You put Real Friends' Dan Lambton in the Rock Sound 50. Here he talks about the importance of being open to his fans.
WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A ROLE MODEL TO PEOPLE?
“It can be a little stressful because you have people pouring their hearts out to someone who is essentially a stranger. It’s flattering but still something that I am getting used to.
"I remember being a teenager and seeking something in the music of the bands I was going to see and I guess that this is me paying back to an extent. It’s weird coming full circle but it’s something that I’m fortunate to have in my life.”
WHAT DO YOU FEEL REAL FRIENDS REPRESENT WITHIN THE SCENE?
“We, as a band, are strong proponents of mental health awareness. Music is a great way to convey emotions.
"We were asked recently how we could be so positive when we’re writing such negatively-influenced music and I think that it’s based on being more creatively-fuelled during those negative emotions. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, because then you’re able to make these subject matters a little more malleable and let people know they aren’t the only ones feeling these feelings.”
YOU’VE BEEN VERY OPEN WITH FANS ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU FEEL THAT TRANSPARENCY IS?
“I think it’s weird that people don’t look at me or the band as regular people. They will see us as a fantasy or unrealistic idol sometimes. I think it’s important to break down that wall between fan and band, and let them know that we struggle just as much as they do.
"If people are on the fence about getting help or don’t know how to process what they’re feeling, hopefully something that I open up about can put things into perspective. It’s good to let them know that we feel these things too.”
This interview is adapted from the Rock Sound 50 issue of Rock Sound. You can pick up a copy below...