May 17, 2022
Words by: Nathan Reece
Long nights, late nights, and weeks that don’t have enough hours in them. This music thing ain’t no walk in the park!!!!
We caught up with some of our artist community to share their thoughts on the always important topic of self-preservation as musicians.
It’s all about the mindset. We look at the bigger picture and know that foregoing instant gratification now will prove fruitful in the long term. That, and we know soon enough we’ll all just be dirt in the ground, so might as well grab life by the uvula and swing, swing, swing.
We don’t. It’s the ultimate sacrifice.
I think not having a great deal of musical experience helps keep the process constantly stimulating as we’re sort of making up for lost time but also have the excitement of endless exploration. We’re also pretty good at maintaining morale, we’ve got a fair few sources of comedic relief!
We all have our fixes and the Barton Hill Supermarket sorts them out.
Tara: We coat ourselves in vinegar.
Liam: …and mustard seeds.
I think a big part of it is trying not to burn yourself out, taking time for yourself and having a little reset when things get too much. The music industry is one of the most stressful industries to be a part of but on the other hand, after all the stress and being at each other’s necks for whatever reason, that time you are on stage together is truly a joyous experience. We wouldn’t change that for the world.
If you’re a musician and need support, there are options out there. For more information and resources, head to Help Musicians.