The Good Call Live Team are coming together in support of Support Act for #ausmusictshirtday
Emily Hollitt is a writer on our Good Call Live team + you can also check out her musical project / alter-ego Malina Claire …
Remember – YOU can help support the cause too by donating to our Official, Support-Act endorsed fundraising effort HERE
Have a read of what Emily had to say about her choice of band shirt and the importance of talking about and supporting mental health in the music industry:
Tell us about your Aus Music T-Shirt:
“I am wearing my Tesla Coils shirt (but also one of my favourite shirts in the world) that I bought in support of my dear friend (and also one of my favourite people in the world) Jed Wolters at the band’s ‘Dinosynth’ single launch! My boyfriend, Zak, has his Opus of the Machine shirt on (in support of our good pal Trevor!) which he bought alongside his Stray Fire EP Pre-Order. Both guys we were lucky enough to go to university with as well as watch them grow and develop as artists as well as being part of 2 of the most enigmatic live performance acts I have ever seen play in the local scene.”
Aus Music T-Shirt Day is a super important initiative in the Australian music industry. Why is it such an important initiative to you?
“Aus Music T-shirt Day is a super important initiative to me for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, from an artists standpoint (outside of writing for publications such as GC Live I manage myself under the artist name Malina Claire), it is hard to be an emerging artist, but uniquely hard in Australia. Lock-Out laws and venue closures for starters have made it even more difficult to become established. But even with all the venues in the world, becoming an emerging artist is not only incredibly financially draining but incredibly emotionally draining. Music is a completely unique set of art where everything you produce is 100% you- your thoughts, stories, ideas, emotions and hours upon hours of your time put to create something that means so much to you that can be disheartening when you’re playing to a small room or to people who aren’t ready to listen. Aus music shirt day counteracts that by creating a day where people are invited to proudly wear and celebrate their favourite artists roughing it out through the brutality of the Australian music industry.”
“Being a woman in music is increasingly difficult as well. Australian music is diverse and getting more and more diverse everyday, but still is inherently run by a ‘boys club’ – indie rock bands following in the footsteps of the Dune Rats copycats (and no shade on the Dunies, you will see me going OFF in a crowd at their set) becoming the stock standard of all Aussie shows and festivals. Although it creates a great vibe during shows, it also inadvertently creates a seemingly disclusive environment for those who want to enjoy music but don’t feel as though they fit in with that culture. I think we are moving forward and away from notion and narrative, particularly with ladies like Camp Cope, Stella Donnelly and WAAX using their platform to create songs and albums which loudly and proudly voice these issues to greater audiences. But it can be an even harder grind as an artist or crowd-goer of other genders and identities who don’t not fit in to this primary Aus music archetype. I think Aus Music shirt day gives us the chance to celebrate those at the top equally alongside those fighting for their voices in the industry loudly and proudly and bring some of these issues to the limelight and their impact on the mental health of the artists, audience members, journalists, publicists, managers and everybody else in between who have been affected by these emotionally exhausting barriers.”
We know that mental health can slip under the radar in this business. Why is it vital to talk about your mental health?
“I live out every day with the after effects of an incredibly abusive relationship which left me with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I experience the occasional flash back to times of abuse, an intense wave of fear and anxiety if I visit a place where something bad at happened to me, increased anger and aggression in scenarios where I feel I may be belittled in some way and many other every day things. It also enabled periods of suicidal ideation and similarly scary headspaces. The one thing that helped me firstly get out of the relationship was talking about it as often as I could, and the more I spoke the more people came back to me sharing their own stories and experiences.”
“Although it was disheartening to learn how scarily common the domestic violence epidemic is, it was comforting in making me feel less isolated and alone in this incredible isolating and lonely point in my life and point me in the right direction towards the services who were invested in helping me. I had made a promise to myself after learning the power of sharing my stories and experiences. I don’t know where I would be now if I hadn’t learnt to voice my emotions whenever I needed. Mental health is such a huge thing that each and every once of us are likely to struggle with or brush shoulders with in one point in our life- but it is never something you are alone in and you are never feeling something somebody else hasn’t felt before, has overcome or can help you find the right services to help you through. Words and stories I believe are the most powerful tool in creating a happier and mentally healthier Australia.”
We love having Emily as part of our Good Call Live family! She’s dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable… and she’s also a bit of a star…
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