Leon Rolle, better known as the DJ Locksmith, has enjoyed thrilling highs in his career. He has also experienced devasting lows, including mental health issues that brought his life to a halt. At events, Leon reflects on the role fitness played in his recovery and the importance of expressing your feelings with people you trust. He has a resounding effect on audiences, as he opens their eyes to the experiences of mental health sufferers.
As a performer, Leon found fame with the Platinum-selling drum and bass band, Rudimental. Prestigious awards, hit singles, and world tours later, he is now a pinnacle figure in the British music scene, and a popular event entertainer. Such dizzying success brought immense pressure, which chipped away at Leon’s mental health. He found solace in physical sport, and is now a vocal advocate for sport as a vehicle for emotional recovery.
Before entering the music industry, Leon was a promising football player, and enjoyed a shining career with Premier League clubs, like Arsenal FC. Despite this, Leon also recounts the feeling of not being signed to a team, and the impact it had on his mental health. To safeguard future players, he set up a football programme to support young athletes in similar positions. When booked for events, Leon teaches audiences how to pick themselves up following disappointment or failure.
In 2019, Leon went back to his roots and took part in Soccer Aid, as part of Harry Redknapp’s Rest of the World team. To test his limits, he later took part in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, which pushed Leon to his mental limits and showcased his mental resilience. Another achievement of 2019 was Leon’s involvement in National Fitness Day, which defined his reputation in the fitness community.
In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Leon highlighted the importance of fitness to safeguard people’s mental health. He also trained for the London Marathon, a feat that reflects Leon’s determination. Crediting his positive headspace to running, Leon often discusses how fitness allows him to clear his mind of negative thoughts. When booked for events, he promotes the power of physical activity for ensuring emotional wellbeing.
“Just to drop a message to say all went well today – everything worked perfectly from a technical side and Leon’s speech was great. If anything we could have heard him listen for longer – the apprentices loved it and had so many questions for him.” – KPMG