The Bay Bridged: Your best experience at Outside Lands?
James Keogh: When I got here, we were pretty hungry because we had a long flight. We got here, went out and got some split pea soup. It was so good. It was the best soup I ever had; the best I can remember. It’s a bit chilly, and it’s warming my heart.
TBB: You have a law degree. How did you find yourself as a musician?
Keogh: I’ve always loved writing music. I was halfway through my law degree and I’d written a couple songs I was really proud of. The dream of being a musician was growing in my heart. By the time I finished my degree a couple years ago, I had written about four or five songs that … I wanted to show the world. I could have tried to go and get a job, but I thought, I’m going to spend a year doing this music and see where that road takes me. I went straight into it, and since then, I haven’t looked back.
TBB: Any chance of you going back into law?
Keogh: Not really. I really don’t think that I’d go with law. If I wasn’t doing music, I’d do teaching or something else, like be a librarian.
TBB: You were also an athlete. And you also played football. Does that mean soccer, or rugby?
Keogh: It means neither. It’s an Australian sport called Australian rules football. It’s full-contact. It’s physically intense as rugby, but you need to run around more. If you type it into YouTube, you can see how mad this game is.
TBB: How high up did you go? Are we talking college or pro?
Keogh: We don’t really have a college system. But it’s the league below the big proper league – semi-professional. You get a little bit of money but not much. … If you love it enough, you persist through the injuries.