Teddy Cream’s own Brandon Mangion recently teamed up with Mindfull Aus to help raise awareness for mental health issues (READ MORE HERE) and he was kind enough to have a chat with OzClubbers’ Alex Is Madd about his new venture and other things.
A: Thanks Brandon for chatting with us here at OzClubbers.com.au.
You and Vincent Calderone formed the DJ duo Teddy Cream when you were much younger and was one of the more integral figures in the Melbourne Bounce scene. Can you tell us a bit about how Teddy Cream came about?
B: Teddy Cream was born around 2010, I was 13 or 14 years old. It started by me making tunes for fun and putting them up on Soundcloud. I came across Vincent’s music as well who is now my partner in Teddy Cream and we decided to collaborate on a tune or two. They went really well and decided to create a duo. The rest is history! We have since toured the world together and have built an everlasting friendship.
A: In 2019 you launched the infamous Mango Club in Melbourne at La Di Da which went on to be a huge success just before COVID hit. Tell us what drove you to creating your own club night?
B: I always had a dream of running my own club night, and that’s exactly what I did. As much as I love making music and DJing as Teddy Cream, I love having some side projects on the go to keep me on my toes. Mango has been incredible and went on to be one of Melbourne’s most prestigious Friday night venues for fresh 18-23 year olds, it was such a great party atmosphere and I am very grateful. I also helped the LEVELS boys relaunch the new LEVELS nightclub at Brown Alley which was also a massive success. We only got to throw 6 parties before we were forced to close due to COVID but we had over 2000+ patrons through the doors every week without fail which was incredibly humbling.
A: You’ve battled some demons over the past couple of years. While we understand you will be explaining most of them in detail in your upcoming book and podcast, can you summarise what those demons were, hopefully helping others who are in the same place realise that it is possible to find a way out.
B: I was on a self destructive cycle of abusing alcohol & party drugs whilst touring. It really took a toll on my mental & physical health. I decided to share these personal demons with the hope to inspire others who may be struggling with something similar to reach out and seek help if they need it. It’s ok to not be ok and there’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. If I can do it, anyone can.
A: You say you are now in the best headspace you’ve been for a very long time to help yourself. Can you tell us a bit more about what the turning point was that made you decide that you needed to focus more on your own health and wellbeing?
B: I was worn out, tired, and completely drained. I was wasting almost all the money I was making and I felt like it was time for a big shift in my life. The turning point was definitely getting the well needed rest and break that COVID brought. There is always a silver lining and I guess it was a blessing in disguise for me. I had time to reflect and do some soul searching.
A: How did you come to connecting with Mindful Aus for this great change in your life?
B: I was speaking to Matt Runnalls, the CEO & Director of Mindfull Aus and he has been a great help in helping me turn my life around. I launched my 1 year sober campaign to help raise funds for the charity so they can continue to do the amazing work they do in high risk areas.
A: Mental health is a massive problem during COVID, with a significant increase in anxiety, stress, worry, and the feeling of being isolated, especially with so many people who have lost their jobs and sources of income. In fact, according to BMC, suicide rates are expected to be up to 25% higher this year than previous years. Do you have any tips for those who are suffering with mental health issues during COVID?
B: Please take care of yourself. Self care is more important now than ever before. If you are struggling, reach out to friends or family you can trust for support or see your local GP. You are worthy and you are loved.
A: For those who may not realise they are suffering from mental health issues at the moment, do you have any tips and recommendations for people who think they might be fine but in reality might be repressing or burying their mental health issues?
B: It’s okay to be vulnerable and to express our thoughts, feelings & emotions. We can’t bottle things up because they will resurface later down the track. I would say just try to enjoy each present moment and when obstacles do come your way, feel and acknowledge them and then let it pass, rather than trying to ignore it or hide it.
A: You’ve really stepped up to the plate in recent times, apologising for any wrongdoings and even looking to become a life coach and helping people in need. Tell us a bit more about the larger positive impact you’re looking to have on the community?
B: I’m on a mission to heal the world with love and kindness, and hopefully I can inspire people to live a happy & fulfilling life. Everybody deserves that!
A: It’s been a troubling time for most of 2020, but there are some benefits that have come from this tumultuous period. Can you list a couple of good things that happened to you during lockdown?
B: I’m now almost 120 days sober, have made some great new friendships with people who support & champion me on, and also have started a life coaching business to help those in need. I am in a great headspace right now.
A: As Teddy Cream, you’ve played some massive arenas worldwide. Can you tell us a bit about the most memorable gig you played?
B: We play at Creamfields festival in the UK every year, it’s the absolute best! I can’t wait to get back to the UK and Europe so we can do what we love again.
A: Your remix of Horses was a massive hit with it charting in the ARIA charts and peaking at #55! What inspired you to remix the Daryl Braithwaite classic?
B: Every Aussie knows that classic no matter how young or how old. We knew it would be controversial if we did make a dance remake of it, but it got people talking, and that’s exactly what we wanted!
A: Finally, what can we expect from Teddy Cream in the near future?
B: We have so much exciting new music in the works. Not sure when we’ll able to start touring again but you can expect some killer tunes in the near future.
A: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Brandon! Good luck with your affiliation with Mindfull Aus.
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Brandon’s Launch video: