Keyton : 'I knew I wanted to be a performer, and just never looked back.'

We were fortunate enough to interview artist Keyton.

1) When did you realize that you had a passion for music?

Growing up in the south, my folks always listened to gospel/blues/southern rock, and I absolutely loved it. After discovering Elvis at the age of 5 I knew I wanted to be a performer, and just never looked back. haha

2) Who are your main influences as an artist?

Things took a turn in my teens. I started listening to punk rock at 14, learning guitar at 15, and was in a pop punk band by 16. During those times emo rock and pop punk music (Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, etc) was SUPER prevalent and that writing style stuck with me as a writing influence, even to this day.

3) What would you like to achieve as an artist?

I would love to have my music featured on movies, or TV shows. I have toured, recorded and released albums, played some neat stages and honestly done some cool things, but there is something timeless about having your music featured on TV, or movies.

4) What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?

Back when I was touring, I got the chance to open for some of my idols. The Ataris, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Anthony Raneri (Bayside), and Mike Herrera (MXPX) come to mind.

5) How has COVD-19 affected touring?

Person to person engagement came to a screeching halt when the pandemic hit. Even though my last tour was several years ago, I can't even go to a studio to record new music! I'm so thankful for the technology to record at home, and email tracks to a producer. -That was the main method I used to record four brand new songs this year, for my most recent project.

6) Tell us a little more about the most recent musical project?

For all four songs I recorded vocals, guitar, bass, and programmed drums at home. From there, I sent the tracks to my producer Bryan Papic, who lives in Chicago. They turned out amazing! I'm releasing one new song every Friday in December (Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, etc.), and couldn't be more excited!

7) If our readers want to learn more about you, where can they go?