Singer-songwriter Roseanne Murphy has said the music industry “deserves” help after it “saved our lives during the pandemic”.
Murphy was speaking to the Sky News Daily podcast, where host Neil Peterson asked him and other special guests for their “three wishes” for 2023.
The singer has released music since the mid-90s, first as part of the duo Moloko, before a successful solo career.
He told the podcast: “In my industry, we’ve had some really tough times, during the pandemic. . . . You’ve incurred all these costs.
“And now, after the pandemic and the energy crisis we’re going through, the cost of living what we’re doing, it’s even more expensive.”
Murphy has released five solo albums, including 2015’s Hairless Toys, which was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. Her latest record, Roisin Machine (2020), received critical acclaim. Last year, he made his acting debut in Netflix’s The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself.
Speaking from his home in Ibiza, Murphy said the “glamour” had gone from most nightclubs, and government support was needed to help revive the music and night-time industries.
“We deserve help in times of crisis,” he told the Daily Podcast. “[Music] Save our lives during the pandemic. Maybe that’s a bit much, but I think it’s true.”
‘A generation that has lost a common sense of culture’
According to data released last year by the Nighttime Industries Association, 20 percent of nightclubs have closed since the first lockdown in March 2020.
“Going out clubbing, going out to see bands, and not just always being on the Internet is very healthy for kids,” Murphy said.
“I’m really concerned about this generation of young people who have spent three years of their lives without that shared experience.”
Another of Murphy’s wishes was to see more children spend less time on phones and computer screens. The mother of two says she fears her generation has lost a shared sense of culture.
“They’re speaking a different language than me. I think we were into things that even our parents didn’t understand. But I think it’s on another level, we shared a culture growing up. .
“I mean, we were all talking about dancing together. Hopefully my kids will go out and dance together with other people and then it will be a shared sense of universality.”
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