British rapper Testament
British rapper Testament and indie singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop talk about the inspirations they’ve taken from nature. (Photo: Humans of Leeds)

The Musicians Capturing the Power of Wild Places

British rapper Testament

For many of us, there’s no quicker way to feel good than listening to a song we love. We press play, and the music instantly transports us to a different place. Not surprisingly, many songs that do this have their origins in experiences and emotions connected to wild places. In this third installment of our series exploring pathways to happiness, we talk with two very different artists, indie singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop and British rapper Testament, about the inspirations they’ve taken from nature to create worlds of sound and words that fill us with the same exhilarating energy we get from a walk in the woods.

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