Produced by Steg G
Between 2009 and 2014 almost 4,500 people committed suicide in Scotland, an overwhelming majority of who were male.
As suicide prevention and mental health intervention becomes a growing priority of the Scottish Government I’ve become increasingly aware of just how wide spread this affliction has become within our families, friendships and communities.
The above statistic shocks me the more and more I think about it for it is more than 4,500 deaths, it is 4,500 families torn apart, it is 4,500 failures of our medical system and it is 4,500 reasons that evidence that we are simply not doing enough to take on this challenge.
This body of work aspires to capture the journey of an individual descending into the pits of mental turmoil while desperately trying to maintain his place in the world. The album merges spoken word poetry and skits to offer moments of reflection while it plays from the optimistic opening of ‘One Life, One Chance’ to documenting mental health triggers through records such as Kill Me, MMS, Two Minds and Ballad of Suburbia before the climatic conclusion of ‘The Noose’.
As someone who has never suffered from mental health issues this has been a difficult album for me to write, researching and documenting the mental deterioration of a character has brought about a real sense of vulnerability that is rather hard to shift. There is an actualisation to be had that mental health issues can form in the most ignorant of people at any time in their life, through any circumstance and until we are more aware of how to deal with challenge, the initial statistic will only continue to grow.
But, this album is also a celebration of putting forward a small contribution towards raising awareness and it wouldn’t have been possible without the creative networks I have in place.
So first of all, Big up Steg G for the mountain of work that has gone into taking my ideas and moulding them into something tangible whilst continuously being harassed for more recording time!
Becca Starr and TeeJay Mack for their vocal athleticism in their respective records and Nity Gritz, Kayce One, Freestyle Master, G-Mo and Revolution for appearing on the skits.
If you are, or know someone suffering from mental health issues please check out the great support services we have here in Scotland.