Mark Hamilton has used his downtime due to COVID 19 wisely! This indie artist is covering songs in his own way of artists whose lives were torn apart and lost due to mental illness. Through his music project ‘Tune into Mental Health‘, he aspires to start a deeper conversation about this silent pandemic. His project started in June this year and has already released 9 re-imagined songs of artists that lost their lives due to mental illness. To listen to all these songs you can check out his website or his Facebook page. You can also help by following him on Spotify or subscribing to his YouTube channel and sharing his music. When Mark has completed the planned 15 tracks he is going to release a special, limited edition book-bound CD with the profits from its sale going to Rethink, a UK Mental Health Charity that works to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness.
I am a huge INXS fan. As a teen when they exploded on to the scene in Australia I adored them. ‘Don’t Change’ is still one of my favourite songs of all time. Mark also covers ‘Love will Tear Us Apart’ (Joy Division Cover) that you can listen to below. Mark and I seem to have exactly the same taste in music and this is one of the reasons why I love hearing his versions of these songs. I like how Mark has added his own take on ‘Don’t Change’, with completely different musical sounds. Impressive!
Mark and his team are doing an amazing thing with the project. Music is so important in society, and there has been so much research suggesting that music can help people with mental illness. I know this to be true as I use music to assist me in relaxing or using a song to improve my mood. Take a listen here to ‘Don’t Change’ INXS cover here and check out his project.
Bio – Currently the project consists of a selection of 15 tracks by Linkin Park, Nirvana, INXS, Audioslave, Soundgarden, The Doors, Alice in Chains, Avicii, Joy Division, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, whose great careers and promise were cut short by mental illness and drug/alcohol abuse. 10 tracks have been released on YouTube, 9 on Spotify, with the rest due between October 2020 and January 2021.