Hi, my name is Isie Potter – thanks for visiting the Seed Sessions website!
A bit of context around Seed Sessions:
Whilst I was studying at Trinity College of Music I unfortunately had many friends suffering with mental ill health: depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm, eating disorders, etc. and since I graduated three of my friends have committed suicide…
Two of these were male, one of whom in particular was a really talented, amazing guitarist called Toby Seed. Because suicide is now the leading cause of death amongst men under 50 it made me think – what could I do to support a potential Toby?
I decided to set up a project that could help provide some emotional support to anyone going through a dark chapter of their life. It seemed appropriate that all the musicians I asked to be involved as mentors were friends of Toby’s and therefore personally vested. And choosing the name Seed Sessions felt right too, not only in memory of Toby but also the connotations with the word ‘seed’ – planting, growth, nurture, potential…
I run Seed Sessions alongside working for a charity doing music in prisons. I’m so grateful to have music in my life – it has brought amazing people my way, connected me to those people and to myself as an outlet for self expression. However, it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve truly witnessed music as a healing force on a large scale – there is a lot of brokenness in the world and music has the ability to provide sanctuary and to draw out and contain difficult emotions.
For me, to be able to facilitate this is a privilege.