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THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. In 2013, male suicide accounts for 78% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20 – 45 in England and Wales.
PREVENTING MALE SUICIDE
We seek to prevent male suicide by:-
Offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via our helpline and website.
Challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, see www.yearofthemale.com
Pushing for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented via partnerships such as The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) . CALM also hosts the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership, (which includes Cruse, If U Care Share, Papyrus, SoBS and the Samaritans amongst others). This partnership aims to ensure that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered and receives timely and appropriate support. Its members are working collaboratively to ensure this vision becomes a reality.
We believethat if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it then hundreds of male suicides could be prevented. We believe that there is a cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help as they are expected to be in control at all times, and failure to be seen as such equates to weakness and a loss of masculinity.
We’re a campaign for all men, not just ‘service users’. All of us, at one time or another regardless of gender, will hit a crisis and so we could all do with specialist support when things go wrong.
We aren’t here to represent health professionals or the mental health industry. CALM is about, for and on behalf of men. We use young men’s peers, their voices and interests to reach them. We seek to work with clubs, venues and brands with voices that men respect, feel comfortable with and trust to get our message across.
We want to forge partnerships within music, entertainment, sports and comedy to help us with our promotion and advertising, as well as potential brand partners who can help underpin our campaign. By using music and entertainment to promote our message we create a brand that is attractive to our audience and potential supporters. In return we get a fantastic amount of pro-bono support from talented creative agencies and individuals who collectively help us raise awareness of the issue and our social message.
CALL THE CALM HELPLINE
Our helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. We're open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Please note: Our texting service is no longer available. If you are in need of text based support, please use our webchat facility.
0800 58 58 58
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"I got into [DJing] for the love of music. There are people who do it to get girls or to travel, but first and foremost we do it for the music"
Boiler Room is a music platform that hosts intimate live music sessions with an invite-only audience in mostly private locations, streaming the performances live on the Boiler Room website and through video streaming services such as YouTube and Dailymotion. Recordings are then stored in Boiler Room's archive, with over 1.5m active subscribers.
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Do you still have a preference for listening to vinyl?
"I have tons of vinyl. I also have a reissue label called Kay-Dee Records where I still do 45s. You're talking to a vinyl person, period. I was talking to a friend of mine earlier who was talking about putting a cassette player in his car because he doesn't wanna be able to spin through records, he just wants to be able to listen.
"That's the thing: with a piece of vinyl you don't get up and move it, you listen to it. One of the biggest problems of the digital world is when you have 10,000 songs on your iPod and you skip through them. That's one thing people gotta get around. As it is, I got about 60,000 records."
Before you go, tell us, what do you have going on at the moment?
"We just released part two of the Gorilla Mode EP, which is five cuts. It has Raheem DeVaughn on there, Dionne Farris, a new artist named Neysa, and a friend of mine out of Amsterdam called Man Without A Clue. That's on my label, Dope Wax, and there's tons of stuff coming as well.
"We were talking earlier about the whole circle and the 90s era. Well, it's time to release records the way we did back then - just keep 'em coming."
With the electronic dance music boom, do you think house music has lost its soul?
"For a minute, yes, but now it's going back to basics - it's like the 90s all over again. The whole deep house scene is happening for me. I love what the kids are doing now and I think a lot of producers and DJs are open to the music again."
What do you put that resurgence down to?
"Music always moves in circles. It has a lot to do with the technology as well, which has been a huge benefit for people that are tapped into it as we're able to do things a lot quicker than we used to. Years ago, you made your beats at home and tracked it to a tape machine, then you'd mix it to a tape machine. Now you have Ableton, Pro Tools and Logic. You can have all your stuff in a laptop or a studio computer as opposed to back in the day when you'd have hundreds of thousands of dollars of outboard equipment and mixing boards, so you're able to create quicker and easier."
In what way is the digital DJ having a positive or negative affect on how music is mixed?
"I still mix records as a DJ but there are guys that have things synced up. For me that doesn't necessarily work because it's a different crowd that you're playing to in a different country on different nights. So it doesn't work for me but guys are doing it and overdoing it, but there is a plus to it as well.
"If I got into it, I would be using software in a whole different manner than what these guys are doing. I would probably go in and out of it; go out of sync to maybe remix a track live but not to mix a two or three hour set where everything's locked up."
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Jamie Odell, aka Jimpster, has been producing, remixing and DJing for the last 20 years and co-running esteemed UK deep house label Freerange Records (voted Best British Label 2007 in DJ Mag) for the last 17 of them. Born into a musical family, Jimpster was influenced and encouraged by his father Roger Odell who was a drummer in jazz-funk band Shakatak. It was in their studio that he was first exposed to synthesizers and recording equipment. Jimpster had a brief intermezzo from DJing while playing in the live improvised electronica band The Bays, but eventually took up his original path as a DJ/ Producer. Over the last two decades he has built up a musical resume that is impressive in both quantity and quality, with multiple releases and remixes on esteemed labels such as Defected, 2020Vision, Strictly Rhythm, Peacefrog, Diynamic, Buzzin’ Fly and many others. His gig schedule is busy to say the least, with over 100 performances in 2015.
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