The Brow Horn Orchestra plays genre defying, dance demanding pop music laced with an irrefutable electric energy and universal sound with a festival ready presence that demands attention. Brow Horn Orchestra’s work includes a debut EP ‘Can’t Afford This Way Of Life’ and first release, double a sided singles “Goliath + Don’t You Wanna Sing Forever”.

Brow Horn Orchestra have won numerous awards including Best Live and Hip Hop outfits at the Perth Dance Music Awards, best funk act / best music video at the infamous WAMi Awards and have been marked as ‘the next big thing’ by Drum Media before winning the high stakes band competition of the same name.

Fortunately Music Feedback was able to talk to DJ NDORSE, Nick Owen, from Brow Horn Orchestra and discover his view on the connection between music and mental health.

MF: WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING MUSIC AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
Nick: I’ve played music on and off a lot of my early life, but I was brought up into a family with a very musical mother and aunty, the later who has a doctorate in Jazz Vocals in America having taught an array of amazing singers such as Norah Jones.

MF: WHAT ROLE DO YOU THINK MUSIC PLAYS IN SHAPING VIEWS AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS TOPICS SUCH AS MENTAL HEALTH?
Nick: On a personal level music is most often my release, my way of staying mentally healthy is writing about things gets you through the tough times. I think on a wider level music is a universal language that helps to tell wonderful stories, talk about important ideas and music can very much so play an important role in shaping views and attitudes towards mental health because of this.

MF: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC/SONG TO CHEER UP TO?
Nick: I have very eclectic tastes so it’s a hard one to answer. I love music with lots of heart and soul, whether that’s hip hop, electronic, folk, jazz, funk, dub, reggae, classical; if I can feel something about the creation, the care and the love behind the music it’s probably worth listening to.

MF: HAVE YOU HAD FANS TELL YOU THAT YOUR MUSIC HAS HELPED THEM WITH DIFFICULT THINGS THEY’RE GOING THROUGH?
Nick: We’ve only really had a small amount of feedback like that but its still early days for us and I guess that’s quite a personal thing for people to divulge in the loud surrounds of the venue. We play very upbeat happy music though so hopefully we will be able to help people through difficult times. I know for me it’s certainly quite an important part of my life; last year I went through a tough break up and a lot of the release to get through it was in writing sad lyrics about all sorts of things but then ironically each of these songs would be laid behind upbeat happy music so over time my perception of the experience would change as I saw people singing along and jumping up and down smiling to these tracks and I’d have created a new experience. It’s quite a powerful remedy!

MF: WHERE TO NOW FOR YOUR MUSIC AND THE BAND?
Nick: We’ve got a big east coast tour coming up in December and then see what the summer brings; I’ve already moved on from the first EP and am ready to jump in with the second having written most of it but we’ll have to see where this all takes us first.