It’s fair to say one person that has been using lockdown to their advantage is 21 year old Antix Music Network DJ Rian Harvey.
You may remember Rian Harvey; Weymouth based DJ and Dance Music Producer who we’ve previously interviewed here on Antix. But with what he’s been up to in the last 12 months, we really thought we should catch up once more.
Rian Harvey, a teenage cancer survivor, has taken his spare time in lockdown and used it to help save lives, and raise awareness for teenage cancer, and Anthony Nolan, a blood donor register which helped save Rian’s life.
In between lockdowns, Rian has been visiting our new recording studio in Weymouth recording podcasts talking about his experience, and how to turn negative experiences into positive experiences, and after lockdown 3, plans to go back into the studio to record series 2 and 3 of his podcast ‘The Journey’.
Frazer Mitchell; Hey Rian, nice to speak to you. You’ve been very busy!
Rian; Hey Frazer, cheers for getting me in again! Yeah super busy, lockdowns been going that bit quicker because of it.
FM; As a DJ who was gigging a fair bit before lockdown, you must be tearing your hair out with the way things have turned out in 2020!
Rian; It’s so frustrating. I had just got a new residency when all this kicked off. But in hindsight’s it’s been a blessing in disguise as I’ve had some time to focus on myself and some other important parts of my life. Also open new doors and explore those avenues a bit! I do look forward to the first night DJing again though!
FM; So talk me through what you’ve been up to since I saw you last - last time you visited the studio, you were recording series 1 of your podcast called ‘That Fitness Journey’, including one particular episode where you spoke in depth about your teenage cancer experience. What’s changed since then?
Rian; Yeah, it’s been really busy. So I’ve started a new job. But in between that I’ve been cracking in with my book ‘The L Card’. It’s all about my journey and how we can push ourselves through positive mindset and choices to achieve amazing things! This has all really started from that episode in the first series, there’s so much more to come and it’s been picking up pace very quickly I’ve had people asking me to be guests on their podcasts and trying to get involved in more talks. Hopefully at live venues!
FM; Wow, very, very busy indeed - great to see! Your podcast was listened to by a lot of people, and I got a lot of positive feedback especially about episode 2. You’ve got plans for a second series, and a slight name change to ‘The Journey’. Talk us through what’s to come.
Rian; I was so thankful for all the support on the last podcast. The interest was definitely in my journey though, so I think it’s important to give the people what they want haha! This new series is all about life lessons from cancer really. And how I can help people be more positive and proactively chase dreams they never thought possible through mindset and attitude. I don’t want to reveal to much, you’ll have to give it a listen but I’ve been writing some of my best content for it!
FM; Let’s talk about Anthony Nolan - for those who don’t know, can you explain a little more about it and what you’ve been doing to raise awareness for the charity?
Rian; so the charity itself is for the bone marrow register. Which specialise in saving lives essentially. They save predominantly Leukaemia patients like myself who have one chance left. But there’s so much more now being discovered that stem cells can help! I’d highly recommend googling them and reading the website they explain the history and how you can help. For me, I’m looking ahead to this book being finished. But also the three peaks challenge. I’ll discuss this more in the podcast!
FM; It’s fair to say what you’ve been doing is brilliant - you’re really opening up conversation about a very important cause, and one that, especially now, is being overshadowed. Has COVID had an impact on campaigns like yours?
Rian; covid I think has had a positive impact on the campaigns in some ways. Yes, it has thrown a lot of the normal ways out the window. But it’s advanced our understanding of using social media as a platform for charity. For me, we have thrown ourselves into where the future was heading anyway. It’s also given me a common ground to relate hardship to people with. It’s something we have all experienced and there’s many aspects of this pandemic that relate to my cancer journey.
FM; Let’s go back to music now; what’s the plans? Will you be hunting for as many gigs as possible? Or will you be focusing more on the public speaking and campaigning?
Rian; I definitely will be gigging again, perhaps not as much but DJing is still a love of mine. I’ll fit it in when I can!
FM; Thanks a lot for chatting to us today Rian, and hope to see you at a rave soon!
Rian; Thankyou so much for having me again! Looking forward to the podcast!
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Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network