DJ Jazzy Jeff Addresses Importance Of Mental Health Following Playlist Retreat 2018
publish date: 2018-08-31
Wilmington, Delaware – The magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff spends a healthy chunk of his time on the road every year. Following tour stops in exotic locations such as Africa and Switzerland, the turntable legend is back stateside and will perform at Denver's Goodness Block Party on Saturday (September 1).
Ahead of this weekend's festivities, Jazzy Jeff is busy getting his travel plans in order after pulling off his annual Playlist Retreat. Although he's held the event for the past three summers, he calls this one 'the smoothest it's ever been.'
The idea behind the Playlist Retreat is all about collaboration. He invites roughly 75 DJs, producers, singer/songwriters and instrumentalists together to his home in Delaware to fuel creativity. But, it's not all about music. Mental health was a big topic of conversation this year.
'It's a very interesting thing that your job is to go out and make people happy through music, but yet no one ever asks, 'How are you doing?'' Jazzy Jeff tells . 'No one ever asks the comedian that makes you laugh, is she happy? I think everybody has lives. Everybody has relationships. There's nothing different other than your profession that separates you from everybody else, but yet still there's a whole laundry list of emotional things that no one ever bothers to address.
'It was taboo for so long, and then you start looking up and you're kind of like, 'We lost way, way too many of our icons that we put on a pedestal to very normal, basic life issues' that it's kind of like, yeah, we need to talk about this.'