shooter Jenna Andrews‘ “Green Room Talks” digital series In its final chapter, she tackles difficult topics such as drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. owner ryan dusick, maroon 5 founding member and former drummer Shirley Halperin Sort Angie Pagano, managing editor, musician, and founder and CEO of AMP Entertainment, discussed the mental health struggles faced by those in the music industry, particularly when an artist began her career at a very young age.
Dusick left the group He co-founded in 2005 after a collapse on the “Songs About Jane” tour. Since then, Dusick has earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, and as a result, has become a marriage and family therapist. He most recently wrote about his difficult times as a musician in his memoir “Harder to Breathe: A Memoir of Making Maroon 5, Losing It All, and Finding Recovery”.
Desiring to be a musician, Dusick describes how that first dream turned into a deadly nightmare. “It’s insane to think that what you’ve been dreaming of doing all your life, fantasies about the life you’re going to live, like making music for a living, could suddenly be something that really wrecks you. When you go beyond your coping ways, it becomes a toxic lifestyle.
“I think that’s insane pressure, especially as a teenager,” added Halperin, noting that everyone gathered around the table was “chasing our youthful dreams as a career.”
When asked how the pivotal moment on their “Songs About Jane” tour unfolded, Dusick explained that this wasn’t the band’s only decision, but agreed to assess its future on Maroon 5, which was on its meteoric rise.
As Dusick explains: “After leaving the band, my self-confidence plummeted for ten years. My confidence was gone. My whole identity was wrapped up in being the drummer of Maroon 5 and suddenly he was no longer him. [I asked] who am I? what is my value? what is my worth
“[Playing music] It was satisfying and satisfying in a way. But in some ways, [working with people] It makes me feel even closer to who I am and what I find truly meaningful and purposeful in my life.”
Throughout his career, Halperin noted that he has observed how fans show musicians the emotional impact music has on their lives, and remembers how artists “started to have that emotion” while receiving that love. “This is why artists need mental health professionals who are actually on the road and open to them,” she said.
Andrews, Dusick, and Pagano agreed, hoping the industry would provide such services for musicians as well as executives in the future.
While the stigma of mental health is diminishing, Dusick believes “having a couples or family therapist is probably a necessity for a group or any creative group.”
Watch below for the full talk.