The Good Call Live Team are coming together in support of Support Act for #ausmusictshirtday … and we are doing it with a little help from our friends!
Elizabeth Sharpe, AKA Ummagummamumma is the other half of our management team here at Good Call Live. Anyone who knows Liz, knows that she is one of the most hard working live music photographers around. Liz has photographed a long list of amazing bands and artists including The Butterfly Effect, Alice In Chains, Cog, Pagan, Halestorm, Sum 41, Twelve Foot Ninja, Apocalyptica, Clare Bowditch, The Dandy Warhols, FEVER 333, Phil Collins, Jimmy Barnes and so many more! As well as a whole lot of brilliant local bands AND a huge stack of music festivals including Dead Of Winter, Halloween Hysteria, Download, Big Pineapple, Mojo Burning, Scene & Heard and more! Liz shoots for various music websites, publications and festivals including Good Call Live, Silver Tiger Media, Dead Of Winter Festival and more. She is also a writer and editor and avid supporter of the music scene here in Brisbane and beyond.
Have a read of what Liz 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:
“Hammers… these guys blew me away one year when I saw them for the first time, opening for COG at The Tivoli. I bought this shirt not long after and I’ve photographed them a fair bit since that first time. We’re all really good mates now, I love them all to death, and despite their hard af musical output, they’re all the sweetest, most genuine blokes and would seriously give you the shirts off their backs. They support other people in the scene and give credit where it’s due and really optimize the vibe I want to be putting out on Aus Music T-Shirt Day. My son Angus is wearing Baltimore Gun Club, and my daughter is wearing RHINO… because if I can’t use my kids to sneak in an extra two shirts, then what good are they??”
Aus Music T-Shirt Day is a super important initiative in the Australian music industry. Why is it such an important initiative to you?
“I’m one of the statistics, I’m not proud of it, I wish I wasn’t. But I have come to realise that there is a strength that is drawn from not wasting energy trying to disguise the fact, and not adding my own layer to something that already has a huge stigma attached.”
“Music is honestly something that I have found to be the absolute constant in my life – It’s always there, there’s always something new to discover, it has the power to transport you, to revitalise you, to give you motivation, to remind you that you are not alone. And the music community is surely one of the strongest, most loving and supportive communities that there is and I’m so honoured to be a part of it. We are built of creative minds, naturally some of us feel so incredibly deeply, overthink, get trapped with our thoughts, not to mention try to sustain ourselves in an underappreciated industry where, lets face it, the pay is generally nil to crap.”
“This day is incredibly important to me – I see every day as a chance to give back to the industry that has helped me through my toughest times and supported my mental health for so long; and I see AusMusic T-Shirt Day as the chance to really scream about it and get some other people on board too.”
We know that mental health can slip under the radar in this business. Why is it vital to talk about your mental health?
“Talking about it, sharing experiences, vocalising your thoughts around this subject, how you are feeling, how your mates are feeling, and keeping the conversation completely open, no judgement or pressure, is the only way to reduce the stigma… hopefully one day to the point of complete eradication, to the point where absolutely everyone feels safe and not alone.”
If you haven’t seen Hammers live… it must be known… it’s not just a gig, it’s an EXPERIENCE. There’s nothing quite like it and each performance is a unique spectacle – come along on November 30th to their Cracker Night Single Launch show at Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage for hangs with the Good Call Live crew to see just what we mean!
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