KESHO is 22-year-old Kenyan born/ Southampton based Connor Daniel, an artist whose music knows no boundaries. The name means ‘Tomorrow’ in Swahili, as KESHO hopes to be the sound of the future. Having just released new track, Fire Love, The Fountain caught up with Connor on the new single, and the rest of his plans for 2019.
TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?
Yeah I was super nervous… It’s been great though and I’ve loved the reception so far. I released my first ever music video and the response to that has been amazing. The novelty of new audiences from all over the world discovering your music still hasn’t worn off for sure. I’m not afraid to admit I look through all my YouTube and Facebook comments and so far I’m really happy with them.
TF: With a title like Fire Love, what can we expect from the single?
It’s not just your average Pop single. I feel the Drop carries real weight and power and the vibe in general is on the ‘cool’ side of Pop (I hope so, at least!). I had an absolute blast writing this with some crazy good collaborators in the form of Lady V, Amber Van Day and Paul Whalley and by the end of the session we were all buzzing about the song, hopefully that translates to whoever listens.
TF: And are you promoting this with a tour, can we look forward to seeing you live soon?
I absolutely love playing live, it’s one of the best feelings on this planet for me. However, I’m really trying to get a body of work together that builds an audience that enables me to fill the venues I’d like to be playing. Like so many artists, I’ve played so many gigs on the wrong line up or to the wrong audience (sometimes to no audience at all!!). I feel like some artists are scared to talk about all the bad gigs before they went onto the arenas etc, I love hearing about those! Don’t get me wrong though, when the ‘right’ gigs come along I’m buzzing to play them.
TF: What more can we look forward to from you this year, an EP, and album ?
Unless I miraculously write a Christmas smash hit I think I’m going to think about release plans for early next year. I’ve got enough material for about two albums, which is more stressful than you think! I have to really sit down and listen to every demo and decide which tracks should be the singles and go to town; polish them up and finish them.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
Funnily enough, about four years ago I was in a 4-piece band and we got booked for a festival in a Lancashire town I don’t remember the name of. Long story short, we were on the bill with all these teen icons… some famous from YouTube, Vine, Britains Got Talent etc and we were ridiculously out of place which just made the whole gig absolutely hilarious (and kinda tragic). All these kids thought we were famous and were asking for autographs without having a clue what our name even was! We rented out this unreal cottage for the night and crashed the neighbours house party after the festival so at least there was some form of Rock & Roll lifestyle going on that weekend!