#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek: Meet KwolleM
Producer and Model KwolleM gives his thoughts on Mental Health Awareness
Who are you?
I’m Mellow K backwards (or KwolleM forwards?), been producing for around 3 years — I’d say it got a bit more serious when Mellow Grime started, which was 2 years ago. The first remix I made, was super rough, but sonically hit a chord & instantly got a lot of press buzz.
I’m Mellow & my name begins with K, it’s cool that I flipped the name & I’m one for flipping Grime into something mellow.
Is creation an effective form of stress relief? If not, what are your go-to activities to relieve stress?
100%, music is my medium of stress relief. When i’m producing I forget about everything, I’m sure I’ve gone days without eating, because I was producing.
Why do you think so many stay silent about MH Problems?
I feel there’s an innate feeling that it’s unique, when it really isn’t. Also no one wants to come across as vulnerable. I know personally, I didn’t want to burden anyone when I was going through stuff.
How do you think we can go about de-stigmatising MH?
Active education, I don’t think I even knew what depression was beyond a synonym for sadness. Need to learn how to distinguish between normal emotions & mental health issues — what to do about it, what services are on offer, etc.
What is next for KwolleM?
Got a project coming soon! Should be a good one, will be mellow & British, mellow grime, maybe even mellow drill!