Interview with Keana | Edition XIX.6
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Location: USA, Japan
Describe your sound as if we were deaf:
It’s a celebration of being young, daring, and fun. I like to keep people guessing.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
There are so many talented songwriters & producers out there from award-winning to undiscovered. But as with any relationship, working chemistry is so important. I’m open to working with anyone who allows me to creatively
express myself & grow with my music and are able to bring out the best in me.
As far as artists – Britney Spears & Rihanna. I admire how they dare to be different and how they accomplish anything they put their minds on.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Going to Japan and having (2) #1 singles when I was 15; completing my first album “Still in A Dream” at 16, and having my 5th single go #1 last year has all been a whirlwind and amazing journey. It’s a humbling experience to be so warmly welcomed and supported by so many of my amazing Japanese fans—-I am truly grateful.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I was in a girl group called THE G-GIRLZ for a couple of years. As with any group, things happen and we eventually parted ways. It’s very difficult when you work so hard for so long and see everything fall apart especially being so young (I was only 14).
I’m so thankful that God gave me a strong team who believed in me no matter what. With their help and support, we persevered through that negative experience and launched my solo career in Japan immediately after the breakup.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Edward Maya—there are so many!!
How is the internet changing your craft?
Wow—where do I start? The internet has definitely changed the music industry in major leaps & bounds. It’s definitely equalized the playing field between signed artists and unsigned/indies. Each have just as much leverage if they have the creative know-how to promote themselves & effectively reach their audience. Releasing an album can be as easy as a push of a button. Selling physical copies of CD’s are almost obsolete when you can now download everything online. Outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram make it so much easier to communicate with your fans & engage them on a personal level. These are tools that were not available to artists 7-8 years ago. With the internet, possibilities are definitely endless.
It’s important to me because its what I love to do. It’s important to my fans. That’s all that matters.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
I would love to do movies. I have a few teen edgy films being developed under my Troublemaker Films production banner with my producer partner Bonnie Kanner (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0437801/) and veteran screenwriter Lance Dow who co-wrote my first published book “SOULSTICE: Luna’s Dream”. The first run print edition of the book sold out when it was first released in 2010 but it was recently released on all digital platforms: Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Google Play, for a limited price of only 99 cents. If you like books like Twilight, The Hunger Games, you should definitely check it out!
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