Black Midi‘s Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin has confirmed that he’s been taking some time off from the band recently due to mental health issues.
The London four-piece shared their guitarist’s short statement on his mental health in a post on their social media channels earlier this morning (January 15).Read more: Speedy Wunderground: The cult label on working with Squid, Black Midi and more
Kwasniewski-Kelvin said in his statement: “I’ve been taking some time off from the band as I have been mentally unwell.
“Because of this, I haven’t featured on forthcoming material. I’ll be back soon.”
Accompanying Kwasniewski-Kelvin’s statement was a post from Black Midi, who said that they are “fully behind our best mate in his recovery and can’t wait ’til we can all be + play together again soon”.
Here's a message from Matt explaining his recent absence from the band. We're all fully behind our best mate in his…
“It almost goes without saying but please respect Matt’s right to privacy surrounding this,” the band added.
Black Midi also recommended the work of the Samaritans in the UK for those people who might be struggling with their mental health and need someone to talk to.
“Do reach out to friends/family/loved ones to let them know how you’re feeling, you’d be surprised at the lengths people will go to help you,” Black Midi said.