Kojaque knows how to spin a captivating story, creating characters who appear throughout the album and setting the stage in songs like That Deep, a track about a love triangle gone wrong. But he also draws on his emotions when he’s writing, something he says he’s sometimes caught off guard by:
“When you’re writing you can talk about stuff that’s frustrating you or stuff that’s on your mind. Often when you write a song you reveal stuff that might be happening subconsciously and then when you step back from the track you’re like ‘ah I didn’t realise that was there’, so it can be good in that sense.”
Aside from writing, which he’s been doing since he was about 15 years old, Kojaque has some reliable things he returns to when his mental wellbeing takes a dip:
“If I’m feeling really bad, I usually knock the drink on the head and that levels shit out. I like meditation a lot and I use the Headspace app, then I try to get out for a run or exercise. Chatting to my buddies helps and thankfully I’ve got some really good friends who are always there and very open. When I retract a bit from social situations they know it’s a sign things aren’t great behind the scenes.”
Kojaque knows the importance of support when he’s finding things hard, championing counselling and charities like ours for the stuff you can’t talk to your mates about so easily:
“I went to counselling in college and luckily it was free. It took a while to get on the list because services are obviously so stretched and that’s why charities like CALM are good. At the time I was having really bad depression and anxiety. I just didn’t have the tools to deal with it or the proper vocabulary to articulate my feelings and express to other people what was going on and why I felt so bad, so I found it incredibly helpful.