CultNoise Magazine

I was with CultNoise Magazine from March 2014 to January 2016. At the time of my departure, I was the publication's Music Editor, and wrote interviews, features and news-based content.

Artist Feature: Kids

“We set out on an adventure to write this record. We took time off [from] our jobs to hike and camp the Appalachian Trail and [followed] up our adventures there in a log cabin in Chattanooga, TN, where we converted the entire living room into a writing studio,” says Kids vocalist and bassist Joshua Diaz about the band’s upcoming debut album, Rich Coast. “We played old spaghetti westerns and kung fu movies on silent – films we watched as a kid – as we documented musically the feelings of the adventures we just had, paired with lyrics inspired over the last few years of our lives.”

Diary of an Anorexic (Part 2 of 2)

I keep having a battle with my mind. My rational side keeps telling me that I’ve made the right choice by choosing recovery, but my irrational one keeps telling me I made a mistake and I’m not actually sick – that all these people are making it up. But really, why would I have been sent to an inpatient program if I wasn’t sick? Yes, that’s right, I’m officially living in the hospital. I was originally put on another floor because my heart rate was dangerously low and I was severely dehydrated. I spent a month up there with an IV in my arm. They tried to feed me, but let’s be honest, I barely ate. I’d wait until the nurse left and then throw the food out, careful to hide it under other garbage.

Diary of an Anorexic (Part 1 of 2)

Writer’s Note: Last week, I had the idea of writing a few diary entries from the point of view of someone with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by the restriction of food. As someone who is currently recovering from anorexia, I have seen and heard pretty much all the stereotypes placed upon someone with it, and feel these entries might open some eyes and show readers the reality of the disorder. It’s a two-part series, with each part focusing on a different journey: the first part on the disorder’s development and part two on one's recovery from it.

It's Time to Stop Romanticising Mental Illness

“Oh, it’s just my OCD acting up”. “I didn’t eat so I could be pretty”. “I’m just a little ADHD”. If you’ve heard one of these statements, then you’ve experienced the ever growing romanticisation of mental illness. Incidences in which mental illness is used as the butt of a joke or to describe a quirk are on the rise and it looks like this trend isn’t going away. Mental illness is being downplayed and the view that it’s a cute personality trait instead of a debilitating disorder is hurting those who genuinely suffer from one.

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