Streaming for the win - a new theme tune
Anthony Chapman is an educator and producer, and member of bands Collapsed Lung and Arndales. He was diagnosed with MS a few years ago. He has recently started streaming his beatmaking live on Twitch, and was kind enough to create a theme tune for our new podcast series.
During lockdown in 2020 a lot of people started to take part in various online activities. There was shenanigans like getting your parents to make dance videos on TikTok, endless online quizzes, yoga classes and of course lots of gaming. One platform that saw a lot of new activity was Twitch. Ant had had a Twitch account for several years but hadn’t really used it much, apart from watching Scottish comedian Limmy, who was an early adopter of streaming his stand up gigs on the platform. Ant is a musician, educator and musical producer. Although his teaching and producing could still happen during lockdown, live gigs had to stop. Ant plays in his bands Collapsed Lung and Arndales, but trying to organise all band members to get set up online was too difficult.
After watching more and more non gamers using Twitch for different things, Ant decided to have a go at setting up a stream of him making some music. Ant had found that working on other people’s songs, such as remastering and producing was ok, but in the last few years he hadn’t made much music for himself. So he thought that perhaps if he streamed what he was doing people might watch him, "I’ll get the extra push I need". And it worked! After a few months of streaming Ant had made more music than in the previous 10 years. Plus he had created a nice online community of people who showed up every week to watch him make his music. The group of people interacting with Ant via the chat were having lots of fun and learning a lot about how to make beats.
This is why we approached Ant to see if he would be willing to make our new podcast theme song. In MS Awareness week we are launching a new series of podcasts called “Me MySelf and I” concentrating on the lives of people affected by MS during a year of lockdown. Ant himself is one of our stories, talking about his diagnosis story and how having MS has impacted on his life in music. When we asked Ant to take part and get involved, he was game so to say!
“I think the MS trust is a brilliant source of information, if I want to try and find something out about something related to MS, the MS Trust website is always my first port of call.”
You can hear our new fantastic podcast theme tune on all future podcasts of 'MS: Breaking it down' at https://mstrust.org.uk/ms-podcasts.
All aboard for The MS Trust Conference 2021!
There is no other event like the MS Trust conference! It's a fantastic event for MS health professionals to come together to learn, share expertise and focus on improving care for everyone affected by MS. Conference provides an opportunity for MS teams to update their knowledge on the latest developments in MS care and treatment and to network with other health professionals who share a special interest in MS. The MS Trust annual conference was postponed in November 2020 but we are keeping the original, fantastic programme and will be hosting the conference as a virtual event. This gives us an amazing opportunity to extend the invitation to even more health professionals as we are not limited by physical space.
The conference runs Sunday, 28 February to Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Registration closes at 6pm on Wednesday, 24 February 2021. https://mstrust.org.uk/health-professionals/courses-and-training/ms-trust-conference
Here at the MS Trust, we are trying something new.
For the last few weeks, we have been scheduling in 5 minutes each week to just breathe.
We stop whatever we are doing, join a video call, and follow a simple breathing exercise, lead by one of the team.
It is a recognition that times are tough, so it is important to protect our mental health. To play the long game, so we don't burn out.
Give it a try.