KESHO (pronounced ‘kay-sho’) is 22-year-old Kenyan born/ Southampton based Connor Daniel, He recently caught up with Music Promotions about his music, what he looks for in music production and much more.

What’s the story behind ‘Fire Love’?The song was actually written within a day. I co-wrote Fire Love with Lady V, Amber Van Day and Paul Whalley, it was our first session together! I was revolving around the song’s chords in the studio playing them on loop, from that came all the vocal melodies and Paul added his production magic. I think by the time we had the chords down, it was pretty obvious that the song needed to move into a positive, uplifting vibe about the thrill of  the chase between two people. 

You’ve been productive in music for a long time, what do you look for when you’re  producing a song? Honestly, it can be different every time. More often than not, it’s the chords that speak to me first. I get pretty obsessive about kick drums combining with bass instruments too; I can spend hours trying to to make the kick and bass ‘speak’ to each other rather than fight for room, if that makes sense. I’m a strong believer that ‘Chorus is King’, so killer toplines matched with dramatic production is always a winning formula in my eyes.

What is the whole studio set up for you? All I really need is a good set of speakers, my laptop, midi keyboard and a mic. Studio software has come so far, I have all the analog synthesizers, compressors etc you’d find at a top end recording studio literally a click away within my laptop. There’s no doubt the real physical gear is unrivalled, but the software emulations still sounds pretty great to me.  

Are you currently working on a album?I definitely have enough material for an album but I think in the modern music game where I currently stand, releasing a flow of singles is the best option. I’d want to build my fan base a whole lot more before I feel ready to release a body of work into the world. 

hat would you say best describes your music? Energetic, moving, danceable. I rarely listen to ballads and if I do, their production is mostly electronic and incredibly complex. I’ve loved upbeat music for as long as I can remember, and making people dance is an unreal feeling. 

Do you work with other artists producing and writing? Absolutely! I’m happy being in a room as either the artist, writer or producer. Collaboration is beautiful and I love hearing someone else’s ideas, the ones that I would have never even thought about. Even for the technical stuff like vocal harmonies, there’ll be times I’m thinking of a completely different melody to a co-writer and we’ll end up using one, the other, or combining both!

Who in the charts currently would you love to work with? Billie Eilish’s brother and producer Finneas is an absolute monster (meant in the best way possible). I love both his production and songwriting and really, just the way he ‘sees’ music is fresh and exciting. I’d love to make a beat for Kendrick Lamar too, I’d just sit back and fangirl over his lyrics/flow to be honest!

What music do you listen to? I’d say 70% Hip-Hop, 30% Electronic and 10% Pop. Which is funny considering I’m a (left-field) Pop artist. I’ve been Hip-Hop obsessed forever, all the gigs I go to are for either rappers or Hip-Hop producers and I have so much fun producing it when I have the time. 

Any touring plans?Working on new music and trying to build a fanbase that will come to the tour first!

Tell us something about you people would be surprised to know?I was a dancer before an artist. From a young age I was trained in Hip-Hop/streetdance, I guess that’s where the rhythm comes from.

Anything you’d like to add that I haven’t asked with this interview? If Finneas reads this – lets make a beat.

Quick fire fun round Big arenas or small intimate venuesBig arenas = better sound systems

Apple Music or Spotify Spotify

Star in a movie or produce a movie sound track? I’m a terrible actor, soundtrack for sure!

Big label or independent?Independent up to a point, then big label. I’d very much like to own my own Masters though!

Physical cd or streaming? As much as cd sales would do the music industry good, I’m a serial streamer.