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Cherub Sanson
Cherub Sanson


Just over a year ago, through the musical grapevine, we heard about a sound healer called Cherub. Intrigued by the idea of being taken on a sound journey through a range of frequencies channeled through instruments like tuning forks and gongs, we booked ourselves in for a session. Skip forward to today and DLTM has now enjoyed several sound healing journeys with Cherub. Cherub combines her spiritual inclinations with the science of frequency to invoke higher vibrations within those who she works on – leading to enhanced clarity, a gentle, relaxed state of being and relief from stress, among many other things. Following our last session, we sat down for a chat with Cherub and here’s what she had to say…

Cherub Sanson at home with her gongs
Cherub Sanson at home with her gongs

“It started in Ibiza, that’s where we all know each other from, that’s where we got our love for music. From there I went to Miami, so I spent a lot of time at the music conference, Movement in Detroit… all the festivals I could go to,” Cherub tells DLTM. We’re sat in the lounge of her Camden flat, feeling serene and focused following a lovely sound journey. Cherub explains that she spent six years traveling around the States after graduating from Newcastle University with a business degree. In America she immersed herself in the world of house music with fun, fancy dress and festivals at the core of her pleasure seeking. “After America, I traveled the world for a while and spent time in Thailand, India, Jamaica, different places where sound was such an integral part of culture, way more than it is in the west. I’d sit in drum circles at sunrise, listen to people playing flutes and I began to realise how important sound really was,” she explains.

After traveling the globe and coming to the realisation that sound played such an intrinsic role in so many vibrant cultures, Cherub moved to London. “I realised that there’s such a huge part of our culture that misses out on that connection to community and love for music and spirit. I wanted to somehow fuse my passion for music and organic sounds with community,” she says. Her first endeavour was to set up ‘Play Around Sound‘, a venture aimed at teaching children in Primary schools to express themselves through sound. Aided by the now, sadly, defuncy, Kids Company, Cherub went into schools to utilise sound for the purpose of educating and enlightening young people. “That naturally developed into using sound to heal adults, and that’s the journey I’m on now,” says Cherub, her eyes alight with passion as she describes her story so far.

Cherub performing with Tim Wheater
Cherub performing with Tim Wheater

Cherub met veteran musician and sound healer Tim Wheater at a healing event a few years ago and got talking to him about her Play Around Sound business. They became friends and Tim began to mentor Cherub, imparting his knowledge of sound. “I wouldn’t know most of what I know now if it wasn’t for Tim. He taught me all about the scientific frequencies and how they can affect the body on a physiological, spiritual and emotional level. I also trained with him, so I have a diploma in Sound Consciousness,” she explains. “He then asked me to assist at his events. After a couple of years I became astute enough to become an equal contributor in what we now do. He facilitated my transition from working with children, to adults.”

And from the partnership with Tim, to working alone on her own sound journeys, Cherub was enlightened by a spirit medicine. “I used to be very involved with medicine through my best friend, David. During one ceremony the medicine showed me, by vibrating different parts of my brain, which hemispheres light up with different frequencies. Every time David sang, when he would hit a particular note, it would then resonate in a certain part of my brain. That how she (the medicine) showed me how sound has a far greater effect on us in our everyday life than we can ever imagine,” she tells us. “Then she showed me a cradle of sound that I could create, with all my instruments around the outside and me creating a lullaby with sacred sound.”

Starting out in 2013 with just a tiny gong and a blanket on the floor, Cherub began to replicate exactly what she was shown by the spirit medicine. “I started off by doing it for free for a couple and it’s now developed into the experience you just had, which has definitely come a long way!” she laughs. “I was very lucky to acquire the instruments I have. Tim is one of the best in the business and his lineage is pure in terms of gong mastery. His teacher was Don Conreaux, and Don’s teacher was Yogi Bhajan. Because of that, and the fact that he’s a perfectionist, Tim has some of the very best instruments and I met him at a time when he starting to reduce his collection.”

Cherub has dedicated her life to sound healing
Cherub has dedicated her life to sound healing
Cherub’s set up now comprises a myriad of finely-tuned instruments, from large gong, to smaller tuning forks and drums. She even uses her voice sometimes, and each session varies in its form, as she takes an intuitive approach to her sound journeys. “I would never buy something random from the internet, I use Sound Traveler, which is a friend’s site if I’m buying new instruments. I always need to now where they’ve been sourced from, it’s really important to me and I’m very fussy, so everything in my sound healing room is of the highest quality,” she explains.

“I have a few favourite frequencies, but my absolute favourite is 111hz, which is in a bandwidth of sound called the Solfeggio frequency – which translates to ‘House of God’. So it literally means ascension,’ says Cherub, as we ask her to speak about her knowledge of frequency. This is at the core of her work, and she places the utmost importance on gaining as much knowledge as she can when it comes to her knowledge of the subject. She continues, “It’s derived from Gregorian chanting, which, if you listen to it (and you should do), it has an incredible effect on your physiological system.” Cherub explains the connection between 111hz and our natural frequency, before she moves to 432hz, the pitch at which musical instruments used to be tuned until 440hz became the industry standard back in the early 20th Century. Her ability to speak about both at length, without deviating, was more than enough evidence for us to believe that she is thoroughly diligent in her quest to gain as much knowledge in the subject as she possibly can.

Asked what she loves about her job, it’s clear that the transformative capabilities she has acquired make her feel empowered and thankful to be able to carry out such work. “What I love is when people come in who are really cynical and they come because their partner has bought them a session. Beforehand they quiz me about everything and afterwards they come out with tears in their eyes, they don’t know what they’ve experienced but they know something has shifted in them, inside,” says Cherub. Before, during and after her sound journeys, Cherub’s level of care and attention exceeds the rate she charges by far; from foot spas and intuitive massage (using her hands and tuning forks to alleviate areas of tension), to baths full of Epsom salts and warm, genuinely enthusiastic conversations, the entire experience is one that cannot fail to raise your vibration.

Cherub and Tim Wheater turn in scintillating performances together
Cherub and Tim Wheater turn in scintillating performances together

Cherub now has several enterprises based around sound and healing, she performs regularly with Tim Wheater, Play Around Sound is still running, her sound journeys remain ever popular and she also runs ‘Sisters Circles Of Sound’, a series of all-female workshops where she aims to create a space for women to connect, support and inspire one another, using her own journey and experience to uplift her sisters. She’s also been working with Martyn Ware, ex of the Human League, to set up an event called Resonate where Martyn’s skills with technology will be utilised to present music and sound healing to people via an impressive 10-speaker set up – Martyn then controls the sound through those speakers with a joystick, giving people a totally immersive and unique sound experience. They’re recording an album together with Tim Wheater and have plans to launch a mind, body and spirit event in a former mosque in east London, which will be open to anyone and everyone, spiritually-inclined or not.

But all of this hasn’t been without it’s challenges. Opting out of what most people consider to be a ‘normal’ way of life to become a freelancer in a world which is unpredictable, and perhaps not as inherently trusted or understood in our culture as practices such as reflexology and acupuncture have become, hasn’t been easy. That combined with the sheer volume of misinformation and charlatans that are out there, trying to capitalise on the growth in the spiritual market, makes life very hard for people like Cherub.

Cherub's set up includes two gongs which emit transformative frequencies
Cherub’s extensive set up

“The biggest challenge for me is how much wishy-washy, spiritual, holistic, neither here nor there, non-commital information there is about my subject that makes people distrust it. It makes me distrust it. You go on to Google and there’s Deepak Chopra saying Tibetan bowls release opiates in the body which creates a chemical flush of joy throughout the body, so I believe that. Then someone says that the study was rigged to get those results, it’s not saying that’s true, but it’s just one example of how there aren’t enough scientists in the field of sound healing – they’re all spiritual,” she tells us. “I don’t want to be any old ‘sound healer’ who whacks a gong and says they’ve aligned all your chakras.”

As we get to the end of our time with Cherub, we ask her about the importance of taking risks to do her work and follow her heart, a pathway fraught with the possibility of failure. “I left my job, which was pretty well paid. I’ve taken a leap of faith, I’ve become a true testament to the statement ‘leap and the net will appear’ because sound has carried me through, through challenging times. If you’re living your passion, you can’t go wrong because, even if you’re not getting paid for it, you’re doing what you love and if you are getting paid gangster money for it, it’s a bonus and you can help more people!” she beams.

And that, as they say, is sound as a pound…

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Fabio Garces in his east London studio
Fabio Garces in his studio

Over the past couple of years DLTM has been to a meditation-based event called Sonic Enchantment. At the gathering Fabio Garces helps to gently guide the groups that attend into a meditative state through the medium of sound – in particular he uses electronic soundscapes, which he has composed himself, merged with organic sounds; birds tweeting, shamanic drums, jungle wildlife, water cascading and a variety of other natural sounds to guide you into a relaxed frame of mind. Each time we’ve visited it’s been refreshing and invigorating, and different each time. We hung out with Fabio in his studio and spoke about his relationship with music and healing…

For a taster of Fabio’s lu:sid sets, check out the mix below…

Fabio Garces at work in his studio
Fabio Garces at work in his studio

“You don’t have to hit people over the head (with music) for them to have an intense experience. There are so many others ways; with ‘underground’, or deeper, music you can do that,” Fabio tells us. We’re sitting in his studio, discussing the recent set he played at Love Is Key, a sober rave held in east London where the music policy is strictly underground and deep. Where some parties that encourage a sober atmosphere will utilise the more commercial end of electronic music to get their patrons bouncing up and down, Love Is Key aims to use more credible sounds to entertain their audience and Fabio was booked to perform at their opening event.

He performs regularly under the name Lu:sid, bringing his distinct brand of frequency-infused techno and house to a variety of events, sober and non-sober. Of course, all music is based around frequency, but Fabio adds subtle layers of holistic sound that is proven to have a positive effect on the listener. “If you have music that’s nice and evokes a good feeling, I would never discredit that, it’s great. But you can also go deeper with people and raise their consciousness on a subtle level with frequency. For example, with my Lu:sid sets I can experiment with frequencies that promote endorphin release, which can help people to enjoy music naturally,” he explains.

Fabio performing at sober rave Love Is Key
Fabio performing at sober rave Love Is Key

Using the healing properties of sound to make a difference to people’s lives has been a dream of his since he was a young man. Born and raised in south America, he realised the power of sound and imagined being able to use it to heal people and raise their vibration. “Growing up in south America I had shamanic teachers and I saw them use sound in ceremonies to guide altered states; through drumming, chanting, ikaros and stuff like that, I thought there was something special there, within sound and music, that not everyone understands,” he explains.

Those early years led to his first steps into electronic music where he witnessed just how influential sound can be, “You get that sense that there’s something else there, a collective feeling. When a whole room is tuned in, with the music unifying everything, combined with the atmosphere and energy, it all comes together and there’s this unmistakable vibe in the room. I saw the potential to do something transformative when you’re up there performing, something with a more focused intention beyond just playing great tracks.”

Fabio at work at Love Is Key
Fabio at work at Love Is Key

From partying at large-scale events in south America to studying music production and sound engineering in London, Fabio’s path has been dictated by sound and he now runs the popular Sonic Enchantment events regularly. He has immersed himself in the study of frequency for the past 10 years, identifying the wavelengths which have healing properties and using them for the benefit of others. It’s an interesting area of expertise and one which he continues to learn more about with every day that passes.

“In terms of my qualifications, it’s definitely not traditional in terms of my work with music and sound healing. I spent a lot of time learning from a couple of shamanic teachers in central and south America, I also worked with a sound healer here in the UK actually doing the research around all the frequencies I use and lots of my own time researching and experimenting within this field. There isn’t really anywhere you can go and learn the type of stuff I’m working with specifically. It’s been a 10 year process of self development, research and experimentation. I mean I did a year at Point Blank for music production and engineering, but that was more of a technical thing,” Fabio explains. “We are a vibratory field and sound waves interact, when you start to learn about how they interact with you and the effect that can have, you can start to make something, even without a beat. I’ve been working out how to incorporate that into the dance floor,” he adds. “I always listen to things myself before I try them out though, because there’s so much information, and misinformation, on the internet now.”

We then ask Fabio what frequencies he uses on himself, if any. He tells DLTM, “Often when I do meditations here in the studio I use the stuff I make for Sonic Enchantment. I like things to be quite simple, so I use Earth frequencies, like Schumann Resonance (7.83hz) but it depends on what I want to work with. Solfeggio frequencies have quite a positive effect, like 528 for example – that’s quite an interesting frequency that works with your heart centre. I like something that has a particular purpose.”

Sonic Enchantment offers a invigorating environment where sound is used to aid meditation
Sonic Enchantment offers a invigorating environment where sound is used to aid meditation

What DLTM finds most interesting is the integration of healing frequencies into Fabio’s live sets. At Love Is Key his performance was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening, the tempo was high, and his mix of tech house and vocals was spot on – most importantly though was his own additions to the music, sounds and layers that worked to penetrate the psyche of those on the dance floor, increasing the positive energy levels in the room. To some this may sound like absolute mumbo-jumbo, but there was a clear distinction between his set and the DJs who played before and after him.

Fabio’s dream remains the same, bringing sound healing to the big stage, using its power to offer transformative experiences to a larger number of people. “Originally I had the idea of doing an event where everything was focused around raising consciousness; music, visuals, everything – and that could be taken around the world, with a foundation set up that could raise funds for an issue affecting a particular nation or city, put on the event to unite people and raise their consciousness and then leave something there, a school for sound maybe, leave your legacy behind so it can be used for the benefit of that country,” he explains.

It’s an ambition that we hope he realises one day.

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