KC: How would you describe your background?
I’m mixed race, I was born and grew up in London but both my parents are from Jamaica. My father grew up in Hackney and my mum’s mother is Irish and her father is Scottish.
KC: How did you came across Key Changes?
I was going through a rough time in my life and I was visiting my local mental health team and there was a poster for Key Changes that got my attention; that’s how I first found out about Key Changes.
KC: How has Key Changes assisted your recovery from mental health issues?
I have had mental health illness for about ten years but I feel I’m doing much better right now that I have been in the past. I have to say that Key Changes has helped me to make some improvements in my life. I had done some recording in the past and I gave it up for a while but with the help of Key Changes I got back into recording and performing.
For a long time I have let my self down as an artist, but with the recordings and performances I’ve done with Key Changes I’m getting good feedback and that’s helping me have more confidence as a performer but it’s also benefiting my life as well because this confidence is spreading to other areas of my life.
KC: How important is music to you?
Music is really important for me. I have to say, I used to smoke a lot of skunk, that’s how I first started to have mental health problems. I was one of those people that say that skunk makes their music sound better or makes you a better artist but since I put down the skunk and concentrated more on recovering from my mental health and my addiction, I feel my abilities as a musician have improved. I feel like I’m on a real journey in terms of making my own music, I’m feeling the music more now that the skunk is out of the picture.
KC: What music inspires you?
Before I was more interested in being a producer but I’m performing more right now. I was really into quite dirty sounds and I used to make break beats and garage records with very dirty bits and heavy bass lines. I’m still really inspired by those sounds but I’m also doing a bit of song writing and experimenting with gentler sounds.
KC: What advice would you give to other artists experiencing mental health issues?
The advice I’d give is that for a long time I was in denial about my mental health issues and my addiction to skunk, and what I say is that when it reaches that point when you have realized you need help, you have to listen to people that are trying to help you and try out what they are suggesting to help you get better. That really helps, working with other people and trying out their suggestions.