“Call a friend, talk to someone, let it out don’t bottle it up.”
Keir left his cappella band Basix in 2004 to go solo. Inspired by chart pop, alt rock, jazz and electronica, Keir spent his formative years soaking up the albums he’d find in charity shops. We chatted to him about loneliness, swimming and the importance of reaching out.
What are you listening to, reading and watching at the moment?
I just recently watched Paprika – (satoshi Kon) which is a crazy adventure into dreams. I just started reading Richard Brautigan – ‘the abortion’. I’m listening to XXXtentaction – 17.
What has been your biggest life challenge so far and what did you do to overcome it?
Sometimes I just feel quite alone. Often Music makes me feel good.
What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?
Get up, make a song before getting dressed, eat a melon, ring my mum.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I feel grateful for life itself the most.
Complete this sentence: “Ace mental health for me means…”
Doing what you love with people you love.
What do you eat to stay healthy?
I love fruit and raw veg.
Do you have a daily routine of exercise or do you make it up as you go along?
I like to swim as much as I can.
Here at The Mind Map we remember playing football and ‘tag’ – running around the playground everyday and loving it – can you share a similar memory?
I remember my brother trying to do a backflip off of a swing and breaking his arm. (Didnt even make the backflip).
What three songs lift your spirits?
Lou Reed – Street hassle
Amy Winehouse – Love is Blind
Patti Smith – Gloria
What is your favourite self-help book, or motivational quote?
“You look ridiculous if you don’t dance, you look ridiculous if you do dance, so you might as well dance.”
What advice do you offer to friends when they are feeling overwhelmed?
Call a friend, talk to someone, let it out don’t bottle it up.