New book looks into the physical & psychological challenges of touring
'Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual' includes personal accounts from Four Tet, Nile Rodgers, Pharoahe Monch and more
Attachment-based psychotherapist, Tamsin Embleton, has published a book that is sure to benefit musicians and those in the live music business.
Titled 'Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual', it’s considered a comprehensive manual to help readers identify and deal with a wide range of physical and psychological challenges that can arise when on the road.
Embleton is also the Founder and Director of Music Industry Therapists and Coaches (MITC) — a group of specialist health clinicians with past experience in the music business.
Over the course of ten years, she has also worked as a music promoter, tour manager and artist manager.
Her book dives into a number of topics — some that even tend to be overlooked as issues that can occur when on tour.
These topics include mental health, peak performance, performance anxiety, addiction, group dynamics, relationship problems, dealing with the media, physical fitness, diversity and inclusion, crisis management, and post-tour recovery.
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Published by Omnibus Press and available from March 23, each chapter is written by health and performance professionals who provide readers with clinical advice supported by cutting-edge research, practical strategies, resources and detailed illustrations.
Giving it more real-life relevance, the book includes personal recollections from touring artists such as Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet, Nile Rodgers, Justin Hawkins, Katie Melua, Taylon Hanson and Pharoahe Monch.
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Sugababes member, Siobhan Donaghy, describes reading the book as "[it's] like having a therapist in your back pocket. It helped me deepen my understanding of myself as a performer."
Multi-award-winning sound designer and composer, Tom Middleton, also contributes a chapter on sleep, the foundational pillar of mental health and well-being. "This manual will save lives," he mentions in a post.
For more information about Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual and to pre-order the book, head here.
Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.