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014: Brett Leboff

Updated: Jul 16, 2019

Interview: Brett Leboff on Mental Health and Staying Sane in The Music Game

Very recently Help Musicians UK undertook research which suggested that people working in the music industry are 3 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety compared to the general public.


Today’s guest has experienced suffering and through practice has found a way to cope and stay sane in the music game. Brett Leboff has had a 20-year career in the music industry spanning artist, producer, manager, mentor, coach and strategist. He is currently the Head of Artist Development at Diplomats of Sound and very recently became a published author releasing ‘Staying Sane in the Music Game’.



A little bit about Brett...


Brett Leboff has had a 20 year career in the music industry spanning artist, producer, manager, mentor, coach and strategist. He is currently the Head of Artist Development at Diplomats of Sound and resides in Bristol.

Brett has enjoyed global success working with artists including Animotion, Amy True, Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu, ARIWO, Arrival Soundsystem, ATA Records, Amplify Music, Broken Brass Ensemble, Baghdaddies, Carrie Tree, CatzMuzik, Claire Northey, Cyrene, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Dakar Audio Club, Dizraeli, Dojo, Faeland, Feelgood Experiment, Fraser Anderson, Foodoo, FABRIK, Holly Holden (Y Su Banda), IAMU, Ian Britt, Isolde, Izo Fitzroy, Jess McAllister, The Jazz Defenders, Kala Chng, KOKOROKO, Malavita, Matti Roots, Oded Kafri, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Rusangano Family, Simon McCorry, Simon Panrucker, Smash Hifi, Snazzback, Solana, Solomon O.B, Super Full Moon, Time for T, Urban Folk Quartet, Urband Soul, Vessels, Yael Deckelbaum, Yumi & The Weather.

Most recently Brett has returned to the UK after living amongst the Israeli Palestinian conflict for over 2 years. He lived and worked in permaculture communities and with a co-existence project focused on reconciliation through music.

His previous speaking engagements & appearances include In The City, UnConvention, SXSW, NXNE, Midem, Canadian Music Week, Musexpo, Coachella, Glastonbury, Burning Man, Summer Sonic Festival.

This episode is brought in to you partnership with Help Musicians UK



The Music Minds Matter listening ear and support service is there for anyone who works in music who is struggling to cope. It doesn’t have to be a crisis, or about music, and trained advisors there to help.


Contact Music Minds Matter day or night on 0808 802 8008 or email MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk.