Battling the Stress of the Music Industry

Quite Great Music PR care about the musicians they work with. Not only in terms of how successful we can make them, but in terms of their health as an artist too.

The glitz and glamour of being a musician or in a band is undoubtedly very appealing. It’s the kind of thing we deem realistic when we’re young; we’ll grow up and be an amazing singer and play lots of shows and have lots of money and famous friends. However, the reality of these dreams quickly fades away as we get older. Yes, this is most likely because as we get older, we get wiser and we understand that the chances of actually being famous are infinitely slim, but one thing that we don’t realise is how hard the lifestyle really is for professional musicians.

Most of the time, we probably only know half of the story of the musicians we love. We can do as much fan-boying and online stalking as we like, but we’re never going to be able to truly get inside the minds of our idols.

Think about Kurt Cobain for example, one of the most iconically troubled musicians of the 20th Century. It was well known that he despised the limelight that Nirvana’s music had brought him and so the public knew him as a distressed figure, but this merely scratched the surface; without having read a biography on him or having been a close friend, there is no way anyone could have understood the severity of Kurt’s mental health. As you will likely know, the story culminated in Kurt’s suicide at the untimely age of just 27 and many others in music history have followed a similar path, hence the phenomenon of the infamous ’27 club’.

Sometimes musicians can’t even do what they do best because their self-esteem has plummeted so drastically. Evidently, the façade of the musician’s lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and the ‘sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll’ image is one that is all too easy to fall for. Unfortunately, it seems to come part-and-parcel with a musician’s way of life and so often, artists have been sucked into the downward spiral of false glamour. On one hand, this is understandable; you can imagine an artist asking themselves How is my music benefiting the world?’, but we think we can all think of an occasion that our favourite artist’s songs have helped us through a tough time; their art is by no means worthless.

Despite this, it is fairly well accepted that the artists with the tough-life stories and broken pasts are often some of the best songwriters, partly because they have the inspirational, yet scarring experiences to draw their material from. However, whilst some artists find the actual writing process cathartic, like a form of release, it doesn’t necessarily mean all their problems are instantly solved; there are always things submerged beneath the surface that trouble the musicians we love.

From a critical perspective, the real issue here is that the topic has not been addressed properly in the past, especially considering the track record of musicians over the years. We need to move away from the stigma that prevents people from reaching out for help when they need it and this doesn’t just apply to music.

As a music PR company, we spend many hours discussing all aspects of artists background when we are getting to know how their music links in with their lives and often we have found that music is inspired by tragedy, hardship, break ups and this is simply the starting point for other issues that take place in their day to day lives, and many therefore need appropriate guidance and help that only an experienced company can offer.

Get in contact with us today — we’d love to speak with you & let’s see how we can help you.



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