Episode #06 - Brook Baili
Season 1, Ep. 6
Brook Baili is a super-talented singer and songwriter, based in London. She attended the world-famous Brit school (the same institution that formed talents like Adele and Loyle Carner) and worked with an extensive list of UK grime artists and producers such as The Arcade (Iggy Azaelia, Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar) and Luke Reid (Drake, Tinie Tempah). Brook’s music is a blend of pop and R&B, coupled with powerful storytelling and a very distinctive sound. Although her songs are positive, empowering and healing, Brook had to overcome personal challenges tragedy at a very young age. She tragically lost her sister to cancer just 5 days before turning sixteen. Overwhelmed with grief Brook turned to her music, using it as her therapy and finding solace. BROOK: I don’t think that trauma can ever vanish. It’s always gonna be there in some ways. But once you’ve learnt your triggers and how to manage yourself when you’re feeling a bit stressed out, I think it’s fine. For me, my main thing is to take responsibility for my feelings and to make sure that I’m not reacting because of something that I’m not dealing with. I don’t ever want to project my issues onto other people. So I’m always doing the groundwork. Always. Even when I’m feeling good. You just need to make sure you’re always doing it. When it becomes a problem, it is when you don't deal with things step by step.
Episode #05 - KdotMelody
Season 1, Ep. 5
KdotMelody is a songwriter and rapper from North London. With his clever, poetic and often hard-hitting lyrics, he wants to challenge his listeners to reflect. In the past couple of years he released two successful albums, Spectrum and Late shft, and played concerts in the UK and America.I started making music a long time ago. I think it was my 16th birthday when my parents got me a really small studio setup. And it was at a crazy time in London when a lot of people were getting in lots of trouble or getting hurt. They were seeing that I was having interest, but thanks to mum and dad it really worked out. (...) I wasn’t even aware of the fact that it was keeping me away from anything else, I just knew it was something really cool to do.
Episode #04 - Lemzi
Season 1, Ep. 4
Lemzi is a hip-hop artist from East London who abandoned plans to become a lawyer to focus on making meaningful music. Apart from writing positive, soothing and motivating songs, he also comments on social problems in his community, like knife crime. His music has been featured on Sky News, BBC One, London Live and many British radio stations.Musical therapy is a real thing! It’s actually something that I was looking into where I’ve gone through bouts of, if it’s not depression, then it’s deep repression. (...) Typically finding and discovering new music that I actually enjoy is a huge factor of taking me out of that zone. When I get to the point that I discover something new that really resonates, I start feeling better. I’m pretty sure that everyone in this day and age has a playlist (...). If everyone sat down and said - what is it all about these songs that actually makes me feel good? - there would definitely be a common component within all the songs. I don’t know what it is, because it’s different for everyone, but once you know what that is, then you will be like ‘oh I’ve got this! I should be feeling good all the time!’. Music is always there as a tool (...), it can always adapt our frequency. Because everything about the sound is about vibrations. So if you’re vibrating on a lower frequency, music can take you out of it.
Episode #03 - Shocka
Season 1, Ep. 3
Shocka has already seen a huge success in music. A few years ago he was playing with famous artists like Skepta, and touring the country with his rap trio Marvell. Then he had it all taken away and that led him to a breakdown and mental health hospital. After a long recovery, Shocka came back to music and released a very honest and positive song called “Self Love”. The song has been viewed by millions and shared on social media by many artists, including Snoop Dogg. Now he’s with us to share his story of "the rise, the fall and the come back".WhenIwas in hospital,Icould have ended it all.Ishouldn’tbeheretoday.Iknow whatIwent through, going through hospital three times.Isaw so many traumatic things thatIshould not behere. But,Ithought, ifI’m going to stayhere, it’s so important that people see that. Because they may want to end it and they could see me and say: oh look what he’s achieved by stayinghereand sticking it out, maybeIshould continue?
Episode #02 - Amelia Poamz
Season 1, Ep. 2
Amelia is a spoken word artist and singer from East London. A few years ago she reached the lowest point in her life, but thanks to her creativity she found a way to deal with problems.Up until that moment of my life, situations didn't just happen to me but they owned me. Every negative thing that happened to me was like a piece of baggage that I had to carry around, that I had to be ashamed of or couldn't speak about. Now I'm taking ownership on it and I'm going to turn it into something productive and positive. And I'm also going to air it out and let people know that's it's ok to speak about this things, it's ok to be vulnerable sometimes, it's ok to be upset. If we spoke about this more, we would have a healthier culture dealing with mental health issues.
Episode #01 - Tray Avlon
Season 1, Ep. 1
This is the first pilot episode of Music Is My Medicine podcast. Ella is interviewing Tray Avlon - an incredibly talented hip hop artist from East London, whose personal and deep lyrics challenge male stereotypes and inspire open conversation about human emotions.