1. How would you describe music in 3 words?
Hard, fun, important.

2. When did you start playing music and what inspired you?
When I was about 15 I inherited a big old piano from my Nana. I started noodling around and teaching myself chords. I sung in choirs at school and I really liked music camps and tours and stuff because you get to know everyone so quickly and forge great friendships. So from there I was pretty intent to keep going with music in one way or another.

3. What’s your favourite music to cheer you up?
My friend made me a mix CD a few years ago that was ‘funk club’ inspired which had Parliament, Jackson Sisters etc. That usually does the job.

4. How does music affect your mood?
I think for me maybe it’s the other way around. When I feel a particular way I choose music to listen to that will intensify that feeling to try to get to the bottom of that idea or thought or feeling a bit more.

5. Do you feel that artists as people of influence have a responsibility to raise awareness around social issues such as stigma towards mental illness?
I wouldn’t say a ‘responsibility’ because I think music has different uses and purposes for different people. But when they happen to do so I think it’s a really good way to tackle those kinds of issues in a less confronting way, where people feel open in their discussions.

6. Does music and songwriting help you express emotions and the way you feel?
I think performing music does more than anything else. Each song takes on a different meaning each time for me, and I use the way I feel that day to change the delivery of that song.

7. Music Feedback is all about connecting music and mental health, what role do you think music plays in shaping views and attitudes towards mental health?
I think it’s a great medium for people to express their thoughts on one hand, and then for other people to be able to listen and relate to it in turn is helpful for them. Music is certainly a platform where discussion around mental health is encouraged and accepted and the more you’re willing to share the more people can connect with your music.

8. What do you want people who listen to your music to get out of it?
I’d like people to be able to make their own meanings and have ownership of the ‘story’ in each song. When we write we often attribute our own meanings or references after the songs are written and they’re not really about one particular thing or other. So I think it’s nice when people can relate the sound or lyrics back to something that is meaningful to them and use it in their own way.

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