Key Changes launched the world’s first record label dedicated to releasing material from artists affected by mental health problems.
Key Changes Records offers a music industry focused recovery programme for musicians experiencing conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi polar disorder and schizophrenia.
Artists signed to the label are offered studio sessions with professional producers, artist development with industry mentors, performance opportunities, marketing, promotion and business advice. Access is provided to psychological therapies and help with problems like addiction and debt.
Peter Leigh, CEO of Key Changes, says the charity developed the project in response to the lack of support within the music industry for emerging talent struggling with mental health: “Developing an artist identity can provide protection against factors in mental illness like lack of confidence and low self esteem. But the process should include promotion of self care and resilience.”
The label’s debut release is the “Mad House EP” from up-and-coming grime artist Stickzn15 who credits music for his recovery from bipolar disorder:
“I was in and out of hospitals for 10 years. Having this opportunity has helped me counteract the negative thoughts I used to have about my illness and myself. I understand the power of music to absorb and entertain you even when you’ve got bad thoughts in your head. It can bring you back into the ‘real world’ – it’s very grounding.”
Key Changes Records celebrates its launch with a a raft of EP releases from Stickzn15 and label mates Yella Tzairi, Poetic Justice, and Terror Telboy.
Check the debut releases from Key Changes Records: