Haulix.com, in partnership with Heartsupport and the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, has released HIGH NOTES, a podcast about addiction and recovery in the music industry. The full 8-episode first season debuts today on all podcast platforms.
“We believe that it’s time for the music industry to de-stigmatize addiction and mental health struggles,” host and series creator James Shotwell says. “We’ve lost too many people in music whose struggles with addiction were either ignored or downplayed for the sake of not making others uncomfortable. Our goal with this series is to help people take the first steps toward leading better, healthier lives, by bringing those topics to light using examples from the musicians they listen to.”
The first season of HIGH NOTES features exclusive, in-depth conversations with rock and alternative musicians in various stages of recovery. Guests include Brian “Head” Welch of KoRn, Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves, Bert McCracken of The Used, Anthony Green of Circa Survive, Haley Butters of Absinthe Father, Nick Martin of Sleeping With Sirens, Ronnie Winter of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October. Each episode delves into a different guest’s journey to sobriety and the role the music business played in helping (or hurting) their recovery.
“The conversations we have on HIGH NOTES can be tough to hear at times,” Shotwell adds, “but there is a lot of hope to be found as well. Our guests have overcome incredible odds to be where they are today, both as musicians and former addicts, and we hope listeners discover that they too possess the strength to make a positive change in their lives.”