Inspiration is a word that is thrown around a lot, and sometimes we take it for granted. Other times, individuals use life-changing events as drastic sources of inspiration.
When this happens, the results are the best…sometimes. This is just the case with Jackson Stell, aka Big Wild. The producer recently opened up about a previous bout with thyroid cancer in 2013. He details his struggle with depression, the disease, and surgeries that came with it.
Stell says this recovery and healthy turnaround is the inspiration behind his recent single “Maker,” and the music as a whole from his debut album Superdream.
In his Instagram post, he says:
“In a way, I’m thankful for my experience with cancer, because of how it changed my view on life. It gives me the courage to try new things and push myself, and gave me the courage to write all this music on Superdream.”
Give both singles a listen and find out more about his inspiration and road to recovery below.
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In late September 2013, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The news was devastating, stressful, and frightening. I was extremely fortunate to have caught the cancer in the earliest stage and for the type of cancer itself to be 100% curable. The positivity and helpfulness of my family, friends, and partner @jamilshameem was crucial to my recovery. Despite all of these positives, the diagnosis and the surgeries I needed to undergo caused a significant shift in my head. There were thoughts of “why me”, of self pity, of sadness. But the biggest and most terrifying change was the idea of my death. “This could be it” was a mantra stuck in the forefront of my thinking. However, writing this today, both healthy and cured, allows me to view this mantra in a different light. And here lies the inspiration behind ‘Maker’. The lyrics talk about facing death, the prospect of dying, surviving the experience and learning to value every day you have. Ultimately, ‘Maker’ is a celebration of life. It’s learning to love and appreciate every minute of time you have on this Earth. It’s about overcoming a difficult period of your life with a new and positive perspective. In a way, I’m thankful for my experience with cancer because of how it changed my view on living my life. It gives me the courage to try new things and push myself, and gave me the courage to write ‘Maker’ and all of the music on Superdream.
Be on the lookout for Superdream on February 1st, 2019.
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