I need a little room to breathe
’Cause I’m one step closer to the edge
And I’m about to break
“Chester Bennington and Linkin Park helped me out in many ways as a pre-teen and angry teenager. I had a mum who was in and out of hospital having spinal operations and a stepfather who for obvious reason helped and concentrated on her getting better. So I was very much left to fend for myself going through final years of middle school (aged 10 to 12) and then into the wonder that is high school (aged 13 through to 16). So music became my escape and Linkin Park were my go-to band.
“Chester’s voice, the lyrics, they all had some meaning to the way I felt… Even now, I’ll still fall back to Linkin Park in tough times, but I still love listening to them when I’m not sad, or stressed, as they’re just great, I’ve grown up listening to them evolve and change and loved every bit of it. As a teen, I used to self-harm as a form of escape, not because I wanted to kill myself, but because it made me feel alive, the pain releases endorphins which is what I was wanting, it would also help give something else to concentrate on.
“The teenager me resonated with One Step Closer - as I often needed just a bit of room to breathe and think, and nothing made sense to me back then.” – Jade