Q&A: Keyes

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We recently caught up with Keyes, the overall Contestant Winner of the Sydney leg of Your Shot in 2013. Since her time at Your Shot, Keyes has secured residences at several of Sydney’s key nightclubs, been booked for events Australia-wide and has supported some of the biggest names in the music scene including Peking Duk, Slumberjack and Tigerlily!

 

 

How would you best describe your music style? Has it changed much since your time at Your Shot?

Trap/Hip-Hop/Party. Definitely has changed since my time with Your Shot. I’ve steered away from big room electronic house and focused more on hip-hop and trap.

 

Of course there were many years of hard work to get you to this point. What are some of your favourite memories from early gigs post Your Shot?

Obviously playing in Japan at WOMB as part of my overseas Your Shot Winner’s prize was by far the most exhilarating experience so far for me in terms of DJing. The crowds are just so different than Australia. A lot of my fondest memories involve hanging out with everybody who I have met through the process. I am a firm believer in supporting the people around you!

 

What are some vital lessons you have learnt so far?

Persistence is a big one. Never compare yourself to others; it’s your own journey not theirs and vise-versa. Also confidence is a really big thing. If you don’t feel confident in what you are doing no one else will have confidence in you.

 

Who or what inspired you to start DJing/producing?

My brother. I used to watch him all the time play and was always so jealous. I was trained in piano from my teenage years and obviously love music, so he encouraged me to give it ago. In terms of production I have been writing lyrics and songs based on the piano for a very long time. Transferring that and making it electronic is another story. To be honest the Australians producing great music right now inspire me the most in that field. It’s so complex and so many Aussies are dominating.

 

Can you tell us one interesting fact most people wouldn’t know about you?

I am a full time high school teacher!

 

What is one piece of advice you would give someone thinking of registering for Your Shot?

Remember to network with EVERYONE. Also good luck! ☺

 

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