Kiwi musician Jeremy Redmore couldn't have predicted a national lockdown to affect the release of his comeback album.
The former frontman of Kiwi bad Midnight Youth was about to release his album, 'The Brightest Flame', which he had been working on for years.
"Everything shut down and it was pretty deflating, to be honest," he shared with Tash Mcgill and Peter Wolfamp on Good Friday.
"It makes the outlook for musicians and the rest of the industry pretty bleak.
"But at the same time, there is a real place for artists within the world right now. I am just doing my best to stay creative and try and provide a bit of distraction and interest for people."
While in lockdown, Redmore has started a project called Tell Tale Tunes, which encourages people to share their lockdown stories, and he writes songs about them.
"Musicians these days are largely seen as entertainers but if you look at the origins of music, and it's role in important times across the centuries, it's been about documenting what has been going on."
He said people have been telling him their experiences from lockdown - whether sad or funny - and then he records songs based on them. So far he's created five songs.
Redmore said the lockdown is also allowing people to explore their creativity whether in music or even baking.
"It is a potentially revelatory moment for people," Redmore said.
"I am a real believer, given my own story and relationship with music and writing. This has changed my life and given me healing so many times."
Find out more about Redmore's new album 'The Brightest Flame' here.