We are pleased to share this inspirational LIVE discussion that took place on Monday 20th February.
Music Support’s Learning and Development Specialist, Hannah Brinley, welcomed Jamie Reynolds (multi-award-winning musician and co-founder of indie rock band, Klaxons) and Ronnie Traynor (Music Consultant) for an open and honest discussion about their experiences with addiction and how it has impacted their lives both personally and professionally.
Click on the youtube link below to watch.
Topics discussed included to what extent there is an issue with addiction in the industry, how we (as individuals and an industry) can support those who are living with it and what we can do to challenge stigmas attached to it.
The panel also discussed Music Support’s Addiction and Recovery Awareness workshop which, thanks to funding, is available for anyone who works in music and live events to attend for FREE. Click here to find out more about this engaging four-hour session (delivered on Zoom) and to apply.
HOST - Hannah Brinley
Hannah is a highly skilled learning and development professional with extensive experience of delivering group focused learning. She specialises in mental health, addiction, CBT and mindfulness. Prior to joining Music Support, Hannah spent five years working for Forward Trust, a leading UK addiction charity, delivering group training for staff in a variety of drug and alcohol services, including high security prisons, resettlement prisons, residential rehabs, and community drop-in services across the UK.
Jamie Reynolds is best known as the founder and co-singer, song writer of platinum selling, multi award winning recording artists Klaxons. Jamie is a multi-instrumentalist, currently signed to Virgin Records as a songwriter and executive producer. In 2019, after a 28–year relationship with drugs and alcohol, Jamie came to admit that he needed help and entered recovery, where he currently helps other men on their own journey to sobriety.
Ronnie has over 20 years’ experience working in the music industry, from a brief career as a DJ in the early 90’s to working at legendary dance label Distinct’ive Records. She went on to work with Groove Armada on a number of high-profile projects before joining Various Artists in 2010, to grow their brand partnerships division and manage a wide range of artists. Ronnie now divides her time between freelance music projects and studying to become a therapist. She has been sober for almost five years and in 2022 created the “Sober Social” in Margate – a brand new meeting to help people get used to socialising without alcohol.
LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) is the voice of the UK’s live music and entertainment business. LIVE members are a federation of 14 live music industry associations representing 3,150 businesses, over 4,000 artists and 2,000 backstage workers.
Find out more about LIVE.
We would like to thank Gaby at LIVE for inviting us to host this special session.