15 Nov 2019
A huge sense of pride is felt at Magic Life as we learn of the achievements of Muz and his work at KeyChange, Keychange provides music industry-focused mental health recovery services in hospitals and the community. for musicians, songwriters, lyricists, producers, vocalists and MC’s
Muz has been working with KeyChange and his efforts and have been featured in Barnet Hospitals “Trust Matters magazine” below is an extract from the article.
Hip hop artist Muz says “I try to motivate me and give confidence to myself with my music. I want to impress Pete and the producers and the other artists.” Nearly six years after leaving Chase Farm, Muz is set to release an EP on the Key Changes record label.
Music and working with the staff, volunteers and other users of KeyChange is a massive part of Muz’s life as he continues to make his way in the community. He entered the secure hospital system at 16 and spent eight years there.
We talk outside the fabulous Old St-based St Luke’s Community Music Centre which is Key Changes’ base on a sunny afternoon. Inside, the charity’s staff and volunteers are giving practical advice on music and the industry before the monthly live mic session – a performance opportunity Muz doesn’t pass up.
“I love performing showing them what I can do. I always wanted to be a performer. I started rapping when listening to rap and have been rapping from then to now. I still enjoy myself, the other artists say that I give a good performance and they give me confidence.”
Catching sight of some late spring flowers fluttering beside us as Muz drinks some juice, he says: “I can make music anywhere… like photosynthesis.” Thinking about the upcoming release of his EP, Muz says: “I know I’ve been in prison. There are guys who know I’ve been in prison and
who will think ‘he’s been on a long journey’. That is why I want to make music with impact.”He continues: “Friends and family said they knew I could sing but you have to put in the effort: there is never only one way to do it.” But the Key Changes way of doing it
is working just fine for Muz right now.
“I met Pete just after leaving Chase Farm and he showed me the studios in Caledonian Rd. I make the best use of the time there.” Pete and the Key Changes team and community are clearly a big source of support. He mentions that Pete has been to his home in the supporting housing scheme where Muz insists he’s doing well. “The doctor and supported housing people are all happy with me, I’ve got my independence and there are no complaints.”