15 episodes

DJ and broadcaster Milly Chowles speaks with people from the world of electronic music who are recovering from addiction, mental illness and trauma as she sets out to understand how they came back from the darkest of places and the role that music, art and creativity played in their recovery as well as it's place in their lives now. These are real and raw conversations that explore how inspriring, brave and funny people have turn their past pain into unstoppable passion and purpose.
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Back 2 Life Milly Chowles

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

DJ and broadcaster Milly Chowles speaks with people from the world of electronic music who are recovering from addiction, mental illness and trauma as she sets out to understand how they came back from the darkest of places and the role that music, art and creativity played in their recovery as well as it's place in their lives now. These are real and raw conversations that explore how inspriring, brave and funny people have turn their past pain into unstoppable passion and purpose.
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    Louisahhh=Sex, Sobriety and Freedom

    Louisahhh=Sex, Sobriety and Freedom

    Back 2 Life is back for Season 2! In this season DJ and broadcaster Milly speaks with prominent voices in the world of underground electronic music who are recovering from addiction, mental illness and trauma as she sets out to understand how they came back from their difficulties and the role that music, art and creativity has played in their recovery and their lives now.
    The first guest is the incredible Lousiahh, someone who is very open and eloquent about her experience of addiction and recovery, and who is also a highly respected, distinct and prolific artist, vocalist, producer and DJ who's music sits at the intersection of punk and techno. She’s also an amazing insightful and fearless host of the podcast Sober Sex which discusses the often taboo topic of sexuality in sobriety and "focuses on conversations about what self-integrity, spirituality and personal evolution look like for different people as we learn to be and accept ourselves sexually and intimately." 
    Louisahhh is in long term recovery and got clean when she was just 20 years old via a family led intervention. After a substanstial time in rehab, she graduated and continued to pursue her music career ( against all the advice of those around her). Louisahh is living proof that not only is recovery possible when you're young, but that life can be amazing without drugs, you can go wherver you want, and do whatever you want if you put recovery first, something she continues to do after many years. Lousiahh's story and general being is so inspiring, she ooozes gratitude and wisdom in this episode we speak about her experience (and practice) of freedom, discovering BDSM in recovery, just how much work she puts into staying well, her early experiences with drugs and rehab, her creative recovery, her thoughts on mental health in the wider industry and more!
    Find out more about Louisahh here:
    Louisahhs latest album The Practice of Freedom https://louisahhh.bandcamp.com/album/the-practice-of-freedom-deluxe
    Sober Sex https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/sober-sex/id1514856529 /
    Sober Sex IG: @fuckyeahsobersex
    Louisahhh's IG https://www.instagram.com/louisahhh/?hl=en
    Louisahhhh's bandcamp: https://louisahhh.bandcamp.com/

    Follow us online @back2lifepod
    Back 2 Life is hosted by Milly on Air
    @Milly_on_air_
    Support the podcast https://ko-fi.com/back2life


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    • 43 min
    Cera Khin: Techno Mental Health, Hypnotherapy and Healing

    Cera Khin: Techno Mental Health, Hypnotherapy and Healing

    Back 2 Life is a podcast hosted by Milly on Air about healing and creativity. Every two weeks we talk to people about how they’ve come back to life after the darkness and this season we're on a mission to open up the conversation about mental health and addiction within the world of electronic music.
    My second guest for this season is the incredible Cera Khin. Cera is an amazing intuitive, fearless and highly sought after DJ who regularly plays to tens of thousands of people around the world. Raised in Tunisia via Berlin crrently living in Barcelona, she is the founder of the Lazy Tapes label and her sound is multi genre rave; from industrial hardcore techno, mind bending acid, fast hard trance and even gabber. Her sets release a transcendental energy, focussed on bringing people together to dance and release. Cera khin is also a self empowerment & mental health warrior and a trained Hypnotherapist. In lock down she founded  the instagram account "Technomentalhealth" in which she has been breaking stigmas and spreading awareness about mental health in the electronic music industry in a very engaging and accessible way. She is a thoughouly lovely person with great energy and we instantly got on and had so much to discuss. I this episode we talk about morning routines, the challenges of touring, overcoming trauma and depression, pschedelic therapy, social media, diversity, creating safe spaces and much more!

    Back 2 Life is created and hosted by @milly_on_air_
    Support The podacst via Kofi https://ko-fi.com/back2life
    Cera's links:
    IG: @cerakhin / @technomentalhealth
    Lazy Tapes https://lazytapes.bandcamp.com/
    RA Bio https://ra.co/dj/cerakhin/biography
    George Powell is the editor and sound engineer
    Music by Double O
    Artwork design by Vivandiere


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    • 42 min
    Nightwave-Frog Magic, Shamans and OCD

    Nightwave-Frog Magic, Shamans and OCD

    For the third epiosde I have the incredible Nightwave talking about her healing experiences with psychedlics, ancient amazonian medicines and Kambô, of which she is now a practitioner. In this podcast we talk about her unusual first job, getting into DJing, her own struggles with mental health including being diagnosed with OCD, what she learned about OCD and the routes she's taken to healing through scared rituals with psycillocybin, plant medecine, kambo and more. We talk about how she works with kambo, what it does, the ethics and sustainability of practicing with sacred methods and plants, spirituality/ spirtual bypassing and the similarities between DJing and shamanism!
    Nightwave (or Maya) is a Glasgow based DJ, producer, vocalist, club promoter and label boss with a punchy signature sound of acid, Chicago house, Detroit techno and electro fused with heady rave nostalgia and hybrid forms of bass and club music. She's one of my personal faves and has released some really incredible music over the years including her most recent EP " Prince of Flowers" on Optimo. But Maya is also a holistic therapist and Kambô practitioner specialising in women's health, autoimmunity issues and mental health. She says "Most people know me as a touring DJ and music producer but I've also been on a healing path for the last 20 years years pursuing my love of knowledge and passion for all life's mysteries, spiritual development and plant medicines. "
    She has been serving Kambô for 3 years and works with a wide range of clients but is particularly passionate about women's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and addressing the root of the issue which often is trauma or suppressed emotion. She works closely with Indigenous communities in the Amazon and is passionate about the fair and ethical use of these prcatices and medicines.

    Maya's Scared Forest Practice https://www.sacredforesthealing.co.uk/about
    May's RA bio https://ra.co/dj/nightwave/biography
    Instagram @nightwave808
    @maya_sacredforest
    Her bandcamp and latest release on Optimo https://nightwave.bandcamp.com/album/prince-of-flowers-ep
    Back to Life is hosted and created by DJ and Broadcaster @Milly_on_Air
    Production by George Powell
    Music by Double O
    Artwork and logo by Vivandiere



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    • 44 min
    DJ Winggold : Afrofuturism, Mindfulness and Burnout

    DJ Winggold : Afrofuturism, Mindfulness and Burnout

    Happy new year Lifers! Our new years resolution is to bring you even more real, raw, uplifting, inspiring, hopeful and relatable conversations about overcoming adversity, harnessing the healing potential of our innate creativity, addiction, mental health and recovery with people in the world of electronic music. Our fourth guest of the season and first of 2023 in DJ Winggold aka Charles, creator of Unbound Events, DJ, promoter, activist, advocate and if that wasn't enough, by day he's a lawyer! I started following Charles over the pandemic and we have struck up a very lovely instagram friendship in recent months. In this episode we talk about his passion for Afrofuturism, the ideals and values that his party series Unbound is founded on, being a person of colour in electronic music, social justice, his experience of depression and burn out, the perils of the DJ circuit, validation seeking, his powerful experience with a meditation practice and much more!
    Follow DJ Winggold @unboundevents
    Back 2 Life is hosted and created by @Milly_on_air_
    Edited by George Powell.
    Follow us on @Back2lifepod

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    • 47 min
    Bushwacka: Psychotherapy, addiction recovery and acid house

    Bushwacka: Psychotherapy, addiction recovery and acid house

    Back 2 Life is podcast that exploresthe link between healing and creativity, and this season is focused on shining a light on mental health and addiction recovery within the world of electronic music.
    Today’s guest is an absolute legend, if you were clubbing or festivalling in the 00’s you will have danced, maybe cried and probably hugged a stranger to his the incredibly iconic, uber emosh dancefloor anthem Love Story. Which actually celebrates it’s 20 year anniversary this week! My guest today is Bushwacka aka Matthew Benjamin, probably best known as one half of Layo and Bushwacka and now a qualified psychotherapist, founder of Listen Up Therapy.
    He’s also still an international DJ and prolific producer as he has been since the late 90s, but he's also a recovering addict. He’s been clean for over 7 years now and shares his experience of recovery from addiction and poor mental health very candidly and helps a lot of people in the process. I was so honored and excited to speak to him he’s got a really powerful and important message to share.
    In this podcast we talk about:
    -The early days of acid house
    -Getting his frst gig
    -Writing and releasing Love Story
    -Being a functioning addict
    -Early attempts at recovery
    -Being caught in a relapse cycle
    -Going to rehab
    -Holistic healing
    -His year off social media
    -Training to be a psychotherapist
    -Combinig therapy with a 12 step approach

    Links:
    Bushwacka IG @bushwacka / @listenuptherapy
    Listen Up Therapy: http:// www.listenuptherapy.com
    Host and creator @Milly_on_Air_
    Back 2 Life @back2lifepod
    Editor George Powell: @george_etc wwww/georgepowell.online/
    Love Story (vs Finally) https://www.instagram.com/p/CnXSqXaMChe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
    https://www.beatport.com/release/love-story-vs-finally/3044657


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    • 37 min
    Kiara Scuro ( Nadia)- Adhd, Perfectionism and Finding Purpose

    Kiara Scuro ( Nadia)- Adhd, Perfectionism and Finding Purpose

    Back 2 Life is a` podcast about healing and creativity within the world of electronic music. Our purpose is to to demystify, de-stigmitaise and shine a light on the healing process, whether you’re recovering from mental illness, addiction, burn out, greif, trauma... and whatever path you're on. It feels like as a community we’re thinking more about how we can better look after each other and ourselves, which is a wonderful thing.
    My guest today is Nadia Anderson, one half of Kiara Scuro (alongside Roise Ama) a DJ and production duo currently taking the world by storm with their eclectic selections and impeccable taste. Outside of Kiara Scuro Nadia is a holistic coach working mainly with women in the creative industries to live more fully and healthily, both mentally and physically. Nadia speaks about the experience of burn out that lead to her pursuing a different more balanced and conscious lifestyle and the challenges of integrating these two paths. She also has ADHD something we have in common snd also talk about in this episode particulary in relation to perfectionism, shame but also the creative gifts of neurodivergence.
    In this episode we talk about:

    Nadia's early careerBeing part of a duoAsking for what you want ( be more Davina!)Burn outFeeling like life is meaninglessThe road to recoveryHow coaching helped herAuthenticityFinding meaning and purposeThe healing circle, how helping others helps youAdhd and perfectionismShameThe male gazehypersensitivity to outside influence and opinionBeing of dual heritageFinding identity and acceptance in music
    And more!
    Find out more about Nadia;s coaching here https://www.instagram.com/__ayusya__/
    Follow Kiara Scuro here: @KiaraScuro
    Back to life is hosted and created by @milly_on_air_
    Production by George Powell
    Follow us on ig @backtolifepod


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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

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what a treat

this podcast is everything i need in life

tina trivett ,

Back2life

Brilliant funny and life affirming You can come back from the darkest places and you may even be able to laugh about it Tina Trivett

CarlaS0202 ,

Highly recommend.

Only two episodes in, but find these great insightful interviews, recommend for anyone in recovery.

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