Kashy Keegan – Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I remember I was seven years old and my neighbours next door had a piano. I was instantly obsessed with it and begged my mum to take me to piano lessons. I took piano lessons for a few years to learn the basics. I would always adapt the pieces that I was given to learn and this led me to start writing my own songs around the age of 10. Vocally I was first inspired by gospel music. I’m not religious, but I always found gospel songs very powerful and emotionally charged. It resonated with me and so I joined a workshop choir organised by the London Community Gospel Choir. That’s really where it all began for me.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? The music I grew up listening to was very varied. My mum used to play a lot of George Michael, Elton John and classical music when I was growing up. My brother was a DJ and was constantly playing hip-hop and then I was a fan of a lot of the neo-soul music from the 90s onwards, like India.Arie and Alicia Keys etc. The first song that had a huge impact on me was Mariah Carey’s “Hero”. I first heard it when I was performing in a pantomime production one Christmas when I was 11 years old. The lead actress in the show used to sing the song during every show. I was mesmerised. That song and the message in the lyrics about inner strength and self acceptance were like a lifeline for me growing up. It was such an empowering song and it inspired me to want to start writing songs myself. Since then it’s been my aim to try and write songs, with a similar inspirational message, that might someday be able help others like the song “Hero” helped me.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing? Over 20 years now. My intention for writing songs from day one remains the same – to try and provide some form of inspiration, comfort or healing through music. I consider my niche to be pop songs with an inspirational message. I think we need more songs out there that help people through hard times and ultimately inspire hope.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? Not as much as I would like. I’ve always been a bigger fan of songwriting and working in the studio. My favourite live performance to date was in Hong Kong when I performed my most well known song ‘This Is My Dream’ before an audience of 30,000.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
For me, personally, my career high was when my song ‘This Is My Dream’ went to number 1 on the iTunes chart in Hong Kong. The irony was that I was close to giving up on music at the time and then my biggest career break so so far came along. It was very fulfilling. It took me a total of 15 years before I got a break, but in the end the perseverance paid off.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
http://www.kashykeegan.com https://www.facebook.com/kashykeegan https://twitter.com/kashykeegan https://www.youtube.com/kashykeegan http://smarturl.it/KashySpotify

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