Music Artists Unite To Fight Addiction
If you’ve been following our blog then you’re probably aware of MusiCares, a unique charity created by the recording industry to help give back. This month, they are turning their focus to addiction and the drug and alcohol issues that have plagued artists for decades. Calling out tragic deaths like Prince, Amy Winehouse and more recently, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, the org is uniting well known names to help open dialogues with their peers.
In a recent Forbes article, notable MusiCares reps DJ Steve Aoki, Travis Barker and Anthony Green spoke out about why this message needs to be amplified.
“What can the industry do to help musicians struggling with addiction?” Aoki explained. “I learned it’s a dialog and conversation about addiction and all the incessant drug and alcohol consumption in our world. Being so close to so many of these artists, I’ve hear them talk about sobriety and dealing with it and how it’s an ongoing struggle. That conversation needs to be had. This conversation doesn’t have to be this sit-down, lecturing spiel, because I think that’s why people avoid that, they don’t want to be lectured. I think a lot of the time it’s an issue of shame. But that conversation needs to be had even more, so the dialog is the key to finally pulling the skeletons out of the closet, dealing with the issues.”
Former Blink 182 drummer, Barker, echoed that statement, opening up about his own personal struggles.
“Sobriety saved my life,” he added. “My only my regret is it didn’t happen sooner. It was sad that it took a plane crash and almost dying to finally sober up. My second chance at life and my kids was enough to never touch drugs again. Being present and sober is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. Music is my drug.”
One very public way that these artists are helping to spread the word is with a special Hollywood Bowl concert on October 27. It will be held specifically to honor the memory of Bennington, highlighting the importance of seeking out help for addiction and depression. As we previously mentioned, Bennington took his own life earlier in the summer after continued battles with drug and alcohol abuse.
Green also chimed in on this very important issue, explaining tactics his bandmates initiate to help encourage positive thoughts.
“In music and touring, the isolation and loneliness is a big thing,” he said. “Everybody from our tour manager to our working manager, we’re all very close. And every day we do this thing as a group on tour, and this kind of started out from the therapy that I learned when I first got sober, we do a group check in. Everybody says their name and then you say what’s going on with you that day, just how you are.”
We were definitely impressed with the movement these artists are pushing forward. And if you have the time and available funds, the Chester Bennington tribute could be a great way to show support.