Lucinda of Brighton-based band Cultdreams (formerly Kamikaze Girls) speaks to MHF Live about music and mental health.

Tell us why you are supporting MHF Live...

I'm supporting MHF live because our band has always spoken out about our personal struggles and issues with mental health as well as challenging the taboos of talking about it and promoting mental wellbeing through music. I struggle with depression, anxiety and PTSD day to day, and music gives me a creative outlet to explore my issues, and turn them into something more positive. 

What’s your earliest musical memory?

Probably my mum’s friend (an antique dealer) bringing round an old rickety out-of-tune piano when I was four years old, and me thinking it was the coolest thing in the world. 

What does music do for your mental health?

I guess I already answered that, but to stress it again it gives me an outlet to work through my issues. Live music especially really gives me a space to let off steam and concentrate on what's happening in the now, not giving me any room to overthink or dwell on things. I think it's really important to have some sort of relief from the digital world, and from the endless scrolling and negative things you see through social media every day. 

Who is the musician who has most inspired you?

That's really hard to say as there are so many, too many to mention them all. I think one I can't help but mention would be Robert Smith from The Cure. Every Cure album was different, some were super happy and some were devastatingly dark and sad. I think I relate to the ups and downs through his music and his songwriting. Others would be musicians like Courtney Barnett and Lucy Dacus. I love what they do lyrically, turning simple everyday life occurrences into beautiful storytelling through their music. 

What makes you happy?

Being able to create music and art for a living and my three-month-old puppy Aubrey.

What’s the best sound in the world? And the worst?

The best sound... a really good reverb pedal, haha. The worst... probably nails scraping along a squeaky surface, it sends shivers down my skin (in a bad way!).

What song is in your head just now?

I'm currently working from a coffee shop and they're playing the Aladdin soundtrack.

Please tell us about (and share) a piece of music that has had an impact on your mental health

Someone In The Dark - Michael Jackson. People will hear this and think it's a weird choice, but it was the first song to ever move me to tears when I was a kid, and the first song I really found relatable to my state of being at the time. I was a pretty angry, angsty kid, and this song is so emotive and soft, and the first time I heard it, it unknowingly broke and healed me at the same time. Strange fact about it: it was written for the movie ET, and ET's actually in it sampled. 

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