Born and raised in the small town of Kraaifontein with the longing to expand his horizons and escape the monotony of small town life Keanan turned to music. Musicality runs in his family with his dad playing in a band for as long as he can remember and his grandfather playing guitar, Keanan grew up with The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty as a soundtrack.
As a quiet kid that lived a lot in his head, his dad taught him how to play the guitar around the age of 11, hooked on the guitar and the way he felt when he played it soon became a vice, and then a passion. As a boy of few words the guitar seemed to ignite a fire, the words that used to be trapped in his head came tumbling out and he discovered a love for writing poetry and lyrics and more importantly the ability to express himself in a way that might resonate with others.
In his own words ‘My song writing started off slow, I found myself very interested in lyrics that were symbolic, or cryptic, the kind that forces you to find your own meaning, or forces you to look at things through a different lens. The songs I write now mostly reflect how we view ourselves, and a lot of it is self-reflection. I feel a connection with putting myself in the shoes of another to try and bring some truth that I have not yet experienced. My music is my most honest and raw form of who I am and my thoughts and feelings about love, the self, family and life itself. I never wish to drown in the dense music industry we have today, therefor I am always looking for new and exciting ways to write a song and share it with the world.”
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I think I've opened up a lot more artistically compared to a few years
back when I was quite unsure of what I wanted to do with my music. I'd
I have to say that now I have found "my sound" and I have clear goals
for what lies ahead.
How did you come up with your latest project?
The song, Dixie Clouds, came one night as just some cool little guitar
riff I played while in my room just messing around on the guitar. I
i really liked it so then what I usually do is record it on my phone. A
few days later I started making up words to it and I remembered
rushing home that night and basically finishing it in one rush. When
the excitement and all the right elements fall into play, the songs
come rather quickly.
Where are you from originally?
I am from Cape Town, a small Northern Suburbs area called
Kraaifontein. Born and raised.
Where do you live now?
Currently I am living in Cape Town
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Not really all that much. Most of my inspiration comes from the
inside, from people and feelings and concepts. Location hasn't really
had an impact on how my music is made, unless you envision yourself
somewhere far away, but I don't think that would be the same.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
All throughout life we get a certain rush, whether it's from a book, a
movie, a song or maybe even running through a field (maybe even all of
the above). I feel that some of those give more of a rush than others,
to me that was music. It felt right, chasing the biggest rush.
How do you want to shape your career?
That's a difficult question. It's all very dynamic in terms of how we
do things still, but creatively, I'd have to say as long as I can look
back at what I am doing and feel proud I am happy. I absolutely love
performing, being in studio, rehearsing, writing and meeting new
people of the industry, so as long as the journey is fun and the work
is from the heart, that's the road I'd like to walk.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when
it comes to your music?
Me and my team have been fortunate enough in that sense actually, most
of the legwork and "beforehand" effort has been done months prior to
the launch of this entire musical career, back when we were only
recording. So it does not really feel like we work on a tight timeline
in a stressful sense. We get a lot done in a good time, for sure. But
time seems to disappear when you're having fun.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
It was one of the lines I sang in the song, and it felt like it could
be "the line." That one line in a song people might remember forever.
Iconic, if you will. It seemed far out and dreamy, and I liked that.
And everyone can find their own meaning in Dixie Clouds
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
The hardest part is just making sure the heart feels right with the
final product. But if so, then it isn't hard to let go of it. I am
excited for the world to hear it, to see what they would feel. I know
my name is on it and no bad can come from releasing the songs (not
including a subjective negative opinion lol).
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Most certainly, it's the most personal experience to go through.
Writing a song, bringing it to life and releasing it to the world.
It's a part of you that reflects the bits of you that you choose to
put in. I definitely have an emotional attachment to my music.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't
listened to it yet?
Dreamy (in the strange far-out sense, not the hunky blue eyed boy way)
Where do they go to listen NOW?
Keanan Eksteen on Spotify, Youtube and all major streaming platforms.
They can also follow me at @keananeksteenlive on instagram and twitter
to get the latest updates about shows, tours and new music.
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I'd have to go with the May 7th show we did, when singing Dixie
Clouds. The last verse is very quiet, basically just my vocals and a
soft strumming guitar. That night, at that moment, everyone was
singing those last lines with me, almost louder than me, and it felt
like absolute magic. If I had dropped dead that night I'd have died a
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Indeed there is. The latest news coming up is the EP record I will be
releasing near the end of July, called FOREVER, that will contain 6
original tracks. We also have a tour through Europe at the end of July
through August. And before, in between and after that, live shows.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Always do. The next show has not yet been confirmed in terms of a
date, except for our Europe tour shows. But locally, if fans would
like to keep an eye out, just watch the social media pages for
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
Instagram and Twitter - keananeskteenlive
Facebook - Keanan Eksteen Live
Keanan Eksteen (YouTube)