Interview with Keeper

Emerging alternative pop-rock artist Keeper is destined to become the talk of the town with hypnotising new anthem ‘Soul’. Based in London, Keeper has been described as an ‘artist you need to hear’ by Alternative Press. Having received support from Spotify playlists such as ‘New Pop UK’, ‘Hyper Pop’ and ‘Misfits 2.0’, it’s fair to say that Keeper is turning heads. Drawing inspiration from the likes of pop-punk, emo and hyper-pop music, Keeper could easily find himself supporting the likes of Enter Shikari, Neck Deep, Glaive and Dorian Electra.

To anyone new to your music, name three words that best describe your sound

Energetic, hopeful and rambunctious

Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!

I’m Keeper. I’m a 22 year old musician from outside London. Ive been doing music for most of my life now, from playing in and out of punk and grunge bands, to rehersals with pop punk and metalcore acts, this latest iteration of musical output is an excuse to write some hyperpop and emo trap songs. My hidded talent is probably being annoying. Its not really hidden, I’m very good at it, so everyone around me already knows. Some might say, I even excel at being annoying.

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

If were talking just in general, probably bands like Rage Against The Machine and Busted. But career wise, The momentt when I thought, I could do that…. Probably watching band documentries, specifically the Paramore The Final Riot! It made being in a band look soooooo much fun.

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

I write lyrical notes here and there. Sometimes they make it into a song. But I’m a guitarist first and foremost, so I always start with the instrumentation first. I can change it later depending on lyrical placement or meolody, but that Skeleton of the song needs to be down first before I start writing. I like to have a picture in my head, knowing where the build ups and climaxes will be and then fitting the lyrics around that.

Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?

I’ve never performed live with this project due to Covid, so I can only really talk about the recording of it, which has been a lot of fun, very random at times. Overall, I’ve always prefered live. Most of my years growing up were spent been playing live. I love it, even if no one but your Mum and Dad is watching you, its great, just having fun with your mates.

Who are your main musical influences and why?

These always seem to change. Obviously, some stay and hang around longer. The big ones currently, probably Neck Deep, Enter Shikari, Dorian Electra, Shinigami and Charli XcX. I’m hopefully doing some new stuff that has an Architects and Wage War meet 100 Gecs vibe soon. Thats gonna be tight, I’m really looking foward to that. Neck Deep and Enter Shikari are acts I’ve been listening to for years now, going through a current revamp wave atm. Shinigami I’ve listened to for a while, love all his work. And Dorian Electra is just simply amazing, they have such a briliant way with music, its always so creative.

If you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

Ouuffff, hard question. I could say, how cut throat it is. I’ve had mates that have had to have their entire catalogue deleted because their label screwed them over. But is that reflective of just this industry? Nope. I think most issues we have within the industry are reflected in all industries and are just a bigger reflection of the social structures and society we’ve created around us as a whole. I think to change and eliminate one, you have to change it everywhere.

What would be your dream support gig? Bonus points for place/venue.

Ooooooo, Currently, with the music ive been working on. Entershikari Lil Lotus Static dress then Me…..pls….. Underworld in Camden. I’ve played it once and it was amazing, would kill for that experience again. 9. If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be? Obv, the big ones would be Kurt and Jimi Hendrix. But………hmmmm Sophie (Xeon) would be awsome. They were an amazing producer, gone way tooooo soon.

What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?

Don’t quit things if your not sure. I tend to run exclusivley on impulse. I need to learnt to stop and think. Do things for me, not how they sound, or how they might impressive others, but for me. If it fails, it fails, who cares.

Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!

Stick to your guns “The Sun The moon The truth”, Dorian Electra “Flamboyant”, and Fatse “Old me”. All bangers.

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

I have soooo much music ready. Depeniding on how much money I can muster, hopefully I should have 4 or 5 out in the next couple months, with loads in the back ready for the following year. 13. What’s the music scene like where you are from? Punk, grunge and indie. If your forming a band here, you legally have to choose one of those.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

Soul is a straight up pop song. Super quick and easy. Its about a change of scenery. Getting away from the worn-out and used, and hopeing for something new. When writing, I was listening to a ton of Ed Sheeran, Polyphia and 100 gecs. Sorta came about through that.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

I think largely and relatively speaking, It’s only helped. Sure, people pirating is an issue, but are they still not “fans”? They’ll still probably buy tickets to your show, and if not, who cares! They’re probably struggling, can they not have some enjoyment? It’s never been easier to get your music out there and heard, literally just need the internet and a distrokid.

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