With the decline of traditional industry, Dundee had to reinvent itself as a cultural centre. Arguably one of their best known artistic exports has been The View, whose debut album went platinum in 2007. Their lead singer Kyle Falconer has since gone solo and been on both a sonic and personal journey of discovery in […]
With the decline of traditional industry, Dundee had to reinvent itself as a cultural centre. Arguably one of their best known artistic exports has been The View, whose debut album went platinum in 2007. Their lead singer Kyle Falconer has since gone solo and been on both a sonic and personal journey of discovery in the decade since his band were at their peak powers. Battles with alcoholism and drugs have been well documented, however Kyle has reached a calmer place. Read on as we find out how.
What has been your biggest life challenge so far and what did you do to overcome it?
I think it would probably the anxiety that came about four years into good solid touring,
I became too anxious to perform without drinking or taking drugs and began to vomit every time I thought about playing. I was sure I was going to have to give up music, was away to move to Australia to become a bricky. I suppose I overcame it when I realised what the cause was and removed it from my life for a while and trained my body to stop reacting to that feeling.
What do you think affects your mental health positively?
I’m big on Feng Sui, I believe if your surroundings are clean and organised around you it’s a great vibe. Surrounding yourself with positive people. Cut out the bullshitters!
Just the opposite of the above really, just being around negative places or people and getting suckered into it!
What role does creativity play in your wellbeing?
Well every time I write a song it’s like a weight off my shoulder, feels like I’ve just laid another golden egg and it must release some endorphins or something cause you just feel fucking great! Also listening to your favourite band, favourite song, can really take you to another place and music can resonate with you so you don’t feel like your doing this journey alone.
What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?
Watching, American Shameless – loving the chaos, don’t usually watch series but loved the UK one when I was younger so good to see the characters in a different style.
Listening to the composer Gustov Mahler, he reminds me of death, so it makes you feel alive and helps me write.
Reading Freddie Mercury’s biography – always been a hero of mine, had the book for ages, just finally getting round to it. He was a very interesting and unique guy.
What music gives you a boost?
Go to music for a boost – changes a lot, always up for listening to new music too. But right now The Struts are my go to for a boost, you can’t not smile when they are on!
What are your favourite foods?
A really good cheeseburger, sweet little devils in a bap! But I try not to eat many of them, laying off of meat and trying to eat healthy food, which I love too, great for a clear and positive mind set!
Do you like to exercise or meditate at all?
I’ve done meditation before and got pretty well into it but I find it quite hard to find peace and quiet now with my hectic lifestyle and I can’t sit still for shit. I run most days and that’s kind of my meditation as well now.
What is the best advice you’ve received in regards to your wellbeing?
The world is round, everything comes back around, it’s just a circle, when things seem bad they ALWAYS get better.
How have you changed since 15?
It sounds cliche, but just don’t drink as much and take as many drugs. There are some heavy blackouts from a lot of my youth and I wish that wasn’t the case! It’s not a race.
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