#AUSMUSICTSHIRTDAY Feature Series – Shannon-Lee Sloane – The Colourful Writer + Good Call Live Manager, Editor & Writer

The Good Call Live Team are coming together in support of Support Act for #ausmusictshirtday!

Shannon-Lee Sloane AKA The Colourful Writer is one part of the management team at Good Call Live. Shannon works in many fields of the music scene in Brisbane and beyond. She is a writer, editor, promoter, publicist, social media manager and more for various music publications, bands and festivals. You can follow Shannon‘s music related work on her Colourful Writer page HERE.

Have a read of what Shannon 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: 

“This year I have chosen to wear/support Something Something Explosion. This is the most recent band shirt I have purchased. I chose it for a few reasons. Firstly, because last time I saw SSE, which was at Halloween Hysteria at The Valley Drive In last month, Grace gave me shivers from head to toe when she delivered her cover of Slipknot’s, Snuff. Not only can she rock a cover, all of SSE’s original music is brilliant. The super cool shirt design was created by artist, Nelson Gibbons, @n.g.art on Instagram, give him a follow!

Something Something Explosion make me feel good whether I am listening to them, seeing them live on stage or just chatting to them as mates. I have dubbed Grace a ‘Goddess Of Punk Rock’ because that’s what she is, faultlessly and gracefully switching from growling punk vocals to crystal clear soft and clean vocals all while mesmerising her audiences. SSE are originally from Toowoomba and have recently moved to Melbourne. They’ve been moving on up in the music world since they entered it and have played a heap of stellar music festivals, such as Dead Of Winter, Halloween Hysteria and UNIFY. They’ve supported a long list of awesome bands such as Frenzal Rhomb, The Bennies, Butterfingers, King Parrot, WAAX, Luca Brasi, Bodyjar, 28 Days, Ocean Grove and more! I could rave on for hours about how good this band is and how many awesome things they have done, but this would turn into quite the essay, so I shall chill and just say; if you have not already heard of Something Something Explosion, do yourself a favour and check them out now. Like right now! Just do it!”


Aus Music T-Shirt Day is a super important initiative in the Australian music industry. Why is it such an important initiative to you? 

“Anything that sees people banding together for a greater good is really important to me. The world is a hard place to exist in for so many reasons, but it’s also really beautiful. Seeing people who have a shared passion for something, in this instance, music, come together and support each other in times of need is so important and so wonderful. Without the support of like minded souls, people can feel very alone and lost. Support Act, triple j and ARIA have done a really special thing with Aus Music T-Shirt Day. Not only does it support local Australian music, bands and artists, but it supports all those involved within the music world at times when they need it most. It is a brilliant initiative and it warms my heart to see how many people rally behind it.”

We know that mental health can slip under the radar in this business. Why is it vital to talk about your mental health? 

“It is so easy to push things down and pretend you’re fine when you’re not. I have found that most people I know who have creative minds suffer the most. Musically minded people are creative and expressive and often use their music to express their emotions. Music has saved a lot of people I know, whether they make it, listen to it or work in the industry in some way. Music is healing. Music is magic. For many of us, music gives us a purpose in life and a reason to keep going.

Having music as a platform to express yourself is really special. Along with that, being able to talk about how you are feeling and knowing you have support from like minded people is vital to enable us to get through the tough times. Everyone I know is suffering from some form of stress, depression, anxiety and the like. Sharing your struggle and opening up to someone you trust and feel comfortable with is so important. Also, sharing your story with others, helps to remind people they are not alone. Often, when you open up to someone, it is met with understanding and nods of agreement as the person you are speaking to also feels those things or similar.

Working in the music industry, whether you are in a band, a live music photographer, a promoter, a journalist, venue manager or whatever it may be, it equals sleepless nights, stress, hard work, commitment, time away from family and loved ones and so much more. It’s a commitment and it’s something you have to dedicate yourself to in a big way to succeed and to enable you to make a living from it. It can result in you feeling very burnt out if you don’t take time out to rest, recoup and rejuvenate. I know this first hand! In saying this, it is also a very rewarding and wonderful industry to work in if it is your passion like it is mine. My music friends and colleagues are like family and I am forever grateful to be a part of the music world.”



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