Arlo Parks opened up on mental health in the music industry, calling for more support for artists to be put in place.
The 21-year-old, who released her debut album this year, stressed that it’s hard for artists to feel they can take a break.
“A lot of being an artist becomes public and your work becomes your livelihood and just be seen a lot more and, according to a lot of stories I’ve been told, there isn’t really a lot of support, ”she explained. To Metro.co.uk after his victories at the AIM Awards.
“There is no such framework to protect people and help them understand that they can talk to people about things and that their feelings are valid.
“I have a feeling that artists, in particular, who go to these places in themselves and who are creative people, need that support and to make sure that their mind is healthy and that they don’t feel exhausted, that they feel they can take a rest. I really wish that would happen more.
Speaking of Jesy Nelson, who took a step back from her role in Little Mix to prioritize her sanity, Arlo added, “It takes a lot of courage to step back and take breaks because I think ‘there is this culture of, of course, working hard, but the idea of balance.
“We take vacations as a reward rather than making rest part of our routines as a consistent thing and I think it takes a lot, especially when you’re in front of the audience, to get to know yourself enough to say, ‘ Okay, I have to take a step back from that “or” It doesn’t feel good “or” I’m going in another direction “and I think when people do that it takes a lot of courage. ‘
Arlo has enjoyed incredible success over the past year, winning the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Brit Awards and also crushing it at the recent AIM Awards, winning the UK Independent Breakthrough and Best Independent Album categories.
“The fact that I am a young independent artist and that I participate in these conversations amazes me,” she said.
“Especially with the Aim Awards, it was kind of a gradual progression – I was nominated the first year, then the second year I got one, and now I have two – for the album too! It makes me feel really validated and it’s really special to have people you admire to let you know that you are doing a good job ”.
For her, there is nothing more surreal than the people she admires to compliment her on her work.
“I remember Patti Smith, it was important because I had covered her song Redondo Beach and she sent me a DM – and I got an Instagram DM from Patti Smith…” she said reflexive. ‘I don’t know, times like this [are the most surreal], mostly because I’m a music lover before a music maker. ‘
As for what she’s most excited for right now, Arlo just can’t wait to get back on stage.
“I am delighted to play shows! I’m playing in a venue that’s very close to where I grew up and that’s where I saw my very first gig and I’m doing two, so it’s going to be a huge moment.
Arlo led the winners to the AIM Awards this year, with the likes of ENNY winning for her song Peng Black Girls, and choosing the one to watch the gong.
Other winners included Fontaines DC who won the award for Best Second Album, Jayda G, who was named International Breakthrough, and Lauv, who won her first AIM award for Most Performed New Independent Artist.
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