Joining us for an interview are the fantastic Keido Bond.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Impact”?
This is my debut single as ‘Keido Bond’ and as the song title suggests, it’s all about making an ‘Impact’ on the music scene and establishing myself as an artist living with Bipolar Disorder. In fact, it is the first time I have openly admitted about my struggles with the highs and lows of my condition and whilst it was quite challenging emotionally, I hope it can help others around the world who can relate to my experiences.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Whilst the lyrical content and theme covers my whole life up until now, particularly focusing on the subject of mental health, the fact I had just relapsed and had entered a full blown Manic Episode definitely shaped the song. Just before I started writing it, things had got so bad that I was sectioned on two different occasions in two weeks. However, with the backing of my family and doctors, I was eventually discharged and that feeling of freedom led me to write ‘Impact’. I guess everything happens for a reason.
How was the film experience?
Working with Eric Myers and the whole team on set was an unforgettable experience. I had never been on a set like that and whilst throughout the whole day everything felt somewhat surreal, I embraced it and with Eric’s direction and the help and support of the whole crew, I was so pleased with what we achieved.
How was the recording and writing process?
From the moment Patrick Osei and I started working together in the studio we were in sync and there was an undeniable chemistry.
I spat the lyrics I had written to Patrick and he instantly had an idea for the beat. As soon as I heard it, I had goosebumps and jumped in the booth.
Everything sounded good but we both agreed it was missing something. That is when Patrick came up with the idea of a Japanese vocal. I wrote it in 5, recorded it in 10 and after a bit of Patrick’s magic, we both knew we had made something special.
I heard that Chris Athens helped with the mastering of the track?
Yes that was a great surprise and I have to say a massive thanks to Patrick who helped me secure and bring him on board.
How has your upbringing influenced you as an artist?
Massively. My mum is from downtown Tokyo and my dad is from Woking and are my biggest role models. Whilst my dad grafted all his life from the bottom to the top of his industry, my mum dedicated her life to raising my brother and I. Despite having all the love and support they gave me, I was a nightmare as a teenager and have put my family through extreme stress and drama from the age of 13 up until now. Whether it was work, education or music, they have always backed me and through my dark times and struggles with mental health they have stuck by me. All I want now is to make them proud of me and if I can do that through music then that would be a dream come true.
What role does being Half Japanese play in your music?
Being an English/Japanese ‘Hafu’ is not only very important to me and an integral part of my life and identity but also influences my music a lot. It means I have two languages I can use and creates a unique sound. My artist name emphasises this as Keido derives from my Japanese grandad and Bond is my surname.
What does the future hold for Keido Bond?
To be honest, right now, I am in a good place for the first time in a long time so I am just embracing all the positivity that has come with my music. If I can help people who have suffered, who are suffering, or have a friend or family member that is suffering with Mental Health, then I will be happy!