Kev Kelly

Interview: Chatting with Kev Kelly about “Faster”

Indie-pop artist Kev Kelly recently released the first single, “Faster,” from his upcoming two-part EP.

Talking about “Faster,” Kev says, “I hate when couples call each other their “partner in crime”. My guy, you and Trent are going to Chipotle, you’re not committing federal offenses. So, what if you actually committed a crime? What if you and your ‘PIC’ robbed a god damn bank together. Bet you’d turn on one another real quick huh? Money feels better when you don’t have to share it. Fuck outta here.”

At the age of four, Kev began playing the piano. Once on the musical yellow brick road, he didn’t wander off in another direction. In 2020, he released his debut EP, Saint KDKV, featuring “Soon” and “Everything’s On Fire.” “Everything’s On Fire,” a song about the end of a relationship, took the third spot on the Commercial Pop UK Club chart.

“Faster” opens on gleaming shimmers of color, topped by Kev’s deliciously evocative voice, a voice at once edgy and sighing, as well as alluring. Brimming with captivating leitmotifs, “Faster” pushes ahead with vibrance, ebbs and and rises on seductive textures, and beguiles listeners.

CelebMix caught up with Kev Kelly to ply him with questions about what inspires his music, his definition of tone, and which artists he’s listening to right now.

What three things can’t you live without? 

My dog, Timber, my family, and DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket,

What inspired your new single/music video, “Faster?” 

Murder and such.

Who directed the video and where was it shot? 

Filmed primarily in Malibu, CA. Shot, edited and directed by Pat & Nick Demarais.

Are you satisfied with the way the video turned out? 

No, I hate it.

What’s your definition of tone?  

When you bulk up and then diet and start lifting weights. My mom always told me to watch my tone and I still haven’t learned how to do that.

Did your sound develop naturally, or did you deliberately push it in a certain direction? 

I have never thought about it. I just make whatever is in my head.

What got you into music? 

Juicy by BIG.

Which artists/musicians had the most impact on your sound? 

I don’t know about specific artists. I just watched a lot of TV and movies and wrote songs I thought would fit better than the ones they chose.

Which artists in your opinion are killing it right now? 

Dua Lipa always.

What inspires your writing? Do you draw inspiration from poems, music, TV, or other media? 

When my sports teams rip my heart out and spit in my face repeatedly for decades, but I still love them all the same.

Which comes first? Lyrics or melody? 

Coffee.

What can your fans expect over the next six months? New material? Live gigs?  

I don’t know what to expect next week let alone six months from now. The pandemic taught me to never promise to show up anywhere at a certain time. But yes, more music.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.