Our Story

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An Idea Is Born

At 18 years old I worked with a friends band to help write songs. I had had formal music training through school since before junior high and for three hours a day in middle school . Music was my passion. I helped my friends band get started and then one morning I couldn't recall anything about music. It had vanished in the night and while I still enjoyed it , I was left out, scales and keys were all non-sense to me. and my music writing dried up quick. I had experiences of being connected to things at times but for the most part it was gone. - Jared

Then in August of 2018 William and Jared began working on music as a form of therapy. William needed to find an avenue of expression to help him deal with his Schizoaffective (Schizophrenia and bi-polar) disorder. As they started in music Jared was diagnosed with PTSD from childhood trauma. Will and Jared wrote songs to help them gain perspective and grow from their pain.

Our writing continued and we were joined by a friend (Brian) who excitedly encouraged us to share what we were writing.. With his help we organized a set and in September of 2019 we played at a suicide awareness walk. Life brought more changes (our friend Brian left the group) and more trauma.. We also met Andrew who upon hearing our music said, "I need to record you guys.. "

Receiving counseling for the trauma had awakened Will and Jared to who they are today and to this work they do with www.madhattermusic.org This is our life purpose, to use and find and promote and create music that lifts the hands that hang down. to cheer the broken and mend their hearts . Music is a universal language that unites us as one human race.

Like music unites us nobody wants to lose their loved ones to self harm. By building a culture that focuses on behavior we label people for their mistakes. many times those mistakes have root in mental illness or childhood trauma. By only focusing on the behavior we neglect the cause for it in the first place. Music as therapy saved us and has given us a powerful voice to lift others !  

Dream Key  is our business umbrella that works in communities as Mad Hatter Music. This is our dream to bring a spotlight to musicians who support community awareness for suicide prevention and understanding for mental health issues. We are here to bring hope, healing, education and understanding.

By sharing the music with educational presentations  at events we aim to educate and entertain. By bringing local recording artists together to host sponsored events that benefit a local boots on the ground charity that benefits mental health issues or works to prevent/ assist with suicide issues we hope to impact our local communities..

Friends call and find real help for the people they love. Music is a powerful tool for bringing hope. By combining this powerful tool with a tool bag of useful skills to assist our friends and family members everybody wins.   

X- Day is a Local Portland, OR area band that has a personal connection to the cause. Their connection to our banner and the amazing sounds they create is why we are proud to promote them. 

Andrew Swindell, is the production side of Mad Hatter Music he has been part of many bands. Currently he runs his own studio and performs as "New Management"   

Brothers William and Jared Wade are the promotion side of Mad Hatter Music.  "Noir Dream" is the band where they share their poetry. Demo out April 17th,2020. 

Local music, Mental Health Education, Local artists and other music inspired craft workers.