Music Therapy with Jessica Risker

By Jessica Risker

A podcast for musicians and fans of the exploding Chicago music scene. In-depth interviews with working musicians teaches you how to make your music a career, write songs, balance music with the rest of your life, and deal with mental health issues in this candid, in-depth interview podcast hosted by licensed therapist and critically acclaimed musician Jessica Risker. People don’t often talk about the most vulnerable part of their lives  - the emotional spaces between the lines of the wikipedia entry.  In a carefully curated world of social media, it’s nice to hear what other musicians actually have going on beneath the surface.   The Music Therapy podcast looks beyond the bullet points of a music career and explores how people really think, feel, and act when they’re struggling and growing creatively.  Refreshingly relatable, the podcast focuses a magnifying glass on musicians’ anxiety about shortcomings in their career, creative processes, and mental health struggles.   Licensed therapist and critically acclaimed musician Jessica Risker talks with musicians of all levels, recording engineers, music venue owners, label founders, and other therapists to share their own stories, struggles, and successes - and how they do it.   Whether you are dealing with writer’s block, frustration with the music business, struggling with your social media presence, battling mental health issues, or feeling discouraged - this podcast shows you how these feelings are a normal part of the process, and will bring you encouragement and hope as you move forward in your artistic journey.   It’s a disservice to creatives to hide the brushstrokes of artistic struggle. No artist evolves alone.  For fans of music, this is a chance to go deeper with your favorite artists.  And for any musician who’s ever felt a little lost or need some encouragement about their music -  this is the podcast for you.

  1. 1.
    Savanna Dickhut (Burr Oak) Pours Her Heart Out
    55:07
  2. 2.
    Episode 72: Pandemic Burnout - Dealing With Prolonged Stress w Dr. Caroline Adelman
    59:23
  3. 3.
    Episode 71: Macie Stewart Needs Some Alone Time
    57:47
  4. 4.
    Episode 70: Andrew Sa Is Better With Others
    51:49
  5. 5.
    Episode 69: Hausu Mountain Will Dominate the World + live performance by Pepper Mill Rondo
    1:30:19
  6. 6.
    Episode 68: Nathan Graham Keeps His Cool
    59:49
  7. 7.
    Episode 67: Jess Viscius of BNNY on Grief and Making An Album Blue
    47:57
  8. 8.
    Episode 66: Chris Koltay's Rock and Roll Fantasy
    54:45
  1. 9.
    Episode 65: All about SONGWRITING! with Jean Cochrane of Hard Femme
    1:06:23
  2. 10.
    Episode 64: Girl K Talks Songwriting, Finding Each Other and Crying in The Green Room
    1:15:45
  3. 11.
    Episode 63: Dr Lauren Neaman on Social Anxiety in the Time of Covid & Being A Social Being
    53:23
  4. 12.
    Episode 62: Adam Schubert (ULNA, Cafe Racer) Talks Addiction, Recovery, and Staying Sober in the Music Scene
    1:07:05
  5. 13.
    Episode 61: Brian Case of FACS Talks Success, Collaboration, Being a Musician Dad and a Dad of a Musician
    1:07:55
  6. 14.
    Episode 60: Tasha Talks Softness, the Magic of Live Shows, and Being Present
    50:36
  7. 15.
    Ep 59: Tobacco City's Love/Hate Relationship with the Music Business + Live Performance
    1:13:38
  8. 16.
    Episode 58: Jess Robbins of Course Balances Being a Musician and a Mom
    55:14
  9. 17.
    Episode 57: Ryan Suzuka of Blow Wind Blow Learns Harmonica in Secret
    1:00:12
  10. 18.
    Episode 56: Bill MacKay Shares His Dad's Struggle with BiPolar Disorder, His New Album, and More!
    58:41
  11. 19.
    Episode 55: Interview with Sam Cantor of Minor Moon
    57:42
  12. 20.
    Episode 54: The Romanticization of Mental Illness - Interview with Bret Rodysill of The Record Summer
    33:36
  13. 21.
    Episode 53: Interview with Rami Atassi
    57:17
  14. 22.
    Episode 52: Interview with Mia Joy
    54:31
  15. 23.
    Episode 51: Interview with Claudia Ferme of Claude
    44:27
  16. 24.
    Episode 50: Interview with Dave Vettraino of Public House Sound Recordings and The Hecks
    54:23
  17. 25.
    Episode 49: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with guest therapist Malory Dahl
    50:21
  18. 26.
    Episode 48: Interview with Adele Nicholas of Axons
    45:59
  19. 27.
    Episode 46: Interview with Angel Marcloid of Fire-Toolz
    55:39
  20. 28.
    Episode 47: Interview with Brianna Tong of Cordoba
    49:34
  21. 29.
    Episode 45: Interview with Isabel Cristina of Half Gringa
    52:37
  22. 30.
    Episode 43: Interview with Roy Kinsey
    56:32
  23. 31.
    Episode 42: Interview with Mick Fansler of The Curls
    53:30
  24. 32.
    Episode 41: Interview with Jake Acosta of Lake Paradise Records
    1:00:12
  25. 33.
    Episode 40: Interview with Sarah Jane Quillin of Desert Liminal
    51:05
  26. 34.
    Episode 39: Interview with Natalie Chami of TALsounds
    54:50
  27. 35.
    Episode 38: Interview with Sullivan Davis of The Hideout Chicago
    48:49
  28. 36.
    Episode 36: Interview with Britt Julious, music journalist for Chicago Tribune
    1:09:54
  29. 37.
    Episode 35: Interview with Coleman Brice, owner of Cole's Bar
    43:54
  30. 38.
    Episode 34: Interview with Anna Holmquist of Ester and Bad Songwriter Podcast
    44:19
  31. 39.
    Episode 33: How To Find a Therapist
    29:14
  32. 40.
    Episode 31: Interview with Erik Hall of In Tall Buildings
    41:29
  33. 41.
    Episode 30: Interview with Blake Norris of Audiotree
    58:49
  34. 42.
    Episode 29: Interview with Sacha Mullin
    42:33
  35. 43.
    Episode 28: Interview with Shelby Turner of Richard Album
    58:39
  36. 44.
    Episode 26: Interview with William Pierre Ramsey of Boys Vs. Girls
    45:53
  37. 45.
    Episode 25: Interview with Rob Sevier, co-founder of Numero Group
    48:21
  38. 46.
    Episode 24: Interview with Gabe Liebowitz of Calvero
    54:56
  39. 47.
    Episode 23: Interview with Jess Shoman of Tenci
    35:26
  40. 48.
    Episode 22: Interview with Sima Cunningham of Ohmme
    48:00
  41. 49.
    Episode 21: Interview with Sophie Brochu of Fauvely
    35:20
  42. 50.
    Episode 20: Interview with Erin Elizabeth Birgy of Megabog
    32:26

Listen to Music Therapy with Jessica Risker now.

Listen to Music Therapy with Jessica Risker in full in the Spotify app