One of the main problems in the music industry is that we who live and work within it, don't readily admit to our ‘madness’, but looking at the path we've chosen - to invest ourselves in this world of slim chances and cut-throat deals - there has to be a little madness, right? “We're not mad,” I hear you all cry, “we're musicians!” But however you cut it, staying sane in such a competitive and ruthless industry is not straightforward. Trust me, I am speaking from experience - I am not ‘sane’ - and almost every artist I have worked with would say the same about themselves.
This particular and beautiful form of 'insanity' characterises many music professionals today and, once we admit this to ourselves, we can openly explore the issues and reasons surrounding why and how we are mad! Once we've done that we can begin the journey of learning to manage ourselves within a specific framework that acknowledges and accounts for our eccentricities; building on them and affording us happier and more organised lives amid the inevitable chaos.
Or, we could just pretend we're OK, bury our feelings deep and await the inevitable explosion as the pressure of self-loathing and neuroses builds over time in a half-hidden part of our personality that, actually, others can see only too easily. But self-destruction is not a good look!
That is the reason for the book 'Staying Sane In The Music Game' and this podcast channel. It’s a way for us to begin having the open and honest conversations we need to reveal a path of radical change and personal growth. My work in the music industry has led me into many dark and tumultuous places and from each one I’ve learnt valuable and enduring insights which I have picked apart carefully and put back together into a guiding framework and structure that you can use, your way, to live your unconventional life without too much trial and error.
Musicians and business professionals alike are exposed systematically to extreme behaviours, attitudes and situations all of which will require a tenacious mind and acute awareness to identify, harness and thrive from. This book will give you the mindset and tools to do just that.
We will be speaking to high level pros in the music business and musicians to discuss these topics and their journeys. Through these conversations and the tools and rituals in the book we can all grow and learn and make ourselves more resilient.
Here’s to Staying Sane!
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This podcast was an interview that I did with the 'Your Music Industry Podcast' by the Liverpool Audio Network and Help Musicians UK. It was a great interview and I think you'll get a lot from it with regards to understanding my journey, the book content and inspiration for how to live the healthiest lives in the music industry.
In 2016, Help Musicians UK undertook research which suggested that people working in the music industry are 3 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety compared to the general public.
This week's #YourMusicIndustry guest has experienced his own suffering in the industry and through his own practise and experience has found a way to cope and Stay Sane In The Music Game.