(Note: This article originally appeared on Affix Music’s blog, and was written by our friend Simon Horrocks)
I’ve never posted anything personal on the Affix site before, but this is too important for me to ignore. I opened up the blog to write about recent placements, but that needs to take a backseat today. I’m in recovery and I don’t give a shit who knows. Because at the end of the day, it ain’t about me. It’s about planting a flag in the hopes that someone, somewhere sees it and gets the help they need. Jade is the guy in the left of this photo, and he’s dead.
I met Jade at the 10 High when I heard Injected. I was floored by the band. My reaction wasn’t unique. They had a team in place so I remained a fan. When I had the opportunity to work with Jade’s new band, Steadlur, I jumped at the chance. Jade was smart, funny, engaging, charismatic, striking, intense and talented. But addiction trumped all of those qualities.
And that’s my point. I didn’t know I had a problem. I thought everything was fine, but it wasn’t. Somehowwhen I heard what addiction truly was, I had to concede to my inner most self that I had a problem and I could not fix it alone. I asked for help and I got it. It is not easy. But if this post is a lighthouse in the fog for even one person, it’s worth it. The odds are not great, but there are people that want to help you IF you want it.