New Orleans native, Keithian talks exclusively to Starpulse about his new single, 'Butterflies', how he got started in the music industry and who inspires him the most.
Starpulse: How did you get started in music?
Keithian: I started in a Youth Gospel Group… There I got all the experience that you could imagine at a young age.
Starpulse: Who are your inspirations?
Keithian: Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravtiz, Jay-z, Kanye West, & Beyonce.
Starpulse: Growing up in New Orleans, you must have had music in your blood. Does your
home city still inspire you?
Keithian: There is no place in this world like New Orleans. It inspires me to the fullest. It’s also, a place with rich culture and history. I think everyone from that town is mysteriously musically talented.
Starpulse: You started your career in Gospel, was it tough to transition to R&B/Pop?
Keithian: It actually wasn’t tough at all… I got kicked out of the gospel group because I was dancing and “grinding” while singing. My mom was like, “I guess you should be singing something that you can dance to.”
Starpulse: What was the craziest experience you had while working with one of the various artists you have produced/performed with?
Keithian: I can’t name any names, but one of the artists came and said we have only 15minutes to finish this song because he had to go to a dinner… After working for about 15 minutes he was like we should just go to the dinner and come back and finish the song. I was like, “we” and he was like yes… So we went to the dinner and met up with another huge producer and then we finished the song with him.
Starpulse: Tell me about your new song, ‘Butterflies’
Keithian: Man, that song was an accident. I went into the studio and just played around. I really did not know that ‘Butterflies’ was a hit until other people told me that it was. It’s about that feeling someone gives you when you “experience” with them, and I just put all that I was feeling in song…I wrote the song after leaving my ex-girlfriend’s house.
Starpulse: What is your best advice for young artists in the business?
Keithian: Know what you want, how to get what you want and why you want it… then give your “all” to it and you will achieve it. Once you have done that you would have invested “you” into your craft and you won’t give up. God helps those who help themselves.
Starpulse: What's up next for you?
Keithian: Complete my EP and release it… Then possibly go on tour.