Leading up to RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening broadcast on Wednesday, September 23, we’re giving you a preview of conversations with artists and professionals on the topic of mental health.
Despite the current pause, musicians hitting the road for a concert tour face an arduous task. Shifting cities almost daily, numerous obligations, and unchartered territory. It can certainly take a physical toll on an artist as well as a mental one.
For Brad Shultz from Cage the Elephant, it was important to establish a healthy environment to help navigate all the uncertainties.
On their most recent trek, Cage the Elephant was touring behind their emotional record Social Cues that was born out of the loss of several individuals that were close to the band.
“It was all very much a learning experience for us the entire time as I think that sort of thing is. You’re taking things as they come,” Shultz told RADIO.COM. “When you’re dealing with loss and that sort of thing, it is uncharted territory in some respects.”
As a result, the band opted to surround themselves with an environment they felt comfortable in on the road. “There were a lot of things we changed on the road to create a more healthy environment for our band.” Shultz said.
Creating a healthy road environment wasn’t the only outlet the band took when it came to taking care of their mental health. “Writing music and using music as a therapeutic avenue was very big for us,” Shultz said.
Songs the band previously recorded that weren’t about death or the loss of someone close to you took on new meaning to the group. “Songs that we had written previously that not necessarily dealt with the loss of some of the friends we had pass away after we recorded those songs, they kind of reshaped and took new form to us,” he said.
RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.