When I was little, music was how my Mum, Dad and older brothers kept me entertained on long car journeys. I still remember now listening to Stereophonics’ album “Performance and Cocktails” in full and on repeat on 5 hour journeys, learning all the words and going into my own little world. Years later, and music is just as therapeutic to me as it was back then.
“The Playlist” raids some of my favourite musicians, tastemakers and trailblazers’ song stashes. I’ve got friends who are doing some incredible things, and who truly inspire me, so I’m going to be discovering the songs and melodies that are inspiring them, and documenting them right here in 2015.
This month’s “The Playlist” candidate is my mate Toby Yeo. Toby is a wakeboarder, filmmaker and content creator at Junction 23, a site which documents a group of Toby’s fellow wakeboarder and wakeskater buddies around England and Europe, riding rails and having fun.
Last weekend, my best pal invited me to a weekend in Sherwood Forest with Forest Holidays. I’d had an emotional and anxiety-ridden 5 days leading up to the weekend, so the thought of 3 days away in a peaceful forest was exactly what I needed.
Here’s hoping I’m not the only one, but over the past few years, I’ve been feeling more in need of some downtime and relaxation than ever before. I’m putting it down to our modern lives – spending our days staring at screens of all shapes and sizes can get a little exhausting, and the pressure that I put on myself to work harder, be better, live fuller has never felt more overwhelming.
Because of all this extra stress and pressure, I’ve gotten pretty good at balancing the scales, and figuring out the best ways to relax and recharge. Here are my four favourites…
Over the past six sunny (or not so sunny) weeks, every festival, event, soiree or shindig I’ve been to has been so much fun, and well worth the trip every time. From spending a weekend overlooking Watergate Bay at Boardmasters, to frolicking under a disco ball in the woods at Festival Number 6, 2015 has been a summer to remember.
And with every band around my wrist or stamp on my hand, I’ve learnt something which made the next even better than the last…