The Good Call Live Team are coming together in support of Support Act for #ausmusictshirtday!
Natalie Blacklock is one of our valued team members, and the driving force of Good Call Live’s 2019 #ausmusictshirtday campaign – she’s a reviewer, interviewer, schmoozer, party animal, and an all ’round dead set legend and if you haven’t seen her at a gig, then it’s debatable that you’ve even been to a live music show in Brisbane!
Have a read of what Natalie had to say about her choice of band shirt and the importance of talking about and supporting mental health in the music industry:
Remember – YOU can help support the cause too by donating to our Official, Support-Act endorsed fundraising effort HERE
Tell us about your Aus Music T-Shirt:
“My AusMusic T-Shirt of choice this year is one of my oldest Luca Brasi T-Shirts. One of the first times I ever saw these Tassie lads was back in 2013, when they supported Bodyjar at The Hi-Fi (RIP) and from the first moment, I was hooked! Luca Brasi are one of those ‘heart-on-sleeve’ bands, and have earnt themselves a reputation as one of the best Australian acts – but more than that, they’re four of the loveliest humans I have ever met off-stage too. Tyler, Busby, Pat and Danny always make an effort to hang around before / after the show and have a chat, catch up about life and are the first to offer some of the best hugs around!“
“This shirt particularly, is one of my favourites. The ‘Get Sad, See Mates’ mantra emblazoned across it, is the best description of the euphoric, emotional and cathartic experience that one gets from being front row (my usual spot) or for that matter, anywhere, at a Luca Brasi show.“
Aus Music T-Shirt Day is a super important initiative in the Australian music industry. Why is it such an important initiative to you?
“AusMusic T-Shirt Day and the work that Support Act does all year round to back the Australian music industry is super important to me – as it should be to all of us. As a long-standing live music punter, Australian music and the people behind it, act as a gateway to ‘real life’ – to shared experiences, friendships and relationships. Now, that I’m lucky enough to be working in the industry I love, the importance of initiatives like this is definitely not lost on me. The truth is that the music industry is not always as glamourous as many fans believe and sometimes it is easy to forget that the people we idolise on the stage are just like us, and go through the same emotions and life crises we do.”
“It’s often said that musicians (and as a result – other industry workers) ‘suffer for their art’ – late nights, early mornings, time away from loved ones and having most aspects of their lives under the microscope – which cannot be an easy existence for anyone. So without a community backing what they do every single day, in the way initiatives like AusMusic T-Shirt Day and Support Act do, to let them know that they are not alone in their time of need, the industry and the ‘family’ that it represents would cease to exist.“
We know that mental health can slip under the radar in this business. Why is it vital to talk about your mental health?
“In a relatively tight-knit industry like ours, it is so important to speak about your Mental Health because as close as the Australian scene is, for a long time, speaking openly about Mental Health was considered somewhat ‘shameful’ or ‘weak’ – a sentiment which stemmed from people not wanting to burden their mates. Where your ‘job’ is to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone else – musicians and countless other industry workers often put themselves last, pushing their own feelings aside because “the show must go on”.”
“In recent years, the Punk / Hardcore community (particularly in Brisbane) have sadly lost a couple of ‘big’ identities – which hit a lot of people that I care about really hard. In light of these losses, it’s imperative that as a collective we work hard to shine a light on Mental Health, empowering people to feel comfortable to talk openly about their struggles and to seek support where they need it.”
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