The charity organisation Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) has launched a new podcast for Australian youth and young adults called Rhyme & Reason by MMAD.
The series deep dives into themes of grief and loss, mental illness, self-identity, alcoholism and addiction with influential Australian and international artists and guests as they openly share their personal experiences and the music that helped them find their path.
The 16-episode series delivers intimate and candid interviews with Australian and international guests including pop maverick E^ST, Instagram influencer Alli Simpson, hip hop chart-toppers Bliss N Eso, Australian Idol winner, singer/songwriter/ actor Casey Donovan, American photographer Chris Cuffaro and Australian music producer/engineer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, Paul Kelly, Birds Of Tokyo, 360, Empire Of The Sun, Alison Wonderland & owner The Grove studios), each talking openly and passionately about their journey.
Host Will Small said: “Everyone has that song. The one that helped you get out of bed when nothing else could. The one that inspired you to pursue your dreams. On Rhyme & Reason, I explore their life stories and the songs and music that helped them through.”
The first four episodes are now available and include a candid conversation about hitting rock bottom and determination with singer/songwriter/engineer Dustin Tebbutt, stories of resilience with rapper Pez, a journey towards self-love with hip hop artist Mirrah Reflects and revelations about making your own difference with MMAD co-founder Dominic Brook.
“Rhyme & Reason was created to give a platform for artists and people within the industry to share stories about struggles, strength, and how music has helped shape them,” said Brook. “Music is a powerful tool to connect people from all walks and can inspire aha! moments that empower change. This podcast has the potential to spark realisation and personal growth for listeners, too.”
The podcast is supported by Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, with weekly episode releases until the end of 2018.
Photo: MMAD Co-founder Dominic Brook with Pez and host Will Small