I caught up with rising DJ & Producer KEOTA and got him to share more details of his brand new single “Scars”. In this exclusive interview, you’ll also learn more about some of the story from his beginnings as an artist.
1 — Hello KEOTA, you just released your second single “Scars”. In your opinion, what is this song about?
This song is about love. Love is like a rollercoaster, there are ups and downs and some times you are left with scars which are a reminder of how terrifying yet wonderful love can really be.
2 — Did you write the lyrics? Who is the vocalist?
Me and the vocalist Ashley who is a great friend of mine came up with the lyrics to “Scars”. I chose her due to her beautiful voice and how much of a perfect fit she would be to the beat of my song.
3 — Please tell us about the recording process. What tools did you use in the studio?
Since I cannot afford expensive, nice equipment I mainly stick to FL Studio and my midi keyboard. First I test the waters by messing around on my keyboard with different beats and compressions. Then I will just play around with them until I make a melody, which can take a while. Once I create a melody that touches my heart I then look for a voice that would best fit the melody.
4 — Are you considering collaborations for a remix package?
I have not thought of collaborations for a remix package, but I am open-minded about it and may do so in the future.
5 — Which famous Producers have influenced on your electronic sound?
When I was 12 years old I would always turn on tunes while vacuuming the house. I heard one of my friends talk about EDM music so I tuned to the EDM station on Pandora. The first song I ever heard was Krewella’s “Enjoy The Ride” and I was automatically in love with the genre of music. I love Krewella’s style of music which includes vocal EDM tracks. I know strive to create EDM songs like them, but hopefully, I will be better.
7 —How would you describe the EDM scene in your local city? Have you ever played at clubs?
I come from Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington state. The EDM scene here is very small as not many people listen to that genre of music. However, it has been increasing over the past couple of years. I have played at a couple of clubs in Seattle and in Tri-Cities, but I hope to get my feet more dirty by playing at more clubs and festivals!
8 — Is your family supportive with your artistic career or is it just a hobby?
I do truly love creating music for everyone but it is just my hobby as of now. I am focusing on the United States Marine Corps as I am enlisted and leaving in only a couple of months. However, I do plan to make it a career once I am finished with my term of enlistment and I will still be uploading songs while overseas.
9 — What is probably the most important lesson you have learned since you started producing tracks?
The most important thing I have learned since creating tracks is to have fun. Skill comes from experience and the more experience you gain the more skill you will obtain. I started off on an online EDM music creator and my song was awful. But as you just have fun and try different things you slowly learn more and more. Also, it is important that you love your music. For if it touches your heart it will guarantee touch someone else’s too.
10 — Finally, is there any new tune you’re excited to release soon? If so, can you share with us more details?
I am excited to announce a new song called “Illuminate” that I am currently creating. It will be a Progressive House and, of course, will have amazing vocals.