Toronto’s Kiesza returns with LP after suffering brain injury in crash
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We recently caught up with Kiesza:
Did anything about your post-accident life prepare you for the isolation and stress of COVID-19 lockdown?
It helped me a lot. I was basically in isolation for a long time. Because when you get a traumatic brain injury, most of them time, and especially in my case, you’re hypersensitive to most stimulation — sound, light, even smell … I had to isolate. I couldn’t go out in the bright sun. I couldn’t even look at snow.”
You were going to open for Lindsey Stirling this year which is now on hold until at least next year due to the pandemic. Did you feel ready to perform?
I was really getting close to coming back to the stage and that was a big deal. I actually didn’t think I’d ever be back on stage. I’d lost a lot of the balance on the left side of my body so that would have prevented me from performing had I not worked at it.
Is being off balance the biggest symptom that remains from the accident?
I think a lot of it was based on actual inflammation within my brain. Putting pressure on my brain. And that’s going down. I had constant pressure in my head which was just continuous. Also my spinal fluid wasn’t pumping properly in my spine and people didn’t catch this for a long time. They were focused so much on my head they didn’t look at my spine, especially my lower spine.
I’m surprised how upbeat Crave is given everything you’ve been through?
I just realized that I wanted to do an album that was positive, uplifting, completely motivational, that would put people in a good mood along with myself. I wasn’t quite ready to dive into everything that I’ve been going through.