When we started the "Producer Spotlight" it was about truly bringing light to the true creatives of the music we here. After hearing "Everything Leaves a Mark" by KEEPITREALCOLE, We knew we had to get him on here. KEEPITREALCOLE has a sound that will keep your head nodding while enjoying his artistry. KEEPITREALCOLE was gracious enough to take the time to answer a few questions. The spotlight in on KEEPITREALCOLE!
Who is KEEPITREALCOLE the Producer?
KEEPITREALCOLE is just a kid from Michigan with genuine love and
passion for music. I say “kid” as if I’m not 28 years old, but I’ll
always be a kid at heart. I’m a relatively quiet person, no matter
where I am, and it’s not because I don’t have anything to say, I’m
always thinking about something, but expressing myself through art and
music has always been the most fulfilling and satisfying.
How did you get into producing?
Music and film have always been the two mediums of which I find the
most creative inspiration, but music has played the biggest part
throughout my entire life. I think we all have an idea of what the
“soundtrack to our life” would sound like, but I wanted to have the
ability to create my own so I decided to start creating music.
What production software do you use and why?
Right now I’m 100% Logic. I know a lot of people make arguments for
Reason or Ableton being the DAW’s producers “should” use, but I think
artists should use whatever medium helps them express their art in the
most complete way. For me, Logic has always felt the most comfortable
from the shortcuts to the layout. I do, however, want to get into more
engineering in 2019 so I’m sure I’ll start learning Pro Tools
What was the creative process for your new project “Everything Leaves a Mark”?
It’s funny, the original idea for ELAM wasn’t what it came out to be.
I came across an old picture of me as a kid and I remembered exactly
where I was, who I was with, what I was doing, everything. I
remembered what it was like to be that kid, but I was in the process
of closing out a lot of old cycles in my life and I was still coming
to terms with the person I am now. “Everything Leaves a Mark” was sort
of my way of saying, “I’m still me, I’m still that kid you remember,
but life happened to me as it happens to everyone else and things are
a little different now.”
What do you want people to take away from “Everything Leaves a Mark”?
This is always a tough question for me to answer because who am I to
tell someone how they should digest what I create? For all of my work,
though, there is a lot of time and emotion that goes into creating it
so if there is one thing I want people to walk away with it’s that
they felt something.
What was your favorite project to work on and why?
Each project I’ve done has been fun in their own respective ways. With
“Job Well Done” I was trying to get my feet beneath me in terms of
producing music and sharing it with the world and you can definitely
hear that in the way it sounds. When it comes to “Everything Leaves a
Mark” I was finally stepping into my own lane and creating my own
sound. It’s always great to come out with a finished product you’re
proud of, but I think my favorite part of it all is the process of
Which artist would you love to collab with and why?
For me, when it comes to collaboration, it’s less about the quality of
work the person has produced and more about the quality of person they
are. The artists I’m most inspired by right now are Nipsey Hussle, Bon
Iver, Royce da 5’9”, Nils Frahm, and Stephan Moccio so they’re at the
top of my list. I’m also really inspired by film so I would love to
work on a film score with Hans Zimmer or Junkie XL someday. I work
collaboratively with inspiration so if I’m inspired by someone or
something, I’ll always try to find a way to create with it. The work
always speaks for itself, but I want to align myself with genuine
people and authentic artists, no matter the “genre.”
What’s next for KEEPITREALCOLE?
Right now I’m working on a new project for 2019. In the past, I’ve
always kind of relied on “one project a year,” but I’ve come to
realize I was sort of holding myself back. So, my hope is to make 2019
my first multi-release year while also not forcing anything. I’m
working with a lot of different sounds right now, sounds I haven’t
worked with in the past and sounds that probably shouldn’t go with one
another, but I’m constantly finding new ways to make them all fit into
one cohesive project. I’m having a lot of fun with it, which is all
I’m about moving forward; fun and freedom.
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