For Cheung, music is also an emotional outlet. He explains, “Stress is an inevitable part of life, but I can release any negative emotions through music.” His view is echoed by others, with Leung saying she likes to sing aloud to let off steam, while members of Cracklebox agree that music can massively influence mood.
When asked whether they’d like to pursue music full time, all admit they have fantasised about it, but opt to keep it as a hobby. “The music business is notoriously difficult. And if something becomes your work, there is a risk of losing the pleasure you derive from it,” says Ash. Cheung concurs, adding that the pressure of making a living as a musician may prevent him from producing good music. “Having a 9-5 actually supports my music career by giving me a stable income and thus creative freedom,” he says. “At the same time, music helps me maintain a work-life balance.”
Oudin, Cracklebox’s drummer agrees, “Playing an instrument makes you more creative, improves patience and memory, which are knock-on benefits for your working life. Besides, it’s a total antidote to the work we all do in our day jobs, so it’s hugely important for balance.”
Do you have a musical talent too? Stay tuned for the event details of PROJECT AFTER 6: THE PITCH music competition, recruiting from 14 May to 6 June.