The music industry can sometimes be portrayed as 'the high life' when sometimes it can be a very dark place. Although, artists bare their soul they can also hide their emotions so that their fans do not see the struggle as it were. Living with a mental health disorder/s can sometimes only maximize the pressure and the feelings artists have.
Therefore, we thought it was about time musicians and in particular male artists share how it can be. With the help of some up and coming artists we have been lucky enough to have had some light shed into how the industry deals with mental health.
At this moment, we would like to remind you we are not in anyway professionals within the music or mental health sector and the following is to raise awareness of mental health and is in no way meant to create offence to anyone living with a mental health disorder or anyone who works in the mental health or music sector. Also, we would like to thank all artists that participated in this feature as their responses were significant in the making of it.
AID LEWIS: ''MUSIC & WRITING IS MY LIFE LINE.''
Recently, we got in touch with Kent's very own up and coming artist Aid Lewis, best known for his album 'Empathy & Ecstasy' which reached 7 countries on iTunes and 9 overall, with over an incredible 4,000 plays. He also shared how the album was ''the most personal, deep and meaningful project I've ever worked on.'' Lewis even explained how 'Empathy & Ecstasy' referred to the ''lows'' and ''highs.''
In this interview, it came to light how much music could have over mental health as Aid enlightened me music is his ''lifeline'' and how his latest album has helped to deal with ''whatever was going on inside my head.'' Overall, you could tell music as a whole has a massive impact on his life and his mental health as he stated how it was ''my everything, my journey, my way of expressing, my way of giving back hope''.
However, it was extremely interesting how he has been so vigilant and was so honest regarding his opinion on the music industry and society's implications on mental health as he explained how ''it's hard for anybody to admit to mental health especially the younger generation'' who are ''living in a 'life with a filter' age,'' as well as, expressing how regardless of any circumstances ''it's hard for anybody''.
Furthermore, the mid 20's singer-songwriter touched on the ''pressure of fitting an image, genre, body weight, certain style'' and explained how it's a never-ending battle for people in the music industry because it ''f**ks up the flow of creativity''. However, he suggested how the industry has changed to how it's been in previous years. For instance, people aren't buying merchandise like they used to and ultimately, the industry aims to ''make money'' and are a business and are just doing ''what business people do''.
Overall, his interview was both insightful yet logical as he finished on how he thought more could be done regarding mental health and how ''it starts with something so simple''...
''Just be KIND!''
MIKE DAI GET'S BRUTALLY HONEST ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
Up and coming rapper Mike Dai opened my eyes up to the music industry in a whole new light. Referring to the industry as ''cut-throat'' and explaining how ''it's all about followers and likes.'' At first, I was stunned at the brutal honesty and wondered why someone who thought that, would want to be involved in such industry. That was until he enlightened me that music meant ''everything'' to him and ''gets me through my day''.
I don't think I had ever heard such honesty and knowing it was going to get posted, for serval days I contemplated whether to upload this or not. That was until I realised the industry isn't for the faint-hearted so, in some ways, it is a ''cut throat'' industry you've got to work hard and be passionate, which I could tell he was. When he enlightened me how he met 'Intelekt' and got into music which helped him to ''settle down''.
At first, just like you are probably now I didn't quite understand how music affected his mental health until he explained he has OCD and certain musical concepts helped him to cope. For instance, Dai explained how writing lyrics is a ''very organised structure'' and benefits him by being able to control his emotions. In addition, music had even helped him through a rather rough personal path when he was able to put together 'Runs Deep' featuring Barbara Gonzalez and Intelekt which was released earlier this year on his album 'Lifted 3'.
One thing I was still really interested in though was whether he believed the ''cut-throat'' industry does enough for artists? and according to the controversial rapper, he believed more could be done in the way of a building a ''support network'' for artists.
Then concluded by saying that if he could give any advice to someone wanting to get into the industry who was just starting out and living with a mental health disorder it would be ''don't give up!''
Who would have thought an artist could have this much controversy about music/the industry?