From the outside looking in, the life of a musician looks like private jets, money, and award shows. What we don’t see is how lonely and emotionally taxing it can be too. This is why, in an effort to redirect the conversation from glamour to the mental illness and substance abuse all too common within the community, the Canadian non-profit group Over the Bridge has recently taken on an incredible project.
Using Google’s Magenta AI program, Toronto-based OTB has actually been able to simulate what the music of artists like Cobain, Hendrix, and Winehouse might sound like if they were still here today.
Each song was generated using commonalities found within the artist’s vocals, lyrics, and chords then were recorded by a well-versed tribute artist. The result? The Lost Tapes of the 27 Club, an eerily uncanny collection of songs meant to get people talking about the ‘what if’s.’
“Through this album, we’re encouraging more music industry insiders to get the mental health support they need, so they can continue making the music we all love for years to come.,” they say on their website.
“As long as there’s been popular music, musicians and crews have struggled with mental health at a rate far exceeding the general adult population… this issue hasn’t just been ignored. It’s been romanticized.”
Remember, you never really know what someone might be going through. Check in on each other, be kind and stay safe!