Phillip Taylor of PAWS
What’s your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memories are all of my older brother Paul. He was a teenager when I was just becoming conscious of the world around me as a little one. He was my best friend throughout my childhood. I would always be in his room and he never objected so long as I was well behaved.
Sitting in total awe of how cool he was playing the new SNES games with the sound turned down and his stereo turned up. The Cranberries, R.E.M and Nirvana are legitimately the first things I remember being told about when I’d first asked the question: "Paul, what is this?" Referring to music in general.
What does music do for your mental health?
It’s hard to say really. It’s been a crutch and a friend before I even knew that I had underlying issues with my mental health. Then, as I became active in learning to play music it became the main focus of my life. Largely down to it being this thing that I felt compelled to do because it appeared to make the world and day-to-day life seem a little bit more tolerable.
The focus to just express myself and have a channel for feelings that previously left me feeling lost and confused. I think music is a wonderful thing.
Who is the musician who has most inspired you?
Ben Gibbard, Scott Hutchison, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Cobain, PJ Harvey, David Bazan. A lot of people.
What makes you happy?
Making other people happy, or at least trying to. Rare when you can sit and watch the world go by without worrying about what's going to happen next. A good cup of coffee.
What's the best sound in the world? And the worst?
Silence and Silence
What song is in your head just now?
Indian Summer by David Bazan.
Please tell us about a piece of music that has had an impact on your mental health
Music in general has always had the biggest of impacts on my mental health. For better or for worse. Mostly for the better though! Road To Joy by Bright Eyes springs to mind. But really, anything written by Ben Gibbard, Scott Hutchison, Jenny Lewis, David Bazan. Any of those people will get the cogs turning.
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.