Exploring the connection between neurodiversity and dance music


So we’ve typically considered issues like ADHD as an issue, and positively, I can communicate from my very own expertise, undiagnosed neurodivergence has positively purchased me many challenges over time. However neurodivergence can have a optimistic aspect and lots of of its destructive results are much less the ‘fault’ of the ‘situation’ and extra the results of a non-typical mind making an attempt to suit right into a neurotypical world.

Following his analysis, Saytek beat his drug addictions, started to find out about how his thoughts labored and slowly turned his life and profession round. Perception into how his neurodivergence affected him has led to him channelling a few of his specific abilities to nice benefit. Saytek’s autism usually manifests in excessive thoroughness and a focus to element, which is extremely useful in successfully working his social media. “Lots of people moan about social media,” he tells us, “however as somebody who’s acquired that autistic thoughts, I’m obsessive about stats.” 

He makes use of his naturally obsessive nature and a focus to element to fastidiously monitor and refine his social media, which has proved extraordinarily profitable. Likewise, Saytek’s ‘hyperfocus’, the ADHD trait of deeply concentrating on a job to the exclusion of anything, is usually a very highly effective artistic software. “I can sit for days and days on finish, simply making music within the zone,” he says. “Once I’m in that hyper-zone, specializing in making a brand new reside set, I can simply lock onto it in a means that I suppose lots of people would discover actually tough.”

Hyperfocus is an ADHD trait that The Mind Charity’s Nanette Mellor describes as “a superpower which might guarantee they turn into essentially the most educated or expert within the area of their selection and excel of their chosen topic”.

For me, post-diagnosis, it’s been a pleasure to re-evaluate my obsessive nature and my urge to utterly immerse myself in my work to the exclusion of all else: to see it as a optimistic relatively than one thing that defines me as bizarre. 

Tristan Hunt additionally factors out how the character of the ADHD mind will be extraordinarily advantageous in artistic settings. “The variety of concepts that come by the ADHD mind the entire time signifies that there’s a a lot larger probability of that inner serendipitous lightbulb second occurring, developing with a brand new concept, a brand new mind-set, maybe sooner than the neurotypical mind would possibly.” Likewise, Nanette Mellor instructed me that “it’s nonetheless early days in our understanding of the mind, nevertheless it seems true artistic genius is commonly born out of neurodiversity and circumstances like ADHD, ASD and dyslexia”.

I’ve usually mentioned dance music saved my life, which within the context of my moderately nice middle-class upbringing sounds a bit over- dramatic. But additionally, the phrases merely don’t exist to precisely describe simply how deep my connection to our dance music tradition is. It is part of me, we’ve grown collectively since I used to be a child, and every single day and each night time because the days of breakdancing within the early ‘80s, dance music/membership tradition — name it what you’ll — has been there for me. It’s by no means let me down, at all times assuages the grief, lessens the load and brings me pleasure. It saved my life from being uninteresting, mundane and joyless, and is the place I met a lot of my dearest associates. It rescued me numerous instances over the previous couple of many years from the cruel realities of life, offered solace, articulated my feelings higher than I ever may and it helped me to know myself and others. It’s my dwelling. Dance music saved my life. Now I’ve a a lot clearer concept why.

On condition that there look like substantial numbers of neurodivergent individuals in dance music, a lot of them undiagnosed, consciousness of how neurodiversity can affect individuals is important for everybody, not simply the neurodivergent. Dr. Lloyd calls neurodiversity, “The brand new frontier by way of equality and inclusion”; maybe now could be lastly the time to start out understanding, accepting and celebrating the large vary of neurology that people have.

I wish to assume that right here in membership tradition, we’re forward of the curve on this one. For thus many people, dance music, for all its faults and imperfections, has at all times allowed us to easily be the those that we’re. “Probably the most lovely factor about membership tradition is the celebration of individuality,” Liam says. “That’s on the core of it, no matter your neurotype: to be who you’re and to like as freely as potential.”

I’ll go away the ultimate phrase on the topic to Andy Edwards, who has a message for neurotypicals and the neurodivergent alike: “The primary takeaway from that is that everybody must be far more open and versatile of their expectations of others. Settle for individuals for who they’re and be cool with that. The late Tony Wilson mentioned that being cool was about being authentically, unashamedly your self. He was proper.”



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