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April 25, 2021 31 min

There are a disproportionately high number of musicians with mental illness. Why? This week’s episode explores the relationship between low mood, anxiety and the creative process in song writing. We also look at how the creative process can help channel low mood and anxiety in a therapeutic way to achieve a greater understanding of who you are. Finally we look at  the importance of mental health advocacy in the music industry.

In earnest is fuelled by the dual songwriting of front-couple Sarah and Thomas in a bid to encourage open and honest conversation around mental health. Their sad indie noise is a dialogue from two perspectives; a call from one who feels too much and a response from the other who must plead for them to stay alive. Hailing from Southend on Sea, UK, in earnest is made a trio by the inclusion of instrumentalist Toby. With influences ranging from alternative rock to folk, the band propel forward with their own brand of emotional, genre bending indie music. In earnest have so far attracted critical praise from BBC Introducing, Atwood Magazine and EARMILK amongst other international indie press. Their self-titled 6 track EP, released in October 2020, explores themes of hope vs hopelessness, desperation, loneliness and identity in their rawest form. Follow In Earnest on Spotify and Instagram.

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