Murray Macleod

Murry Macleod, frontman of the XCERTS speaks to us about why he is supporting our fundraising initiative MHF Live and why music is so important for his mental health.

Tell us why you are supporting MHF Live 

The conversation about Mental Health is so unbelievably important and necessary but for a lot of people, it's an incredibly complex and difficult subject to open up about.  

Music is a powerful universal language and it's an art form that speaks to so many of us in different ways. I think combining the therapeutic / social nature of (live) music with the incredible work the Mental Health Foundation do, makes for a hell of a platform, in which people can hopefully feel more at ease with discussing the subject of mental health. Nobody deserves to feel helpless in their own skin!  

What’s your earliest musical memory? 

When I was 8 years old, myself and my dad were collecting my sister from a swimming event and in the car park he played me 'The Beatles Live at the BBC' on tape. That was the day my world completely changed and I'll never forget it. I became obsessed with The Beatles and music in general and that obsession has never faded nor waned.  

What does music do for your mental health? 

It's therapeutic, reassuring, calming, healing and 100% necessary. I'm never alone with music and if I'm ever struggling with mental health issues, I tend to focus on how incredibly  fortunate I am to have this magical art form in my life. Writing music is cathartic and it's something I have to do.  

Who is the musician who has most inspired you? 

This is a tough one, but… I'm going to say Bruce Springsteen. Musically, artistically and culturally he has just done so much to inspire me. There's a reason he's called The Boss.  

What makes you happy? 

My family, my friends, art, exercise and espresso martinis.  

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

The best sound in the world is my two year old nephew laughing. The worst sound in the world is my two year old nephew crying! For real, it's like he's summoning some ancient evil spirit when he gets going.  

What song is in your head just now? 

Lizzo - Good as Hell. I heard it for the first time the other day and it blew me away! She rules. 

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

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run. This song has got me through some pretty rough times. It has a real cinematic feel to it and the whole thing feels and sounds so freeing. It makes me want to step outside, run and experience everything life has to offer. No matter how sh**ty the day, this is a guaranteed burst of life  affirming euphoric rock and roll sunshine.  

Murray will perform live at OMEARA London on Thursday 18th July as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s 70th birthday celebrations. Get your tickets here.

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