Yungblud aims to use his music as ‘a mutual conversation’ with fans about mental health

'That was a massive turning point'
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Outside of making kickass music, Yungblud had another thing in mind when he started his career. Connecting with people.

Yungblud spoke with Audacy about the roots of his music career and how he aimed to connect with others like him.

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“When I started Yungblud and when I wanted to do music and write the music I write, it was all about connecting people,” he says. “It was always about going, ‘hello is there anybody out there that’s feeling like me? That’s feeling this way?’”

He added: “I literally shouted out ‘is there anybody out there like me?’ With my music. It turned out there was millions of people out there like me. That was a massive turning point.”

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That moment had a profound effect on Yungblud and gave him immense confidence in his music and his ability to be open and connect with my fans.

“I think I was really allowed to express myself completely unfiltered and without censorship when I found my fanbase,” he said. “When I became an artist I had the confidence because it was a mutual conversation.”

He admits he “internalized a lot,” but Yungblud went on to say that the “connection with my fanbase is what makes Yungblud individual and real.”

Yungblud closed with some advice to those who may be dealing with mental health struggles. “Always be 100% yourself,” he said. “If you’re only 60% yourself to appease other people around you, then you’re only going to find people who are 60% right for you. You are brilliant and you are an individual just by existing. There will never be anyone out there like you.”

Audacy'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.

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