Kirsty Keatch (Musician): We Have To Believe In Ourselves, Our Capabilities, Our Resources

I love the wide open spaces of Scotland, the white coral beaches of the Hebrides and humour of the people. I appreciate these things all the more because, when I was a child, I used to live in a tiny village in Ibiza . When everyone else seemed to descend on Ibiza in August, my family came back to Scotland and went on exciting road and ferry trips. Being a sensitive creature though, I always felt really sad about leaving one place or another and soon, I was using the imagery of the contrast between my two homes in my music, to express how I felt about transient and long distance relationships, in a broad sense of the word.

My music is based on looping up guitar driven music, and when I was younger, I heard a magic in the Reindeer Section albums, I loved the idea of all these musicians coming together in great creative sessions. Living in rural Ibiza, without Internet, my music was a creative but solitary pursuit.

When I was 16, I was a winner of the Make It Break It song writing competition for teenagers: Mark Radcliffe described my song, Little Butterflies as “a heartbreakingly gorgeous, ethereal pop track”. After that, I did a project with Ibiza Chill Out DJ, Jose Padilla and we released two singles with Warner Spain and had the fun of making a music video for both, Dragonflies and Helios. At present I am enjoying studying music technology at the University of Edinburgh, experimenting with the creative opportunities of electroacoustic music.

Out of all this I have become an independent learner, and I value the importance of self belief, self reliance and self sufficiency but not in a selfish way. I am proud to be Scottish, and having lived on a small Spanish island that’s fiercely passionate about its own identity, its own language and wrestles with the effects of isolation from central government, I can understand the vision of an independent Scotland. We have to believe in ourselves, our capabilities, our resources.

I am excited about how National Collective is encouraging the hopes and aspirations of creative Scots. Sometimes our dreams are impractical, but Scotland’s inventiveness, resourcefulness and creativity is a key to their realisation. I am fed up of negative and destructive attempts to play down Scotland through the media. Showcasing and encouraging Scotland’s contemporary art, music and talent makes a positive and crucial statement, building the confidence that is needed to take that leap of faith from indifference to independence.

Kirsty Keatch

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  1. Christa Jensen

    Speaking the truth (not all the truth, but since this is a site about the creative and intangible I will leave out the rest). What is needed is a belief in what the Scots can do as a nation. To trust the group as a whole. In these contemporary times, Scotland can work together, more so than ever before in the country’s turbulent history. It’s so crucial that the arts and help define what being Scottish means. First you define who you are as a Scot and then you really know whats worth fighting for.

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