“Just definitely talk to someone. That would be the main thing.”
Paul Walker, otherwise known as KingFast is an up and coming pop and soul singer/songwriter in Liverpool. KingFast was awarded the Merseyrail Sound Station Prize in 2017 and will be performing at the Liverpool international music festival this July. We spoke to KingFast about what good mental heath means, his inspiration and much more…
What are your plans for today?
Skipping off to play in a football match and then go home and just chill out I think. If there’s any sun left that is.
Are you studying or working at the moment in addition to your music?
Yeah I’m working full time in a law firm just up the road and I’m a systems analyst.
Are you listening to anything at the moment?
At the minute I’m still listening still to a lot of Bastille, even though they aren’t exactly the newest band. And some new stuff from Rag N Bone man. Looking forward to the new arctic monkeys stuff coming out as well.
And what music do you go back to as your default sort of music?
Probably still Bastille. And Ed Sheeran as well, I’m a big fan.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m very slowly rereading Harry Potter. Still on the first one but yeah.
Are you watching anything at the moment?
Yeah, I’m just watching Ozark at the minute. And I’ve only just very recently finished Game of Thrones.
Cool. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
Probably a day like this. Blue skies, a few beers and then finish with a gig. Pretty basic.
For what in life do you feel most grateful for?
Family. Having a good family. And growing up in the first world.
What does ace mental health mean for you?
The ability to be surrounded by loved ones again.
And what do you do to stay mentally healthy? Do you exercise or?
I do just football obviously now, and socialize as much as I can. I think that keeps me mentally healthy. And try to stay positive, yeah.
If anyone’s not feeling so good, mentally, what kind of advice would you give them?
Just definitely talk to someone. That would be the main thing. If you can, talk to someone. And I think there’s free advice, you can just phone up and have someone to speak to if you don’t have people that are accessible.
And who inspires you and why? Is there anyone from history or any musicians or any footballers that inspire you?
Probably Ed Sheeran again. He’s not the coolest person to like but he’s really worked from the ground up so.
Yeah, so you find that inspiring that you can go from sort of nothing to something almost?