28 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 • 10 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 25: The real Dixie of Svengali, in memory of Holly Dixon

    Episode 25: The real Dixie of Svengali, in memory of Holly Dixon

    T/w Suicide
    This episode is an interview with Dixie, manager of Jarvis Lane, raising awareness of suicide with Jarvis Lane's charity single cover Baba O'Riley for MIND. Dixie was band manager to Jonathan Owen's 90s band The Pocket Devils, and was the inspiration behind the 2014 cult film Svengali (and 2009 internet episodes), starring Jonny Owen as Dixie, Vicky McClure, Martin Freeman, Carl Barat, Alan McGee, Michael Socha, Matt Berry, Maxine Peake and many more. Prior to lockdown, Dixie's daughter Holly Dixon tragically took her own life and Dixie celebrates her life in this episode, along with tributes to his other family members and friends of Jarvis Lane – Alan Green and Laurence Brown – who also took their own lives.

     

    You can download the Mind charity single or donate through the Just Giving page below:

    Fundraiser single Baba O'Riley, in memory of Holly, Laurence and Alan:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baba-ORiley/dp/B097DFLVR7

    To donate to the Just Giving Page:

    https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jarvis-lanebabaoriley

     

    Jarvis Lane: https://www.jarvislane.co.uk/

    Svengali Music Management:
    https://www.facebook.com/svengalimusicmanagement/

     

    Svengali film (2014) trailer: 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c7wqLzxnI0

    Svengali soundtrack: 
    https://open.spotify.com/album/0Y5GM6gQRuEsygV0zlFN7o

     

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    Support and helplines

    If you're feeling suicidal:
    Call Samaritans free of charge 116 123 in the UK or email jo@samaritans.org

    Visit https://www.nami.org/Home in the US

     

    Cruse Bereavement support:

    https://www.cruse.org.uk/

     

    For more information, helplines and advice in the UK:

    www.mind.org.uk

     

    List of global mental health support and helplines:

    https://unitedgmh.org/mental-health-support

     

     

     

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 24: Hip Hop Orchestra with Georgio Savvides

    Episode 24: Hip Hop Orchestra with Georgio Savvides

    I continue with the hip hop theme in this episode with founder of Hip Hop Orchestra and Keep it Certi Georgio Savvides, who explores his reasons for starting the orchestra and his combination of hip hop with classical music. He's a pianist, composer, producer and music teacher in schools and talks through his methods of working with neurodiversity after his own experiences of learning within school settings.

    You can follow Georgio @GioSavvides and @TheHipHopOrch or georgio@thehho.co.uk

     

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 23: Hip Hop and Mental Health – Hip Hop Psych with Dr Akeem Sule and Dr Becky Inkster

    Episode 23: Hip Hop and Mental Health – Hip Hop Psych with Dr Akeem Sule and Dr Becky Inkster

    In this episode, I'm exploring the effects of hip hop on mental health, with senior Cambridge university hip hop academics Dr Akeem Sule (Psychiatrist, lecturer in medicine) and Dr Becky Inkster (Neuroscientist), who together co-founded Hip Hop Psych.


    Hip Hop Psych


    Website: https://www.hiphoppsych.co.uk/


    Academic papers: https://www.hiphoppsych.co.uk/publications.html


    Community links: https://www.hiphoppsych.co.uk/links.html


    Social media:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/hiphopsych


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HIP-HOP-PSYCH-244036239063749/


    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1u0nmhGUSrYlxENccfPetQ


    Dr Becky Inkster:


    https://www.beckyinkster.com/


    Dr Akeem Sule:


    https://www.cam.ac.uk/people/akeem-sule


    Hashtags: #hiphopandmentalhealth #hiphoppsych #soundaffectspodcast #musicandmentalhealth


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    Mental health support info


    Samaritans: jo@samaritans.org, or call 116 123


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): 1 800 273 8255


    Mind: www.mind.org.uk


    Hearing Voices Network: https://www.hearing-voices.org/


    Addiction support: https://www.talktofrank.com/get-help/find-support-near-you


    Crisis support:


    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/useful-contacts/


    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/


    Find a therapist at:
    https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/


    https://www.bacp.co.uk/


    https://www.bps.org.uk/


    https://www.hcpc-uk.org/





    Further links
    Logic 1-800 at the MTV VMA Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ju6Q8Azcmg


    Key Changes: https://twitter.com/keychangesmusic


    Spoke: https://www.spoke.world/about-1


    Kombat: https://www.beckyinkster.com/lyrical-kombat


    Cambridge Department of Psychiatry: https://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/


    'Hip Hop Saved My Life Podcast' by Romesh Ranganathan: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/hip-hop-saved-my-life-with-romesh-ranganathan/id982388481

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Episode 22: Dispensing Music as Medicine, with Gary Jones (CEO/Founder Medi Music)

    Episode 22: Dispensing Music as Medicine, with Gary Jones (CEO/Founder Medi Music)

    Medi Music:
    https://medimusic.co/service/


    https://twitter.com/MediMusic_


    tellmemore@medimusic.co


     


    Sound Affects Podcast:


    @SoundAffectsPod (Twitter)
    sound_affects_podcast (Insta)


    soundaffectspodcast@gmail.com

    • 27 min
    Episode 21: With Music Industry Counsellor Denise Devenish

    Episode 21: With Music Industry Counsellor Denise Devenish

    Follow Denise Devenish at https://www.instagram.com/denisedevenishcounselling/


    If you're a musician or work in the music industry and are seeking therapy support, you can contact Denise at https://www.denisedevenishcounselling.co.uk/


    Or visit British Association for Performing Arts Medicine: https://www.bapam.org.uk/


    Help Musicians UK:


    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/



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    • 55 min
    Episode 20: Mental, Physical and Vocal Health of Pop Musicians, with Lucy Heyman PhD researcher

    Episode 20: Mental, Physical and Vocal Health of Pop Musicians, with Lucy Heyman PhD researcher

    If you would like to buy a copy of Sound Advice by co-authors Lucy Heyman and Rhian Jones, you can use the discount codes below:
     

    HARDCOVERPROMO (20% off hardbacks), PAPERBACKPROMO (25% off paperbacks) or EBOOKPROMO (15% off e-books).

    You can access the Shopify site through www.soundadvicebook.com by clicking on ‘buy now’. 
     
    Lucy's Elevate Music podcast is as follows: https://podfollow.com/elevate-music-podcast
     
    Her website is: www.lucyheyman.com

    As ever, follow Sound Affects:
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    @SoundAffectsPod on Facebook

    Or email soundaffectspodcast@gmail.com


    You can support Sound Affects Pod by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts, or supporting through ko-fi.com/SoundAffectsPod
     
    Support and links:


    Samaritans: call 116 123 (free and anonymous, 24/7) www.samaritans.org


    BAPAM (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine) https://www.bapam.org.uk/


    Help Musicians UK: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/
     
    Tonic Music for Mental Health: https://www.tonicmusic.co.uk/
     
    Music for Mental Wealth: https://www.musicformentalwealth.com/
     
    Music Support: https://musicsupport.org/
     
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 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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