While Bwana is keen to not be preachy or impose his own personal choices on anyone, at face value his experiences do reflect a prevailing mindset in dance music that staying healthy is unusual or somehow a badge of shame, which can be dangerous and all too commonly lead to burnout and other serious health conditions among industry figures (as well as fans). “You meet other DJs on the road who are exhausted and look like they seriously just need some time off, and it can be hard to see,” he says, noting that one excessive night can be enough to throw a whole tour into jeopardy.
“It seems like more people are coming around,” he continues, commenting on a shift in this attitude, and it’s encouraging to hear of his training work and the clamour for places. “The gym is a great constant. In an industry where so much is out of your control it's nice to have something where you actually get what you give. You can work for months on a release only to see it get brushed under the table but with the gym you actually can control most of your progress and that really is a wonderful thing to have when you work in this industry.”
It’s important to remember that it’s possible to party while maintaining an awareness of health, and sometimes making the decision to arise early for the gym rather than see an after party through to the bitter end will do wonders for wellbeing. “You have to pick and choose your battles,” concludes Bwana.
Health tips and help is out there for those who need it, and for any Berlin-based industry figures, if you’re lucky Bodies By Bwana may have wait list spaces available come 2020.
Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter
Published as part of Mixmag Health Season