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Melbourne Rapper Boler Mani Talks 'Miss Anxiety,' Creating Bangers, His Mental Health Journey + More
In January 2019, Loughlin sat down with Melbourne rapper Boler Mani after the release of his breakout hit Miss Anxiety. The track went global, featuring in the soundtrack to the ABC TV soap The Heights in 2020 — also broadcast in the UK — along with other tracks from the producer.
Listen for the stories behind Boler’s four biggest tracks, how he overcame his past on his mental health journey, and the four tips Boler has to keep physically and mentally healthy that work for him when he’s “in a slump.”
In the interview, Boler talks:
Opening up about mental health by “turning a negative emotion into a banger” (01:21)
The process behind creating his hit track (02:03)
What he hopes listeners can get out of the track (02:41)
How he started out making music (02:59)
Balancing his fledging career with high school and winding down with music (03:30)
Taking adversity and “putting it into the past” in Miss Anxiety (04:15)
“Powerhousing through” problems but wanting to reach out (05:19)
Big career milestones after “starting at basically nothing” (06:33)
How his track Dam I Got a Cold became a radio hit (07:05)
The unlikely story behind how Madness came to be (07:31)
Rushing to record Coffee Break during a lunch break (08:01)
Whose influence he “wore on his sleeve” in Super (09:10)
Being “transported to a different world” while performing live (09:45)
Future plans and where he’s taking his music career next (10:44)
Wellness tips to stay healthy and get out of a slump (11:11)
You can stream or buy Boler Mani’s tracks wherever you get your music, including his new release ‘Unsatiated’ out on the 17th of February. Find Boler on Instagram @bolermani.
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LOUGHLIN PATRICK: I'm Loughlin and you're listening to Minds in Tune, and today I’m here with...
BOLER MANI: Boler Mani.
LP: How would you describe yourself, Boler?
BM: I'd say I’m a pretty relaxed, happy person who's just here to- Just here to party, just here to dance, just here to have some fun.
LP: Pretty chill, yeah?
LP: You've got a new song out at the moment, though, that I guess some people wouldn't describe as... as chill, called ‘Miss Anxiety.’ It's got a bit of a focus on mental health. How did it feel to kind of write about, you know, mental health and make a song about mental health?
BM: It's definitely a good way for myself to help cope with, you know, certain emotions that I would be feeling. Yeah, I don't know. Like turning like a negative emotion into a banger seems like my, personally, best way to cope with it. Especially because obviously I love making music, and getting my thoughts onto paper really helps with that as well. Yeah, just like, vibing out to something that you generally perceive as negative is kind of what I go for.
LP: Yeah. What made you think that this was the song where you were going to talk about mental health, though?
View the rest of the transcript at mindsintune.org/#bmtranscript.
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The first series of Minds in Tune ran weekly on national radio for 14 episodes in 2019. These episodes are currently unavailable on podcasting platforms due to music licensing restrictions, but they will return in the future. It’s a show that dives into mental health and music, features conversations with some of the biggest mental health experts and rising musical stars, and showcases some of the best tracks of the moment.
Series One of Minds in Tune featured interviews with former national mental health commissioner and CEO Nicole Gibson, lead clinical advisor at Beyondblue Dr Grant Blashki, and social media powerhouse and entrepreneur Jade Darmawangsa. We also spoke to some of the talented artists behind the best tracks you haven’t heard yet, including Boler Mani, Leea Nanos, Jason Damot and more!
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