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Mental Health Matters: Coping with PTSD in the Music Industry Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: Coping with PTSD in the Music Industry

There have been a lot of stories over the past couple of years about sexual and domestic abuse within the music industry. These conversations are mired in hot takes – debates about legality vs. morality, about “call-out culture” and the prevalence of so-called witch hunts, and about separating the art from the artist. I’m not here to debate any of that today. Instead, I’m going to talk about the other half of the abuse coin – the mental health repercussions that can stem from it and how has played into…

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Mental Health Matters: When Moving to LA to Pursue Your Dream Breaks You Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: When Moving to LA to Pursue Your Dream Breaks You

After four years of living in Los Angeles, I recently made the decision to move back home to Texas. This was a very difficult decision. I fought with myself for a good chunk of those years convincing myself I was happy living here and that going back home was a sign of weakness and a sign that I gave up. I was too stubborn swimming in denial to admit that I was unhappy. I was so fixated on making a name for myself in the music industry and getting my…

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MY FIRST TIME: Lilac Lungs Features My First Time 

MY FIRST TIME: Lilac Lungs

Hi! We are Lilac Lungs and we’re going to talk a little bit about our first time writing, recording, and then releasing a full length album. None of our members had ever been through the process of writing a full length album. Music has been apart of all four of our lives ever since we could remember, so it’s very interesting and weird that none of us had ever recorded a full length before. At the same time, none of us would’ve wanted to experience it with anybody else. All…

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Mental Health Matters: Losing My Footing and Finding Some Ground Features Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: Losing My Footing and Finding Some Ground

When I was 18 and a few weeks into my second semester of college, I had a bit of a mental breakdown. I say “a bit” because I’ve had breakdowns that, on the surface, were much worse, but in relation to my career in music, this one is significant. I had chosen my college- Case Western Reserve University- partially because their Biomedical Engineering program was one of the best in the country. I excelled in my classes, earning straight As my first semester. I had a campus job as a…

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Let’s PLAY: Fighting The Phoenix Features Interviews 

Let’s PLAY: Fighting The Phoenix

We have reached the end of our Let’s PLAY feature and we are concluding it with one amazing band! Metal five-piece Fighting The Phoenix have been rocking the Ernie Ball competition and are currently sitting nicely in the top 20. Check out our exclusive interview with the Colorado band below. And you can also find all the info you need to get these guys to the Warped Tour mainstage after the jump!

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Mental Health Matters: “I Call The Shots.” Staying Healthy & Managing Your Limits Features Guest Blogs Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: “I Call The Shots.” Staying Healthy & Managing Your Limits

Music and Mental Health go hand in hand.  Music is therapeutic.  It can make you laugh, cry or feel like you’re on top of the world.  Learning to read and play music can help build self-esteem and confidence. For me, music was an escape.  I grew up with a mentally ill parent, but we didn’t talk about mental illness in my house.  It was this giant elephant in the room.  I used to think that if I could ignore the elephant that it would just go away. I started playing…

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Industry Interview: Boston Calling’s Talent Buyer: Trevor Solomon Features Industry Interviews Interviews News 

Industry Interview: Boston Calling’s Talent Buyer: Trevor Solomon

Boston Calling is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to check out the brand new location and incredible acts headlining this year (looking at you Weezer, The 1975, and Bon Iver!). There are SO many incredible acts in both music and for the first time ever, a comedy stage. It’s going to be a weekend packed with non-stop action. In preparation, we interviewed the man responsible for booking those acts, Trevor Solomon, to grab his thoughts on the festival’s evolution and how bands can vie for their own shot at…

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Finding The Right Fit For Your Label Bands Covering Bands Features Guest Blogs 

Finding The Right Fit For Your Label

One of the most crucial aspects of running a label is signing the right bands. You need to see talent where others don’t, and then know how to capitalize on it. The first time I heard about Household was from one of Blood & Ink’s former bands, Comrades. Joe, the guitarist/vocalist, told me they were young, but brought something really special to the table. After a few emails with Household, I took a trip up to northern Virginia to see them open a show for Comrades in someone’s garage. There…

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Mental Health Matters: “I didn’t see these as internal struggles because everyone else around me perceived them as achievements.” Features Guest Blogs Mental Health Matters News 

Mental Health Matters: “I didn’t see these as internal struggles because everyone else around me perceived them as achievements.”

There’s a saying that goes: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” I think it comes from the Bible or something, but I’m not exactly sure. To be honest, I didn’t know about the saying or its meaning until my therapist explained to me what high­ functioning anxiety and depression were. Growing up I found it difficult to keep my hands still. My body constantly felt restless because my mind was always moving. I picked up instruments, eagerly accepted challenges, and was stimulated by new opportunities. I figured that if I…

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Let’s PLAY: Hylian Features Interviews 

Let’s PLAY: Hylian

The Ernie Ball PLAY! contest is wrapping up in less than two weeks, and we have yet another amazing band competing for the chance to play the mainstage to introduce you to! Say “Hello!” to Hylian. This Utah five-piece has been taking the competition by storm and staying in the top 10 for quite some time now. Check out our exclusive interview with Hylian below! You can find all the info you need to keep them at the top after the jump!

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