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LETS TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND MUSIC

For some, the music industry can bring heights of success and for most musicians the dream is to be out there performing on the big stages in front of the most energetic and enthusiastic crowds. All of which have turned up revved and ready to witness you do your thing in the way you do. For that moment you love it, the hard work has paid off and finally everyone loves you for your performance, your passion. But, in that very same moment, the bright lights may not necessarily reflect the reality of your mental state. It is so important to spread the message that it is ok for musicians to open up and speak about such issues and get the help and support they may need.

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Of course, the music industry is not the only sector where people face mental health issues but, a study from Help Musicians UK found that musicians are three times more likely to experience depression. Recent suicides from musicians such as Chester Bennington and Scott Hutchison magnify the severity of the issue and have led to music industry professionals to open up about their struggles.

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 Olly Alexander (Years & Years) is a great example of the benefit of speaking up and talking about struggles with mental health. He has shed an enormous amount of light on the issue which in turn, caused fans to react by sending positive messages of support and then sharing their own personal stories with him and one another.

Similarly, Newcastle based band Deep.sleep recently released ‘Drive.’ It conveys a very important message about mental health within the music industry.

 “The song has a strong message about mental health within the music industry. With artists dying from the overuse of drugs and fans looking to almost pin the blame on circumstances relating to their career, the problem is that the problem itself starts at home and if you don’t do something about it, it’s going to take over your life, a message that the band want to spread.” – Rebel Rebel Artists

 There is no question that by speaking out about mental health has had an impact as the problem becomes acknowledged and attitudes change. It is simply ok not to be ok, and although there is a long way to go, it is essential that we understand the importance of coming together to ensure that no one feels isolated or alone when struggling with their mental health. Help Musician UK are a fantastic charity dedicated to supporting those in the music industry.

With the highs and lows of performing, financial insecurity and anti-social working hours, we want to help ensure that those who pursue a career in music will not have to do so at the expense of their mental health.

If you do feel you need support then do not hesitate to get in contact. Their latest mental health campaign #MusicMindsMatter launched in 2017 and is the charity's commitment to launch a dedicated support line and service for the UK music industry.

Music Minds Matter 24/7 support line and service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Music Minds Matter is a support line and service for the whole UK music community.- Call 0808 802 8008. Or visit the website if you need someone to turn to, do not suffer in silence.

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/get-advice/health-wellbeing/mental-health/mental-health

 

You Will Not Believe How Good These Solo Acts Are!

Aaron Simmons

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If you are a fan of 50’s and 60’s Soul, Motown, Ska and Reggae classics then Aaron Simmons is the artist for you.  With 5 years of experience you can expect a highly entertaining and professional performance. Aaron’s broad repertoire allows him to tailor his material to your liking and execute those classic tunes effortlessly with his powerful voice and vast vocal range. Aaron is available to book for 2018, whether it’s your birthday party, wedding day, corporate function or any other event you may have planned, get in touch NOW to avoid disappointment.

Listen to Aaron Below now and hear for yourself!

Upcoming Shows- Vauxhall Winter Garden London 07/12/17

Ruth Augilera

 

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Ruth has a stunning voice that will entice crowds at any event. She performs a versatile set full of Soul, Jazz, Disco, RnB, Motown, Chart, Rock, Reggae and Ska. Ruth will bring a top drawer performance, her flawless vocal and enthusiastic energy provide the most memorable nights of music entertainment. Ruth also has a huge song repertoire and can tailor her set to your event’s needs. Let’s get the party started! Ruth is available to book for 2018 NOW! Seriously, do not miss out…

Still Not convinced? Listen Below Book Now!

 

Tom Johnston

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Tom boasts a powerful set full of Pop and Soul from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson through to Jessie J and Ed Sheeran. His extensive vocal range allows Tom to glide through those songs we all wish we could sing. He appeared on ITV’s The Voice (Watch Below) covering an amazing performance of Adele’s Hometown Glory, and if you want this calibre of performance at your event then book NOW for 2018. Tom knows how to pull off a show and you should expect nothing short of an absolutely amazing performance.  

Watch Tom Johnston on The Voice Below!

 

 

 

Have You Heard These Top Function Bands?

This week’s edition of the Raw Step Network blog features some of the most talented function bands available to hire through RSN. Each band offers a truly unique experience and you can expect audiences to be completely wowed by their performances. These guys are all seriously good!

The Neotones

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Stephanie Ticknell Smith - Lead Vocals, Darren Taggart - Guitar & Backing Vocals, Richard Nicholson - Bass & Backing Vocals, Alex Nelson - Drums

The Neotones are a four piece female fronted Pop/Funk/Rock band. Never seen them before? You are missing out majorly. The last time I witnessed their phenomenal performance the night ended with bar staff and Stephanie singing and dancing along the bar. All the while the sound and tightness of the band did not become compromised. They seriously know how to get the night going and you will not stop dancing, singing along and just having the time of your life. The Neotones set consists of both old and new hits (listen below) and each track is performed with energy, enthusiasm and pure professional talent. If you would like to experience The Neotones live then cancel your plans tomorrow night and head to The Huntsman, Rochester 8:45pm. My words cannot do the band justice you have to watch, listen and feel the vibe they create…absolutely mind blowing.

Upcoming Shows

The Huntsman Rochester, FRI 17th NOV 8:45PM

Meltin' Joel

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Gifted, dynamic and passionate about the music they perform, you can expect nothing short of a magnificent live music show from Meltin’ Joel. They are a piano based Rock/Blues/Funk/Soul band and have the talent to tailor their set to your event’s needs. Intense vocals from Peter Smith will ripple through the room captivating you with a sensation of that good vibe feeling we all crave. His vocals are supported by the rest of the band holding together the finest of performances. They have the ability to mix it up and keep you anticipating what is to come. Truly on the edge of your seat stuff, that is until you inevitably are up dancing the night away. Meltin’ Joel perform a very dynamic set full of everyone’s favourite songs. If you catch these guys live, throw in a request! Listen below to a medley performed at Brands Hatch Race Circuit working alongside RSN.

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Dulcie May Moreno

Pure class and dazzling with sass, Dulcie May Moreno’s performance will always deliver the most spectacular Jazz and Soul Nights. She performs as a duo, trio or full band line-up going out as the Interstellar Soul Band. Regardless each performance oozes with sophistication and is performed with an elegance that can effortlessly fill a venue with atmospheric bliss. Dulcie Performs variation of classics from the likes of Marvin Gaye through to Beyoncé and each track is influenced by a smooth soul style that is executed perfectly by a professional band line-up. Dulcie will be performing at The George, Rochester on Saturday 18th November from 8:30PM. Do not miss out on the top quality talent on show.

Upcoming Show

The George Pub, City Way, Rochester  SAT-18th NOV 8:30

Looking To Discover The Hottest New Original Bands?

THE GALLERYS

Guitar- James Wood, Bass- Craig Barden, Drums- Dan Maggs

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For those of you that don’t already know these boys, it is really time for you to start listening. Expect beautifully constructed guitar melodies, intense bass lines, hard-hitting beats and the icing on the cake, rich vocal harmonies. The band is influenced by the likes of The Who, The Jam and Oasis, but, offers a truly refreshing and modern sound. The Gallerys originality has been accomplished by fusing and underpinning other influences of indie and alternative rock, creating a new and unique Britpop sound. The band really comes alive during their energetic and tight live performances oozing with passion and dedication to the stage. Want to experience The Gallerys live? View their upcoming shows below.

NOV 24 – 02 Academy Islington LDN

DEC 15 – Concorde 2 Brighton

DEC 23- Lock 17 & Dingwalls

DEC 29 – Tunbridge Wells Forum

 

WHITE HEAT

Louis Jones, Jack Elliott, Aiden Wallis, Jakob Moore, Sam Jones

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When I witnessed White Heat live I was instantly drawn in and captivated by their performance. Hit with raw and crunchy guitar sections, supported by melodic and meaningful vocals with bold drumming that holds the performances together, I couldn’t take my eyes of the stage. The band’s sound has a real indie alternative rock vibe enhanced by a 90’s influence. What I believe really separates White Heat from the rest is the unique transitions within song sections. I felt the music and with each song I eagerly anticipated where that feeling was going to take me. I highly recommend catching one of their shows to fully grasp the talents of the band. They have that something special.

 

HARRY EVANS

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If you are looking to discover a new Indie Pop artist then look no further. You will be instantly hooked by Harrys cleverly assembled guitar parts that create the mood and scene for something BIG…and it delivers. The guitar parts are supported and built upon by punchy bass lines and solid beats that compliment a catchy sound that really sticks with you. There is an element of funk to the tracks most noticeable in “streetlights” and this pumps the progression forward and takes the sound to another level. All the while this big sound is going on the vocals are striking and add another layer of pure brilliance. You can listen to both EP’s below and you will have to be patient enough to wait until July 2018 for his much anticipated Album.

Upcoming Shows

24 Jan-  Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton

 

If you have an event and would like any of the above bands to perform then contact Raw Step Network now! Thank you!

Blog by Sam Simmons ( The Simmons Brothers Project)