The Good Call Live Team are coming together in support of Support Act for #ausmusictshirtday … and we’re not doing it without a little help from our friends!
No stranger to putting her name towards a worthwhile cause, Sam Wolstenholme is a solo artist in her own right, a vocal coach, as well as the powerhouse frontwoman of Brisbane’s epic melodic metal group Seraphic.
Seraphic are set to hit the Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage to battle it out at Wacken Metal Battle Australia against some other local metal scene acts, all vying for a spot on the Wacken Open Air 2020 lineup! Get on down and show your support!
Have a read of what the wonderful Sam 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 Aus Music T-shirt is one of Osaka Punch’s official shirts! It’s my most recent band shirt purchase – I nabbed it at the last gig they played at The Zoo earlier this month. Osaka Punch have been one of my favourite Australian heavy bands for years now – I fell in love with their funky fresh sound when I heard their track ‘Eat Red Carpet’ from their first album way back when, and honestly, they just keep getting better! Definitely a real fangirl here!”
Aus Music T-Shirt Day is a super important initiative in the Australian music industry. Why is it such an important initiative to you?
“For me, the importance of this initiative cannot be overstated. It achieves a dual purpose of raising further awareness of the pervading mental health issues that continue to plague so many practicing musicians, as well as promoting local talent. Both of those things are incredibly valuable to the long-term success and growth of the Australian music industry. Yet in practice, they can be so difficult to achieve considering the stigma surrounding mental health, especially when you think of the “tortured artist” stereotype. There are also the structural issues within the music industry that artists are currently facing – as it becomes more and more challenging to sustain a career and lifestyle as a full-time musician, this in turn impacts even more on musicians’ mental health, and so the vicious cycle goes on. That’s why we need to promote initiatives like this – to draw attention to these widespread issues and change the discourse around them so we can work together and support each other as fellow musicians and artists to find a better solution for everyone.”
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 vital to talk about mental health, simply because if you suffer in silence, you are depriving yourself of the opportunity for a solid support network of people who can help you fight through the pain and struggle. No one can or should fight their battles alone. If you don’t speak up and ask for help, then no one is going to know you need help. So many musicians go through the same struggles with their mental health, so you’re never going to be alone in what you’re experiencing – there will always be someone out there who understands and can empathise. All you need to do is reach out, and the amazing thing about the music scene in Australia is that it’s so supportive, we’re such a big family, so if you just reach out, someone will be there to listen.“
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