15 Questions with Local Artist, Keynes Woods

Did you grow up in Ottawa?
I was born in Congo and lived there for 8 years but grew up in Ottawa for the most part.

Tell us about how you got started in music? When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always dabbled in music but I knew I wanted to take it seriously about 2 years ago.

Growing up, who were some of your favourite artists?
I liked Chance, Drake, Kanye & Earl.

How did you make the transition from wanting to make music, to making music?
I kinda just dove straight into it. I can be really impulsive sometimes and this was one of my impulses.

Tell us about your latest single, Groovy?
Groovy is a song I’ve been sitting on for a while. It’s a “groovy” breakup song.

Your single, Threat, has gained a lot of traction since its release in January. Why do you think fans connect with that song?
I think everyone has felt underrated before so it kinda pulls at that emotion/feeling.

Was the video for threat shot in one take? If so, how hard was that?!
I tried it about 7 times and the best take was picked.

Tell us about your ‘The Future’s Past’ collection that dropped this month for 5 days only. Who did you collaborate with to release the apparel?
The design was done by Angelo who’s an amazing artist out of the UK. The entire team came together to make sure sure the quality was up to standard and we collaborated with Everpress for distribution.

Where do you get inspiration from? What makes you different than other artists?
I get inspired by my life experience and I’m different because im me.

Comment on the hip hop/music scene in Ottawa?
It’s growing rapidly and I hope it keeps growing.

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your music career?
Staying confident.

What are some goals for your career?
More and more I find myself wanting to be influential and wanting to have an impact on culture.

What advice do you have for anyone trying to get into the music industry?
Just do you. Be yourself. Work hard at it.

What’s next for you? Any works-in-progress that you’re focusing on at the moment?
Working on a few videos and making some new music as well. I’ll be performing at the Megaphono Festival here in Ottawa in February next year so make sure you come through.

What’s one of your songs that your most proud of to date and why is it so meaningful to you?
I’m proud of all my songs for different reasons. They all represent different stages of my life.


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