19 episodes

Welcome to Sound Affects Podcast – featured in NME's Podcasts for the People series. A music & mental health podcast exploring all crossovers between music and mental health: how music and sounds affect us somatically and psychologically, the songs that see us through, what drives people to music careers/a life on the road, the music industry climate, music therapy as support for mental illness, music fandom, music journalism and research in all these crossovers. I speak to well-known musicians and figures, experts, therapists, academics, researchers, authors, journalists, charities, and music fans. Each episode is an interview with a guest centred around a specific theme of music and mental health.

Sound Affects is produced, edited and hosted by me, Katerina – a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working professionally in both the NHS and private practice. I'm also a freelance sub-editor and writer published in The Independent, The Guardian, The Times and Wellcome Collection. Before becoming a therapist, I was a Samaritan helpline listener supporting people struggling to cope with suicidal feelings, and I worked full time as a copywriter and editor for Samaritans during the time of the charity's male suicide research launch. I've worked in magazine and newspaper publishing for many years and spent a lot of time during this time speaking to musicians and creative people.

The idea for Sound Affects came while writing about and interviewing bands – I noticed a theme emerging around existential identity and just how sad some of the so-called "rock n roll" stories of excess were. I was also aware of just how much music impacts me, and in particular, specific bands and sounds. It is no secret that I'm a huge Oasis fan, and this theme features regularly in this podcast as alongside my interviews, I occasionally pause to reflect and consider what draws me to this music and how it has shaped me. When I trained as a psychotherapist, I drew together all my interests, culminating in this podcast. I often see musicians as clients for therapy, and I routinely appear in the press and radio commenting on various aspects of therapy and emotional health. I've been a guest on BBC Radio, and appeared in OK! Magazine, Psychologies, Stylist, Grazia, The Independent and more.

Sound Affects Podcast: Music & Mental Health, with Katy Georgiou Katerina Georgiou

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    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Welcome to Sound Affects Podcast – featured in NME's Podcasts for the People series. A music & mental health podcast exploring all crossovers between music and mental health: how music and sounds affect us somatically and psychologically, the songs that see us through, what drives people to music careers/a life on the road, the music industry climate, music therapy as support for mental illness, music fandom, music journalism and research in all these crossovers. I speak to well-known musicians and figures, experts, therapists, academics, researchers, authors, journalists, charities, and music fans. Each episode is an interview with a guest centred around a specific theme of music and mental health.

Sound Affects is produced, edited and hosted by me, Katerina – a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working professionally in both the NHS and private practice. I'm also a freelance sub-editor and writer published in The Independent, The Guardian, The Times and Wellcome Collection. Before becoming a therapist, I was a Samaritan helpline listener supporting people struggling to cope with suicidal feelings, and I worked full time as a copywriter and editor for Samaritans during the time of the charity's male suicide research launch. I've worked in magazine and newspaper publishing for many years and spent a lot of time during this time speaking to musicians and creative people.

The idea for Sound Affects came while writing about and interviewing bands – I noticed a theme emerging around existential identity and just how sad some of the so-called "rock n roll" stories of excess were. I was also aware of just how much music impacts me, and in particular, specific bands and sounds. It is no secret that I'm a huge Oasis fan, and this theme features regularly in this podcast as alongside my interviews, I occasionally pause to reflect and consider what draws me to this music and how it has shaped me. When I trained as a psychotherapist, I drew together all my interests, culminating in this podcast. I often see musicians as clients for therapy, and I routinely appear in the press and radio commenting on various aspects of therapy and emotional health. I've been a guest on BBC Radio, and appeared in OK! Magazine, Psychologies, Stylist, Grazia, The Independent and more.

    Episode 17: Barry Ashworth from Dub Pistols and Tonic Music for Mental Health (Part 1)

    Episode 17: Barry Ashworth from Dub Pistols and Tonic Music for Mental Health (Part 1)

    Welcome back to Sound Affects Podcast.
    This episode is split in two parts, exploring the impact of the pandemic on musicians, and the work that Tonic Music for Mental Health are doing to address this.
    Part 1 is an interview with patron of the charity, Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) about his own life, career and previous struggles with drug addiction.
    Part 2 is an interview with Tonic Music for Mental Health's co-ordinator, Jeordie Shenton, a PhD researcher exploring substance misuse among working musicians.
    For more info, visit tonicmusic.co.uk
    Barry's Flying Circus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/368598820938472Barry's Flying Circus Instagram: @barrysflyingcircusBarry's Flying Circus Twitter @BarrysFlyingFacebook: TonicMusicForMentalHealth
    Other support mentioned in this episode:
    Samaritans: 116 123
    CALM: thecalmzone.net
    Mind: mind.org.uk
    My Black Dog: myblackdog.co
    HSA, support for survivors of Hillsborough: hsa–us.co.uk
    Follow Sound Affects Podcast:
    Twitter @SoundAffectsPod
    Contact soundaffectspodcast@gmail.com
    Buy me coffee/donate to Sound Affects at ko-fi.com/SoundAffectsPod

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 16: Music Journalism and OCD, with James McMahon

    Episode 16: Music Journalism and OCD, with James McMahon

    James McMahon was Features Editor of NME in the early 2000s, and the Editor of Kerrang 2011-2017. He now freelances, writing about music, gaming and mental health. 
    We discuss life at NME and Kerrang, the merits of music journalism as an endeavour, the chaotic lifestyle of journalism, what it means to be a music fan, and James's lifelong struggles with OCD which ultimately led him to leave Kerrang and re-evaluate his life.Photo Credit: Tom OxleyFor more on James and his projects:
    Website: https://www.jamesjammcmahon.com/
    His OCD Chronicles, where he interviews peoples with OCD: www.itstheocdchronicles.com
    Indie Heaven, where he tracks down childhood indie heros: https://www.jamesjammcmahon.com/-indie-heaven
    For support with OCD:
    https://ocdaction.org.uk/
    OCD Action helpline: 08453906232
    To find a support group: https://www.ocduk.org/support-groups/
    OCD Stories (stories and podcasts on OCD): https://theocdstories.com/
    To find a therapist trained in working with OCD: https://www.ocduk.org/overcoming-ocd/accessing-ocd-treatment/accessing-ocd-treatment-privately/finding-a-private-therapist/
    More info and advice:Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/about-ocd/
    Mad Covid: https://madcovid.wordpress.com/72-2/
    Order of episode:
    Intro, and explanation of OCD, intrusive thoughts and images: 0.00–19.30
    Rage Against The Machine, Know Your Enemy: 0.21The Doors, Love Me Two Times: 2.33Nirvana, Polly: 5.55Morphine, Shame: 8.55NGHFB, Alone on the Rope: 11.20
    Interview with James: 19.30–1.56.59
    Morphine, Cure for Pain: 1.29.10
    Interview with James ends: 1.56.59
    Sub-Pop Sundays, You Amaze Me: 1.56.60
    Outro, support and contact info: 1.57.56
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    Email soundaffectspodcast@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Episode 15: Jonathan Antoine (Britain's Got Talent)

    Episode 15: Jonathan Antoine (Britain's Got Talent)

    Jonathan Antoine was a finalist in 2012 Britain's Got Talent, and has since gone on to release 5 studio albums and a Christmas album Christmasland out now. 
    https://www.jonathanantoinemusic.com/
    Twitter @jonantoine
    Christmasland album out now
    5th Studio album Going the Distance also out now
    Follow Sound Affects Podcast:
    @SoundAffectsPod (Twitter and Facebook)
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    Email soundaffectspodcast@gmail.com

    • 56 min
    Episode 14: Steve Lamacq

    Episode 14: Steve Lamacq

    Welcome back to Sound Affects podcast, after a long hiatus during which time we've been in a 6-month lockdown/post-lockdown pandemic.
    In this episode, I speak to Steve Lamacq, aka Lammo – BBC radio DJ for BBC 6 Music, former NME journalist and co-host of BBC Radio 1 Evening Session with Jo Whiley, founder of Deceptive Records (Elastica, Placebo, Idelwild), and author of Going Deaf for a Living. He famously interviewed Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers in the early 90s, resulting in one of the most iconic and sobering NME images of all time. I wanted to speak to Steve in more depth about this experience and other complex encounters that he documents in his book.
    IDLES, who we discuss in this episode, will be performing on Steve’s BBC Radio 6 show today, Monday 5th October. If you miss it, you can catch up for 30 days on BBC Sounds: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000n603
    As ever, please leave comments below, reviews on iTunes/Apple Pod, or follow Sound Affects on Twitter/Facebook @SoundAffectsPod and Instagram @sound_affects_podcast. Email soundaffectspodcast@gmail.com. I love hearing from you!
    WARNING: This episode explores self-harm. Please see links below for support and help with self harm/injury:
    https://www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/webchat-support
    https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/
    https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/self-harm/
    https://www.talklife.co/
    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/self-harm/about-self-harm/
    https://www.samaritans.org/https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-worried-about-someone-else/if-someone-you-know-self-harming/?fbclid=IwAR0gxOCPHP76IaBk9xrpmUt_I41M2epBUcZuheGhhMAHSkGrt1X1sVUOO44
     
    Link to Going Deaf for a Living by Steve Lamacq:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Going-Deaf-Living-Steve-Lamacq/dp/1787601277
     
    Thank you for all of your support.

    • 32 min
    Episode 13 (Part 2): Marianne Rizkallah, Vice Chair of British Association for Music Therapy

    Episode 13 (Part 2): Marianne Rizkallah, Vice Chair of British Association for Music Therapy

    In Part 2 of Episode 13 with Marianne Rizkallah, she talks more about music therapy, her role as Director of North London Music Therapy, plus I visit her in her home where I discover she is a member of Crouch End Festival Chorus, through which she toured with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in 2015. This leads us to a discussion about her experiences on that tour, and we explore the transcendental nature of music and how this affects us. Finally, we look at Marianne's work as a singing teacher, and her work with music therapy and autism.
    Follow Marianne and British Association for Music Therapy on Twitter:https://twitter.com/mariannecrMT
    https://twitter.com/musictherapyuk
    For music therapy sessions with Marianne, visit https://www.northlondonmusictherapy.com/
    For more on Guildhall School of Music and Drama, visit https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 13 (Part 1): Marianne Rizkallah, Vice Chair British Association for Music Therapy

    Episode 13 (Part 1): Marianne Rizkallah, Vice Chair British Association for Music Therapy

    In Part 1 of episode 13, I speak to music therapist Marianne Rizkallah about her role as vice chair of BAMT,  her work with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her journey into music therapy and how music therapy works, particularly with refugees and survivors of trafficking, war conflict and other traumatic and sexual abuse. She gives me a sample music therapy session to exemplify how it works, and discusses her various other roles as a choir member and cantor, exploring links between her own therapy and psychoanalysis with confession.
    Follow Marianne and British Association for Music Therapy on Twitter:https://twitter.com/mariannecrMT
    https://twitter.com/musictherapyuk
    For music therapy sessions with Marianne, visit https://www.northlondonmusictherapy.com/
    For more on Guildhall School of Music and Drama, visit https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/
     

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Our Kid Liam G ,

Great host, great guests, great podcast

This is a wonderful podcast - Katy is a professional counsellor and you can hear that in her excellent interview technique; she asks really insightful questions and actually listens to the answers! Rare for a podcaster!

My favourites were Alan McGee and the Oasis Podcast guy... what a pair of legends

mariannecj ,

In-depth chat on my two favourite subjects

This podcast is super interesting, doing a deep dive on all aspects of music and mental health. Because it's run by a psychotherapist the chat is really in-depth and talks around each subject in a way that fascinated me. I love that such big names in the music industry feature alongside psychotherapy experts. Loved it - would highly recommend.

katandmoose ,

Welcome!

Welcome to Sound Affects, a music and mental health podcast created by me, Katerina, a qualified therapist and former music writer. The first episode is with ex-guitarist of The Cooper Temple Clause, Tom Bellamy, about the day he woke up with tinnitus so severe that he fell into deep, ongoing depression. In my second episode, I speak to lead guitarist of The Band Delta, whose dream of becoming a rock n roll star got dashed when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 36, just two weeks after getting a record deal. In my third and fourth episodes, I visit a high-security in-patient psychiatric hospital to learn how music therapy can help people with severe psychosis. I also chat with Adam Ficek of Babyshambles, Creation Records founder Alan McGee, The Music Industry Therapist Collective and more. Throughout, I investigate the power of music, the psychology of being in a band or creating a living as an artist, and the culture and impact of the music industry on the people within it. Episodes contain a mix of personal stories, professional and expert opinion and science, news updates, support and advice all focused on music, music psychology and mental health. All the episodes are sensitive to mental health issues and I provide links and helpline numbers with every episode. My aim is to bring issues out into the open in a warm, respectful way while giving insight into this fascinating area. I really hope you'll join me on this exploratory journey.

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