Hello you lovely lot! I’m Halyna, the face and founder behind the Blue Light Beat.
I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that every minute of life runs to it’s own rhythm and has it’s own beat; you create your own soundtrack every day, simply by existing. From a stress filled, fast paced morning commute, to a lazy, melodic Sunday afternoon- you’re writing your own playlists without realising it.
As a medical doctor based in Manchester, much of my day, and occasionally night, is spent in and around hospital. There are times when I don’t know if things will go to plan, I don’t know if it’s going to get complicated; hence my life runs to the beat decided by the next blue light.
The Blue Light Beat is my own little ode to great music, everything it has done for me in the past, and no doubt everything it will do for me in the future. It’s particularly focused around rock, alternative, indie, Britpop… maybe some occasional surprises in there too. Expect gig and album reviews, thoughts and music news, as well as playlists filled with everything from established rock gods to up and coming talent of the future.
This project has been on my mind for a good number of years, but the work-life balance wasn’t equal enough for me to make it a reality- something needed to change. Music and writing make up a huge part of my life, and I’d go as far as to say, they are probably my biggest, if not only true passions. Being seen without earphones in, or singing out loud to old but gold classics, with radio turned up to full blast, used to be a rare thing. As a drummer, singer and very (*massively below) average guitar player, watching live music and going to gigs is also really important to me, and something I’ve loved since the pre-teen years.
The further I climbed into my medical career, the more I began to notice that less time was being spent on the things I truly love and I was becoming miserable without realising the reason. It wasn’t an active choice, but the work end of the weighing scales had somehow managed to tip the seesaw over to one direction, and I’ve no doubt there are even bigger challenges still to come. Even when I was off the clock, my head was very much still in office hours. I knew something needed to change, and soon.
This is where the background picture for the BLB logo becomes relevant. The image used is a photo I captured, very much by chance, at the Maccabees ‘Final Farewell’ tour at the Manchester Apollo. It was taken during a song that has always been particularly significant to me for a number of reasons, and is now significant for one more. As ‘Something like Happiness’ roared through the Apollo, the whole crowd united at the top of their voices, bodies rushed inwards, and I felt a sudden moment of clarity. For a second, the stars seemed to align and my plan became clear. As the lyrics say:
‘You just know when you know, you just know.’
That’s when I knew; for my own sake, this needed to be the beginning of the Blue Light Beat.
Since the start of BLB, we’ve gained some fab contributors from all over the UK – if you’ve like to write for us or get involved in any other way, please get in contact. It’s worth noting, we’re a non-profit site, so all roles are voluntary and simply for the love the music!