AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno shares his guitar and emotional journey, and reveals why, for him, "music is mental health"

AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno
(Image credit: Amalia Irons)

This article is part of's series of interviews and features with artists addressing and raising awareness around themes of mental health, particularly as they relate to musicians.

Much has been written about the toll the pandemic took on musicians and their mental health, as tours came to a halt and the industry was placed on indefinite hold. Aaron Bruno, founder and songwriter of the chart-topping, platinum-selling AWOLNATION, wasn’t immune to the depression and anxiety that affected a multitude of artists.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including,, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer,, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.