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Keshi : A chat with the Houston based singer/songwriter

Keshi is a Houston based producer and vocalistHe has beautifully progressed since first releasing music in 2017. Initially crafting lo-fi beats and using his voice as an added layer of the instrumental, Keshi has since evolved into a genuine singer/songwriter. Blending hypnotic bumps with flower petal lullabies, his sorrowful and emotional tracks will make you feel like crying and smiling at the same time.  

We managed catch up with Keshi during his visit to Singapore and chat about his latest single Right Here and all things music. Check out the interview down below.

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Hey Keshi, to start out could you share with us the last song you listened to?

It’s a song by Marcos G and it’s titled Single (on the weekend). I love finding underground artists that you can vouch for. Have a listen to the song, it’s really good.

Do you have a favourite record?

I feel like the term record gets thrown around a lot. To me that implies something that’s specifically about the quality of how things are recorded and how things sound in the mix. Continuum by John Mayer, that’s a quality record to me and I love it. It’s my favourite.

So this next one is about your latest single ‘Right Here’. Could you tell us about what inspired it?

Right Here was a song that I wrote years ago actually. The original version of it was something I wasn’t quite happy with. I don’t know If you’ve heard one of my older song called Summer but Right Here is actually a sequel to Summer. So it’s about the same person that I had three months with and it touches on the aftermath of what happened after the three months. When it seemed like there were efforts to maybe rekindle. I wanted to make it clear that that’s not what I’m looking for, but if you do need someone to lean on, I’m here for you. So that’s what the song is about.

How long did it take to complete ‘Right Here’ from the first version till the time that you put it up?

It was like four years. We were looking for new music to release and both my A&R and my manager really loved the song honestly. I remember telling them “Well as it is, I’m not happy with it.” So I went back myself and made it into something that I really resonated with. 

Most of your album artwork are photographs, Is there a reason to it?

Yes there is a reason to it. I love art, film and anything that sparks sort of a really strong emotional response. I wanted to make something that was very cohesive as an idea. So with Keshi, I made very conscious decisions to have certain things in certain ways. I needed things that really evoke a specific feeling that compliments the music that I make. For me film delivers these very raw shots that I take with my visual director Kenji and it just matches so well. There’s a certain consistency to it.

What is your favourite song to perform live?

There are two songs in particular. But if I had to give one song, it will definitely be 2 Soon. Only because it is the song that I think really converts people into a big fan. There’s just this emotion that everyone kind of lets out when its being performed live on stage.

You get to collaborate with someone for a single, Who would it be?

I will say Bearface from Brockhampton.

Lastly, if someone wanted to get to know Keshi in three songs, what would they be?

2 Soon, XOXOSOS and Summer.

We would like to thank Keshi for taking the time to chat and Universal Music Singapore for making this happen.