall mentally fit?
A while back I understood that to be genuinely happy, you must find happiness within yourself. This comes with being comfortable being alone in your head for hours or days. It takes a lot to get to this point: patience, resilience, acceptance, and being able to disconnect from the noise of everyday life. Understanding that people should love you for who you are and if they try to change you, perhaps it’s not the right fit–this could be in areas like friendship, family, or a partner. It’s important to be heard and speak your mind. I know it’s easier said than done, but you would be surprised about how many around you would love to hear more from you. Same goes the other way around. We must be genuine in our relationships and listen to those around us. Walk more, disconnect from the noise, listen to music … it heals.
Do you feel that being a woman in the industry comes with its own unique set of challenges and stressors?
Being a woman in the industry comes with its own unique set of challenges, however, it’s up to you how you handle them and how you portray yourself to others. I’ve been part of the industry for 12 years and we have come a long way in many aspects. I couldn’t be prouder of what we, as women, in the industry have achieved today, but we must be careful and gentle. I’ve seen unnecessary exclusion from women in the industry to others and there’s a fine line from being feminist and inclusive to being narrow and incomprehensible.
What does a sense of community within the field mean to you?
Community to me means being gentle with one another and caring for one another … Community is an interesting concept, to which we all thrive for, but need to relate to each other in order to be successful.
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