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Passion Pit’s lead singer is taking a stand on issues that come with being a commercialized artist.  

The endless touring and promoting is simply exhausting. It’s a cruel world out there, and the music industry has a tendency of making people feel like no matter what they do, it’s never enough to reach the demands that have been placed upon them. They are always in the spotlight. Because of this, countless artists suffer from anxiety, depression, addiction etc. Passion Pit front man, Michael Angelakos, decided to take matters into his own hands.

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“I live this, and I watch other artists struggle with the friction between their health and their art.” 

Angelakos has been an advocate for mental health awareness for quite some time now and he talked about his own struggles as well. There’s a huge difference between talking about something and actually doing something though. The actions always speak louder. So, Michael took the action and launched the Wishart group, which promotes the overall well being of artists by providing them with healthcare, legal, and educational services. It’s run by artists, for artists. People should not have to compromise their own health in order to be successful, that shit is stupid. You have to take care of yourself first sometimes no matter what your profession is, and there’s no shame in that if you ask me. Many artists do not have health coverage though, and it’s hard to plan a budget to afford longterm treatments, which is why the group is so important. Named after his grandmother, all of the help that has been provided is a way to keep her spirit alive. He created a supportive community where people can seek help during the hardest, lowest points in their lives and give them access to resources and information they otherwise would not have.

Michael Angelakos mentioned he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 19 and has recently been getting treatment for it. He is open about his journey as an artist and a person. I really admire that, it seems as if his audience has got his back as well.

‘‘This is just a particular way of illustrating how I literally cannot do what I do without you all. When I say thank you to an audience, I really, really mean it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.” (from twitter)

Since the treatment, Passion Pit has been able to continue touring and promoting new music and the Wishart Group.

"I simply didn’t realize how little we understand that mental health is not a benefit, but a human right."

— Michael Angelakos, Passion Pit

That’s all for now, stay golden.

-Erin

Erin Fitzpatrick