“Writing for me is always about truth, and I didn’t want to tell my truth.”- Taura Stinson
Pick an Artist Quote that Resonates with Your Story
Three ways of Journaling
A) Write down what the artist said that you can relate to and start journaling.
B) Respond to the Journaling Prompt at the end of the interview.
C) Respond to the artist quote that we have chosen for each interview.
Watch Interviews & Journal
“It’s basically me trying to flesh out why I tend to romanticize substance abuse, why I have a tendency to constantly search for that next high.”-Hayden Maltese
“When I’m producing, I forget about this anxiety.” –Matt Sassari
“Depression and anxiety comes with being creative…having those feelings comes with making stuff, taking risks, and putting yourself out there.” – Jane
“Now that I think about it, more and more artists are talking about it. It’s something that we all struggle with.”- Shmitty
“Whatever it is that you can control, it’s the path to get out of that cycle of depression, and for me it was that song.” -Pete Kronowitt
“…when you’re in love with someone…you admire about that being that maybe you feel like you’re not.”
“…they have this perfection, but it’s also about the imperfection of perfection and acceptance in that regard.”
“My Music, the drive has come from not having, or losing.”
“I cried for about two hours during their show.”
“…it allowed me to feel what unconditional love feels like.”
“I just do what’s genuine for me and if it catches with one person, great.” -Kera Armendariz
“…it’s always worth it because of the experiences we gain from it.”
“…I remember being in the shower and falling to the floor, sobbing, crying…”
“…Calling friends up, my brothers, you know, old mentors I looked up to…”
“…using that art as a medicine on you, this is the best medicine ever…”
“It started to build up, and it got to a really dark place.”—Matt
“Mental illness, it is a lot better than it was before, but it’s still very very stigmatized.”
“As a kid, I found that life was really empty…”
“When it comes on, there’s no way to escape it. It’s just like a train that’s just flying at you, and you just freeze…”-Nathanael Wolfe, Co-Founder Zenso
“Many people are afraid to pivot, and it requires living more freely and unafraid, and that’s something that I truly believe in, even though it scares the shit out of me..”-Michelle Fitzgerald
“Forget about your name, forget about who you are and just love me forever, until you die, and die for me, and suffer for me, and that’s what she says in her song….”-Cécile Gúermo of Belle Époque.
“Frustration was a big thing because I wasn’t able to express what I was going through the way I wanted to cause I had never gone anything like that. And I wasn’t talking to people about it.” -Julia Price
“For awhile, my numbing thing was just having very meaningless relationships, flings, men, just in and out of my life…these really crazy…fighting, and emotionally abusive things, and just this addiction to it.” -Julia Price
“The content the people are looking for, especially the majors, is anything with an emphasis on stupidity, sex, violence. That is not my angle. It is harder to sell them on common sense and re-think our society as a whole.”-Ras Kass
“That’s why I wrote the song, so no one else will forget about him.” -Danny Brook.
“I felt that energy force, call it spirit, call it what you will became a big inspiration for my music.” -Samuel J
“You can’t speak it, you can’t project it upon other people, you can’t be like, ‘You should do this, you should change that way.'”-Jesse Amadeus.
“Electronic music really changed my life. It helped me find community, friendship, and family. It showed me a place in the community that will accept you no matter who you are. ” -Britz Robbins
“While I was traveling around the world, and meeting lots of different people who [have] completely different styles, completely different tastes in everything, but there’s a common thread of… how people care about the planet, people care about each other…and see how those cultures or those counter cultures, work together symbiotically, and that’s where the name came from.”-Bosque HrBek
“It’s recognizing that it’s in the loss you find the love and it’s in the love you find the loss.”-Ruby Chase
“I want to help people know that you can do what you want. That’s what my songs are mostly about. I want to teach kids, ‘You can do what you want to do.’ You just have to push yourself to do it. You can get the job, you can enjoy your life. That’s what my music is about.” –Hennessy.
“That’s my love for Vetality, is to not have anybody else not come back to the wire.” –Mike Owen
“Oh no. I was not okay with me, myself, and I. I was escaping me, myself, and I with alcohol, with sex, with chasing affection all the time.” -Josephina Bashout
“That stuff started hitting me. It drove me to create the record with my band.”–Keith Murray
“When you are broken, you have to go out and do something, and that was the healing process.”- Mel Novak
“Most of the world seems so caught up in having that everything, cause once I have everything, then I’ll be okay. That’s the story we believe and it’s not true.” – Bryan Reeves
“My love stories are inevitably the fire behind my self-discovery. They have been the motivation for me to rediscover myself.”- Indy Rishi
“I can take that experience and feel like I was cheated of a father because he was never around – it’s a path that exists. Or I can say, here’s a guy who lived his life and had a profound impact on the people that he interacted with and is now gone of his own decision. Whether the alcohol controlled that, or didn’t control that, whether he had a say, or didn’t have a say, it’s not really my place to say. Those were his choices.”- Peter Harper
“I feel that by abandoning the idea of blame or being a victim you can find out, you can own everything that you are and find out exactly how powerful are you.” -Shrine
“He was such an incredibly nice person. He was my biggest support, and he would text me all the time about what I was doing meant to him. So when he killed himself, I was crushed.” -Donny O’ Malley
“I saw how nature worked. Nature is infinite. Everything is reciprocal. Everything evolves together. Everything cross pollinates. Nothing is stagnant. If you’re stagnant in nature, you die.” -Martin Dunkerton
“The thing that has surprised me most is that we’re surprised that people die or we’re surprised that things end because everything ends.”-Richard Melville
“Thanks to those dreams. I had a sense that he was okay—that something inexplicably beautiful had happened inside him despite the horror of the physical circumstances.” – Mick Lorusso
“The most important rules that I learned with being able to cope with depression is to not see sadness as something negative because when you see it as negative, you fight against it. When you see it as uniquely beautiful…so positive and so poetic, then the sad parts of life are just as important as the happy things.” -Justin Phillips
“But when I got to be that soundtrack for Bella coming into life, in the operating room, and then in the afterlife, from the hospital room, as a daddy, who in that other moment felt useless, I realized, what daddy wouldn’t give his arm to provide that much use for his daughter…”- Tim Ringgold
“…Allow myself to grieve, allow myself to cry, allow myself to call myself ‘stupid,’ and curse a little bit if I have to, but then after that, now I need to forgive. ‘I love myself.’ I found it it is easier to forgive others, even my enemies who betrayed me, than to forgive myself.” -Jessica Wen.
“I was not at peace. I was sad. I was missing my best friend. My aunt and uncle, everyone was gone. You go through a glimpse of ‘Really, God?’ To really wake up and go, ‘I am loving myself, because it’s got to happen that way.’”-Cheri Rae Russell
“How can I fellowship? How can I give my service freely in love?”-DJ Quess Coast
“That state of shock happened for a very long time, even though I knew that this was happening because it was almost like time stood still the day he died and I couldn’t comprehend the days, the weeks, the months were passed.” -Dr. Sarah Neustadter
“Music has kept me from jumping off the cliff. That has been my saving grace throughout my entire love life.”- Che Best
“…I was in bed all the time, I didn’t want to spend time with anybody else. I didn’t want to talk to anybody, my family or my friends. I just wanted to be in my own little bubble for months.” -Jessica Dinh
“When people pass away, they say watch out for the butterflies. For some reason, I had a feeling that one of the butterflies was constantly around.” -Marisabel Bazan
“I poured my pain into my work and I poured my love into my work, cause for me, the most painful thing when a relationship ends abruptly is that what do you do with all that love that you’re still holding? So I poured all that love into a show for Lucent and just poured it in there, and the pain too, it was all there.” -Dream Rockwell.
“First of all, God is love and Love is good… I still do believe in love. I also do believe that in order to experience love, you have to be open. You can’t be closed off. You can’t be afraid. Love takes courage.”
“…he wasn’t coming back. So I just kept digging…” -David Shark
“The first solo show that I wrote was about love’s loss, bad sex and romance stories so I just took the experience of something and the things that were heartbreaking at the time, and tried to find humor in them…” -Paul Case
“I never planned on becoming a poet…If I wasn’t blessed with my story, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” -kweisi gharreau
“I don’t think there was one day I didn’t shed a tear.” -Jelveh Pedraza