Musicians who have (or may have?) Asperger's Syndrome.

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06 Sep 2017, 9:34 pm

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Nick Drake


Really? I've never heard that but I guess i wouldnt be surprised either



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09 Dec 2017, 6:54 pm

Grammy-winning Louisiana musician: 'It’s OK to be different'

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Fans know Jo-El Sonnier as a Grammy winner, a Cajun music legend with 30 albums, Top 10 country hits and performances at the Grand Ole Opry. People closer to Sonnier have seen another side, when the musician seems like a 71-year-old child.

Some dismissed the odd behavior as a quirky personality. Others gossiped that Sonnier, as a touring musician, had too much alcohol and drugs, although he never did either.

For the first time, Sonnier unveils the reason for his behavior in a new children’s book, “The Little Boy Under the Wagon.” The book reveals Sonnier has Asperger's syndrome,

Sonnier said the book has an important message for children and parents.

“There’s a way of being different and still being normal,” said Sonnier. “My mother always thought I was special.

“My whole trouble was from my beginning, being taught English in a world that I was born into in French. Everybody around us spoke in French.

“Now we have something to take to new generations that might not understand. They need to know it’s OK to be different.”

Bobbye Sonnier, Jo-El’s wife and the author’s sister, said the musician has turned the disorder into a positive.

“Once he figured it out and had a diagnosis, he saw ‘This is why the way I thought the way I did,'” said Bobby Sonnier. “'This is why I didn’t fit in. This is why I focused on music 100 percent. This is why I don’t like crowds outside of music.

“He’s sees he’s different, but it’s OK to be different.”



SLUSHII GIVES US A DEEPER LOOK AT ‘OUT OF LIGHT’, OVERCOMING ASPERGER’S, & MORE!
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From escaping suburbia to playing the main stage of EDC Orlando, this year may be Slushii‘s most groundbreaking one yet. Only a year after signing with Red Light Management, he has released several singles, collaborations, and even his first album, Out Of Light.

The album is stocked with thirteen tracks that Slushii not only produced the music but added his own vocals to the songs as well. In the interview below, he reveals the story behind track “Out Of Light” showing a more personal side of his production process.

Outside of music, he looks forward to his next adventure with the publishing of his first manga series which is also named Out Of Light

You’ve said in previous interviews that having Asperger’s affected the way you socialized with others and other kids weren’t very kind about it. However, you also talked about a positive aspect as having Asperger’s gave you a different view of the world and perspective of connecting with others through music. How has having Asperger’s contributed to how you interacted with others and share your story through music?
I feel like I learned very early on that people can be mean. I don’t know… It’s like the golden rule: treat people with how you want to be treated and it’s really as simple as that.

Really the whole Asperger’s thing, my social skills were horrible, awful, like high school was a nightmare. I never took the time to reach out to anybody but at the same time it’s like that time that I spent cooped up in my own hole. I learned everything I could about music so I could come out and let everyone know how I felt. I was not good with words at that time but I’ll play you a song and you’ll understand how I feel by the end of that song. So that’s always been my mentality with that.

You may not know what I mean because I speak like riddles, but I’ll play you a song and by then you’ll know how I’m feeling. It’s fun writing dubstep.

What advice would you give to other aspiring musicians with Asperger’s or those who face difficulties socializing?
In light of everything that has been happening lately, with the shooting and everything, that all could have been prevented with positive outlets. Sometimes I think, what if I didn’t have this album or what if I broke off the deep end if I wasn’t able to say what I want to say because over time if you let something bubble up and bubble up… I am glad I have the outlet to say what I needed to say when I needed to say it. Find a positive outlet. Don’t hurt anyone or yourself. It’s so easy to say that, but it takes a lot to like something that makes communicating easier. It’s not easy to communicate. Find your positive outlet and make the world better because just because you’re hurt doesn’t mean you have to hurt others.

It’s one of those things – the most normal person ever put under extreme pressure will snap. Even with us touring and running on lack of sleep for so long, we’re not even thinking rationally. So it’s like positive outlets, man.

Everyone has a talent. I firmly believe that everyone has something that they are good at and talented in. Positive without being negative.


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20 Feb 2018, 2:28 am

After seeing a documentary about Michael Huchence of Inxs I wonder if he had it. Loved ones say he was often withdrawn. His exes said that he was very loyal when he was with them but bad at breaking up ( he would ghost to avoid confrontation). This made me think of myself and other stories of those on the spectrum who can show crazy loyalty to love interests or friends. I am also guilty of ghosting exes to avoid the awkward conversation. In the documentary his dad also says that Michael slumped into depression when he lost his sense of smell as he loved to smell and taste. My first thought was stimming as I also sniff things. He also had this broody look



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26 Feb 2018, 10:52 pm

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21 Feb 2019, 4:07 pm

ASPartOfMe wrote:
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Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth definitely sounds like she might be an aspie. here is a profile The New Yorker did on her


An interview with her in Pitchfork about her memoir in which her shyness is discussed
Unconventional Idol: Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band


Wow, just as I was coming on here to suggest/ask if perhaps the atonal singing characteristic of the No Wave movement :skull: might be connected with autism, I found this post! The New Yorker article which took me 3 hours to read, tends to support that, on the other hand, in the Pitchfork article Gordon seems to be saying her brother is the cause. I'm not sure. I think Lydia Lunch's atonal singing, as heard on Atomic Bongos may be related to PTSD, but I'm not her therapist. Because it said I'm not allowed to post anything with a url, I'm trying with the offensive urls deleted ;)



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21 Feb 2019, 5:40 pm

You will be allowed to post URL’s soon. I believe you have to post 5 times to be allowed to use URL’s.


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25 Feb 2019, 12:24 pm

I'm normally very hesitant to speculate that celebrities are on the spectrum if they haven't explicitly said they are or think they might be, but one person I'm really wondering about is Justin Broadrick of the industrial metal band Godflesh, the post-metal/drone band Jesu, and formerly of the grindcore band Napalm Death. Broadrick collaborates a lot nowadays, but in the past he was very asocial, partially because he's always dealt with pretty severe anxiety and hypersensitivity issues.

https://www.factmag.com/2017/12/20/godf ... interview/



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25 Feb 2019, 6:10 pm

Cage, maybe?

Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if Eminem did as well. It might also explain why the Cage vs. Marshall Mathers beef resembled a feud on here. :lol:


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25 Feb 2019, 6:12 pm

My man, Artie Garfunkel. :heart:



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28 Feb 2019, 11:00 pm

Adam Young?

From Owl City

He did "Fireflies".



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09 Mar 2019, 2:55 pm

This is a long thread, and I don't know everyone who has or has not been discussed. More of an actor than a Musician but Dan Akroyd (AKA Elwood J Blues) is diagnosed with asperger's syndrome.

And now for my guess: Tuomas Holopainen the songwriter and keyboardist for Nightwish

Evidence: Lyrics of outcasts are common is music, but Tuomas repeats the same words and phrases across multiple songs over years.

1998, Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean: "Welcome to the end of your life, Hail the Oceanborn!"

2015, Sudder Before The Beautiful: "Awake Oceanborn, Behold this Force"

1997, Angels Fall First: "Oh Lord Why the Angels Fall First"

2003, End of All Hope: "Angels they fell first, but I'm still here"

This is even more prominent comparing within albums as songs often reference each other titles. For a symphonic metal band it's not unusual to have themed albums, but what sells me is the same words and phrases over long stretches of time. If you want to get drunk real fast drink everytime you hear the word "wish" in an early nightwish album or "awe" in a late nightwish album.

Second is his intense relationship with music. He suffered a period of extreme depression and anxiety (often co-morbid with AS) and has described writing Dark Passion Play as saving his life. His music is complex and intricate, and he has described a great love for movie scores.

Lastly, for being the musical mastermind behind Nightwish he lets Marco and Tarja/Annette/Floor do most of the front work for the band. Perhaps because he does not feel comfortable in social situations or being the focus of attention.

Obviously this is just a guess, but I think it is a decent one.


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09 Mar 2019, 3:31 pm

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This is a long thread, and I don't know everyone who has or has not been discussed. More of an actor than a Musician but Dan Akroyd (AKA Elwood J Blues) is diagnosed with asperger's syndrome.

No, he was not.
Dan Aykroyd Was NOT Officially Diagnosed - Wrong Planet thread


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09 Mar 2019, 3:53 pm

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This is a long thread, and I don't know everyone who has or has not been discussed. More of an actor than a Musician but Dan Akroyd (AKA Elwood J Blues) is diagnosed with asperger's syndrome.

No, he was not.
Dan Aykroyd Was NOT Officially Diagnosed - Wrong Planet thread


Good to know. Although my statement is technically correct as I merely stated he is diagnosed not professionally or officially.


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09 Mar 2019, 7:01 pm

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10 Mar 2019, 12:45 am

funeralxempire wrote:
Cage, maybe?

Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if Eminem did as well. It might also explain why the Cage vs. Marshall Mathers beef resembled a feud on here. :lol:


Are you an Eminem fan. I am a huge Stan. Have all of his albums on CD. I've did the research as well, thinking maybe he has Asperger's. I know on a few songs he has said he has it, such as Wicked Ways from the Marshall Mathers LP 2. That being said, I know he has also said he has OCD, which does present some Asperger's-like symptoms, and it also is commonly present along OCD. I also have read this interesting article about how he maybe has BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder): https://medium.com/@KevinRedmayne/does- ... 76c396f995


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funeralxempire wrote:
Cage, maybe?

Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if Eminem did as well. It might also explain why the Cage vs. Marshall Mathers beef resembled a feud on here. :lol:


Are you an Eminem fan. I am a huge Stan. Have all of his albums on CD. I've did the research as well, thinking maybe he has Asperger's. I know on a few songs he has said he has it, such as Wicked Ways from the Marshall Mathers LP 2. That being said, I know he has also said he has OCD, which does present some Asperger's-like symptoms, and it also is commonly present along OCD. I also have read this interesting article about how he maybe has BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder): https://medium.com/@KevinRedmayne/does- ... 76c396f995


I'm a fan, but not to that extent. I just have the albums that came out when I was in high school. SSEP, SSLP, MMLP.

I'm also a Cage fan, and can absolutely see why Cage feels Eminem bit his style, especially on the SSEP.


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