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.
Mini Series: Oasis and Mental Health (Part 2) – with Cynthia Liza
Trigger warning: This episode contains references to childhood sexual abuse, racism, self-harm, suicidal ideation, drug use and also contains some details of a traumatic incident involving fire. (See support links below.)
In Part 2 of the Oasis and Mental Health mini series, I interview previous @OasisPodcast guest @Cynthializa, who is a stylist at Selfridges. In her previous interview with James from Oasis Pod (see Oasis Podcast, episode 47), Cynthia credits Oasis for her decision to quit her job as a teacher in Canada to study at the London College of Fashion and pursue her dream of being a stylist.
However, there's another part to that story which she didn't reveal at the time: a harrowing incident which had left her suicidal and dependent on drugs, until a chance conversation with Liam Gallagher backstage at a festival helped set her psychologically free and on a path to recovery.
Frustratingly (for me at least), discussions on Oasis are typically framed around a white, British male focus, and this episode moves away from that entirely. We explore Cynthia's experiences of childhood sexual abuse and racism growing up in a mixed race family, and she explains how Oasis songs helped to soothe her from this in her teenage years. We then look at a traumatic incident that occurred in her early adult life which initially set her off on a destructive path of self-harm, low self-worth, drug abuse and suicidal feelings. Again, she describes how it was the music of Oasis, and in particular Noel Gallagher's resolve, that helped to soothe her in post traumatic stress and eventually overcome her drug dependency. Finally, she describes a chance conversation she had backstage at Roskilde festival with Liam Gallagher, whose words of wisdom in response to her pain helped shift her mindset about her self worth and cemented her decision to move to the UK and turn her life around completely.
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Follow Cynthia: @LizaStyle
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For help and support with any of the issues raised:
The Women and Girls Network (for all women and girls affected by all forms of violence and abuse): https://www.wgn.org.uk/
Survivors UK, for survivors of male sexual abuse https://www.survivorsuk.org/
Support links for burns and scars:
For help with addiction and dependency:
Samaritans: 116 123 or www.samaritans.org
Mini Series: Oasis and Mental Health (Part 1) – with Comedian Rachel Fairburn
I've collaborated with James from Oasis Podcast for a mini series over the next few weeks and months exploring the theme of Oasis and mental health. Why Oasis, why mental health? I have openly expressed my love for Oasis since starting this podcast, and it remains a running theme throughout as I get to grips with exactly what it is about the band that has such an effect on me and millions of others. Meanwhile, I'm a professional psychotherapist and interested in a clearer emotional understanding of we're impacted. Rather than exploring it alone, I collaborated with Oasis Podcast, the official audio guide to Oasis so we can document this properly.
This first episode of the mini series is our interview with Manchester comedian Rachel Fairburn, who explains why Oasis are the reason she's able to do what she does now.
Follow Rachel Fairburn on Twitter @RachelFairburn and her podcast All Killa No Filla @KillNoFillPod
Follow James @OasisPodcast
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We'll be back with much more
Interlude: Music and Fatherhood – Male Mental Health Awareness Week
With Father's Day on Sunday and male mental health awareness week this week, here are some clips of Alan McGee, Bez of Happy Mondays and Mark from Skunk Anansie talking to me about their relationships with their fathers and sons.
Episode 17: Tonic Music for Mental Health (Part 1) – Barry Ashworth from Dub Pistols
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/368598820938472
Barry's Flying Circus Instagram: @barrysflyingcircus
Barry's Flying Circus Twitter @BarrysFlying
Other support mentioned in this episode:
Samaritans: 116 123
My Black Dog: myblackdog.co
HSA, support for survivors of Hillsborough: hsa–us.co.uk
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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 Oxley
For more on James and his projects:
His OCD Chronicles, where he interviews peoples with OCD: www.itstheocdchronicles.com
Indie Heaven, where he tracks down childhood indie heros:
For support with OCD:
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:
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: 0.21
The Doors, Love Me Two Times: 2.33
Nirvana, Polly: 5.55
Morphine, Shame: 8.55
NGHFB, 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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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.
Christmasland album out now
5th Studio album Going the Distance also out now
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