Steve Ignorant the punk singer speaks to MHF Live about music and mental health.
Tell us why you are supporting MHF Live
Because anything that is trying to help people that have an mental health problem is got to be a good thing. There are a lot of delicate people out here.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Unfortunately the Black and White Minstrel show on TV in the 60s that my grandmother used to watch. Thank god Toots and the Maytals came along.
What does music do for your mental health?
It allows me to express anxieties, fears, desperation and hope.
Who is the musician who has most inspired you?
What makes you happy?
Living with my wife and dog.
What’s the best sound in the world? And the worst?
Best sound in the world is a black bird on a summer’s evening. The worst sound in the world is politicians bull sh**ting.
What song is in your head just now?
‘Need Your Loving’ by the Four tops
Please tell us about (and share) a piece of music that has had an impact on your mental health.
That would be ‘Cooks’ by David Bowie that he wrote for his son. I was having a bad time of it at school and at home with uncaring parents and teachers and the lyrics of that song gave me hope and gave me a fantasy world I could escape into.
Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life just released a new song called S.A.D. Anyone that suffers from depression or S.A.D. will probably recognise what I’m talking about. Hope it helps people to know that they are not alone.
Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life will be starting their Tour in April. Get dates and more information.
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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.