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Tritonal Opens Up About Mental Health in the Music Industry

Tritonal dropping Dare You was one of the highlights of their set. Photo by Tina Irion.

Duo Tritonal opened up about their struggles with mental health and sobriety in an interview with Billboard earlier this month, revealing some of the grim realities of the music industry that result from a fast-paced life style rooted in partying. The interview details their struggles in the context of their new release Love U Right, which touches on compassion for your friends as well as yourself.

One half of the duo, Ricky Reed, continues to struggle with anxiety and depression while touring and on-stage. He speaks to the thoughts that hold him back from performing, speaking, and other activities, that he struggles with daily.

Chad Cisernos, the duo’s other half, reached twelve years of sobriety after decades of dealing with EDM-related  substance abuse. He doesn’t dismiss the “consciousness expanding experiences” that some individuals turn to psychedelic drugs for, but discusses his own attempts at self-medication for his internal, mental, and spiritual condition. Both producers admit that they are still actively working on themselves, continually struggling and progressing.

Battles with mental health and wellness remain at the forefront of social consciousness in the wake of deaths of major stars like Avicii and Lil Peep. The conversation surrounding Demi Lovato’s recent heroin overdose also perpetuated the discussion, forcing fans to ask if those who struggle with mental health and drug abuse can remain positive role models for their constituency.

Tritonal’s openness and recent current events confirm that these kinds of role models do exist, and are needed more than ever. The lifestyle of many young musicians remains fast and dangerous, but promoting discussions like these is the first step to remedying some of the darker truths of the music industry.

What kind of conversations should we be having about mental health in the music industry? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

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