Young blues and roots talent Morgan Bain is proving that age is but merely number. Citing Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper as his influences, Bain is on the fast track to folk success, with a debut EP Another Day and a 2011 WAM Song of the Year award for his song Unkind already under his belt.

Music Feedback was lucky enough to speak to him on the eve of his EP launch at Indi Bar about his experiences as an artist and his views on mental health.

MF: Music Feedback: How would you describe your music in three words?
Blues. Roots. Indie.

MF: When did you start playing music and what inspired you?
I first started with guitar when I was 8 and I’ve been singing since I was 3, so yeah, it was a long time ago. I guess I was inspired by an older family member, my cousin was in a band but I’ve always really felt a connection with music.

MF: Do you come from a musical family then?
Not really – Nan used to sing opera and my cousin in the band, but otherwise not at all.

MF: What role do you think music plays in shaping views and attitudes towards mental health?
For me, I think music is an outlet for your emotions. If I’m upset, it will bring me up, I feel like I can let it out through song. I think listening to music and taking time out is very important in taking care of your own mental health.

MF: Is there a particular song that cheers you up whenever you hear it?
There’s not really a particular song, just something happy. I don’t necessarily have a favourite song, but I really like Time to Smile by Xavier Rudd. It’s just such a happy song.

MF: Do you feel that artists as people of influence have a responsibility to raise awareness around mental health?
I don’t necessarily think that artists don’t have the responsibility, but they have the potential to do something about it. Not all artists do, but you see artists like John Butler who promote social issues such as giving back to people. Artists have the ability to raise awareness around social issues because they have followers who listen to what they say – but then they also need to be careful about what they say. Who knows, they might accidentally end up creating their own cult or something!

MF: Have you had fans tell you that your music has helped them with their mental health?
I have heard from a few people that my music makes them happy, which is great even though the lyrics of music can be quite serious. Even if people can just relate to my music, that’s really important because it makes them feel like they’re not alone, that someone else has gone through what they’re going through.

MF: What do you want people who listen to your music to get out of it?
The main thing I want is them to relate to my music first, then relate to the lyrics within the music. I also want people to be inspired to make music themselves and see that there are no boundaries to making music – I’ve been writing songs since I was 10, and I especially want people to see that age is no barrier.

MF: Where to now for your music?
Gigging as much as possible, lots of gigs. I’m also going to start recording again for my next EP, and I would love to do a South-West Tour. I’m also planning to tour next year around Oz.

Watch this space.