Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Excited to Play Second Annual Hi, How Are You Project Benefit: ‘Music Has a Way of Touching You’


Yo La Tengo, Bob Mould and Built to Spill will even play Tuesday’s (Jan. 22) profit for psychological well being consciousness.

The Flaming Lips attempt to not flip down a possibility to assist others, particularly if the charitable trigger is centered across the music of one in every of their favourite artists. "When you’re youthful and once you’re enamored by individuals's artwork there's a distinct glamour to it, however they you notice that it's a horrible affliction and it doesn’t permit them to get pleasure from a easy life," singer Wayne Coyne tells Billboard about why his group is headed right down to Austin, Texas, on Tuesday (Jan. 22) to assist increase consciousness about psychological well being by performing the songs of Austin-bred singer/artist Daniel Johnston at an all-star present celebrating the second-annual Hi, How Are You Day.

Tuesday's HHAY Day is aimed toward educating individuals all over the world concerning the significance of psychological well being and well-being whereas selling inclusion with a roster of acts taking part in covers of Johnston's music. The Lips will likely be joined by a lot of their friends and mates on the invoice for the present on the ACL Live on the Moody Theater in Austin, together with Built to Spill, Yo La Tengo, Bob Mould, The Black Angels, Gavin DeGraw, Bob Schneider, The Moth & The Flame and extra company. 

The occasion's organizers, Tom Gimbel and Courtney Blanton, clarify in a press launch that they have been impressed to create HHAY Day by Johnston, one in every of Austin's most beloved musicians/visible artists, who has used his artwork to chronicle his decades-long wrestle with psychological well being. The occasion takes its identify from Johnston's downtown Austin mural, "Jeramiah the Innocent," which options iconic picture of a frog asking "Hi, how are you?" 

Coyne says he vividly remembers when Johnston's lo-fi outsider music first first started making the rounds within the late 1970s, usually distributed personally by Johnston on home-recorded cassettes. "Back then he didn't actually play exhibits or tour like a band would, so at first we have been not likely conscious… it wasn't obvious how a lot this type of [mental illness] affected him and none of us knew something about it," says Coyne. "For us a variety of it didn't grow to be clear, however once you hear a few of these songs they only shatter you. You couldn't attempt to produce a file that sounds that authentically broken and harmless… that a part of it all the time and nonetheless flooring us." 

The Lips singer and Johnston didn't cross paths till years later and Coyne says he's since grow to be extra conscious of the significance of getting actual conversations about psychological well being.

“The mission of Hi, How Are You Day is to get the phrase out about Daniel’s artwork and music AND to make it routine that we acknowledge the value of individuals scuffling with despair, nervousness, studying disabilities or psychological sickness,” says Dick Johnston, Daniel Johnston’s brother and Hi, How Are You Project cofounder in a press release. “There’s actual potential right here for individuals to learn from pausing to know our frequent human expertise, to supply assist to family and friends experiencing these items and to have a good time success at life in opposition to these odds.”

With one in 4 adults scuffling with psychological well being, Blanton says that it's clearly a problem that wants extra focus. “Statistics present us that despair, nervousness, and suicide are on the rise," says Blaton. "Removing the stigma is step one in direction of a productive public dialog about psychological well being. I consider that Hi, How Are You Day goes to be the ‘Live Aid second,’ and 2019 goes to be the yr that we flip the tide and make a constructive change within the dialog round psychological well being.”

Proceeds from the sold-out present will profit the HHAY Project and fund the manufacturing of media to boost consciousness of psychological well being points and supply peer-to-peer coaching and grants to main psychological well being organizations.

"I’ve had the privilege of working with Daniel Johnston for 25 years,” stated Gimbel. “He is each a longtime good friend and a lifetime inspiration. The message that the Friendly Frog within the Hi, How Are You mural sends reminds us of how easy it may be to attach with one another. Now we’re taking this phrase to the world to assist erase the stigma of psychological well being challenges.”

In addition to taking part in with their longtime mates Mould, Built to Spill and Yo La Tengo, Coyne says the present is one other approach for society to study extra empathy in the case of confronting psychological sickness. "It's not glamorous, it's human beings scuffling with a [chronic] situation, it's not an arm or a foot, it's who they’re," he says. "My coronary heart goes out to people who find themselves struggling and it is a approach to do one thing. It's a approach to discuss it and assist individuals have a dialog about it. I believe this present will likely be completely fucking nice. Music actually has a approach of touching you in methods you don't even know."

In preparation for the present, the Lips posted footage of rehearsals, the place they labored out a cowl of "Go," a music they lined together with Sparklehorse in 2007. They're additionally planning a canopy of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" mashed up with Johnston's "True Love Will Find You In The End" as a part of an all-star gorup sing-along to finish Tuesday night time's present.


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