Adam, Amber and Nass of OK Button
Tell us why you are supporting MHF Live
We all have experience living with mental illness whether direct or indirect, and we understand music as a necessity for catharsis, support and healing.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
- Nass - My Dad had a music shop while I was growing up. My earliest musical memory is people playing guitar above my head while I would sleep as a baby in the basement.
- Adam - Sitting on my mum's knee at the piano and her pushing the keys with my fingers. I was 19.
- Amber -My Mum playing The Beatles when I was 4 or 5.
What does music do for your mental health?
- Amber - Listening to music is escapism and therapy for me. Writing music is also therapy and catharsis, it's my way of exorcising pain and attepting to get something good out of it.
- Nass - Everything! It can do anything from relax me, to motivate me, to cheering me up or helps me overcome sadness.
- Adam - I find playing music - especially with others - has a profoundly meditative and joyful quality. I think intense periods of doing anything you can to the best of your ability makes you feel good.
Who is the musician who has most inspired you?
- Adam - Joni Mitchell
- Amber - Bjork
- Nass - Justin Vernon
What makes you happy?
- Adam - Joni Mitchell
- Amber - Dogs
- Nass - Coffee
What’s the best sound in the world? And the worst?
- Adam - Best: The Shipping Forecast. Worst: The theme tune to The Archers.
- Amber - Best: Sufjan Stevens. Worst: The theme tune to Eastenders.
- Nass - Best: New York jazz. Worst: Beeping appliances.
What song is in your head just now?
- Adam - Our next single, Flesh & Blood (out 18th Jan), but only because Nass is editing it next to my head.
- Nass - Midnight - Carrol Street by Into It. Over It.
- Amber - Sunlit Juice by Henry Jamison.
Please tell us about (and share) a piece of music that has had an impact on your mental health.
- Adam - Joni Mitchell - Free Man in Paris. It transports me back to a very happy time when I was just starting out as a musician.
- Amber - Bon Iver, For Emma - forever ago. The whole album from start to finish got to my core through its haunting beauty. It lifted me out of a really dark place.
- Nass - Kaki King - Can Anyone Who Has Heard This Music Really Be A Bad Person? The way it builds moves me in an almost spiritual way, it gives me goosebumps.
Find out more about OK Button.
MHF Live is the Mental Health Foundation's new music fundraising initiative that aims to raise awareness, raise money and raise the roof for mental health.