We had the pleasure of interviewing Seech, a poet and hip-hop metal artist. Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Hi Seech, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about your journey.
Hi, my music began as a personal journal to myself. I have bipolar disorder and was writing music to help myself cope with that and explain to myself in song what I was feeling. As I wrote the songs, I began formulating an idea for an album. The idea of an album that captures the bipolar experience, at least for me. I wanted to write an album that started in the manic or hypomanic phase of bipolar and progressed slowly to the depression state. I made a rule for myself. I would only write songs about the bipolar state I was currently experiencing. So I only wrote hypomanic songs while hypomanic and depression songs while depressed. I stopped taking my medications (which I really recommend people do not do, I have returned to them) and started to write about my experience. Bipolar disorder can often be a misrepresented and demonized disorder that I hope to help destigmatize.
Please tell us more about your song, Dear Lamictal.
Dear Lamictal is the first track I am releasing from this project. It is in the depressive section of the album but is close to the end, which is where we begin to return to manic. It is about how people with bipolar (myself included) often think they are cured and can stop taking meds or blame the medications for their issues. I wrote this song in 1 sitting when I woke up in the middle of the night. I recorded it the next day. Often when the menace in my mind starts to take over, I can hear the lyrics of this song reminding me of the thought traps I found myself in.
What are the strategies that helped you be successful in your journey?
Well, my journey is really just starting. But I can say: rely on the people you trust and put faith in those willing to help you. This disorder can often be isolating, and if it weren’t for the support system of musicians, family, and friends I had around me; I would never have released this track.
Any message for our readers?
I appreciate you all taking the time to read and listen to this project. In a way, I consider the bipolar experience to be a very human experience, with patterns of ups and downs that come from within. Although I write these songs specifically about the disorder, I think anyone can find an aspect of themselves in this music.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
Thank you so much, Seech, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!