Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Feature: April Keen (23/07/13)

April Keen

Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
From: Blackpool, England

April is a 16 year old singer/songwriter. She started uploading covers on YouTube 2 months ago, and has also got some original songs up 'Black & White' and 'Candle'. They are both stunning showcases of her sound.

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I must of started getting into music from quite a young age. We had a karaoke set at home so from about 2/3 years old I sang karaoke ALL the time - you couldn't get me off it! I really began getting into music when I was 4 and joined my first school talent show and ended up going on it every year at my primary school until I left. I didn't play any instruments seriously until I was 14 when I picked up the guitar.

2. What was the first concert/gig/festival you went to?
I haven't really had the opportunity to see many artists and I can't remember exactly what my first concert was but I certainly do know my favourite gig, and that was Lewis Watson's gig at Sound Control 10th June 2013. So not that long ago but I have to admit I was absolutely mind blown.

3. What have you been listening to lately?
Passenger, Lewis Watson, Lauren Aquilina and Laura Marling.

3 Questions for April...

1. What was one of the first albums you bought? 
I never bought any albums myself when I was younger, so the first album I bought with my own money has to be Ryan O'Shaughnessy. He's just too perfect!

2. Where do you hope to be in 3 years time? 
In 3 years? I hope to be gigging around full time really (it's a lot to ask for isn't it - typical me). I really hope to have my first EP out and just to be loving what I'm doing (whatever that may be - fingers crossed it's music!!)

3. When you wrote 'Candle' what came first - lyrics or melody? 
Lyrics. It normally is lyrics although the melody almost comes immediately after. I always think of lyrics at the oddest times - they just seem to pop into my little brain when I least expect it!

Any other things you'd like to share/say?
Unfortunately, I don't have any albums, EPs or any professionally recorded tracks as it is but I really hope and plan to have those things eventually. For the mean time I post videos on YouTube, normally covers, although you will hear some originals (if I'm feeling generous). Please do subscribe to my channel, like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter if you like - I really do appreciate it.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/aprilkeenxo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/April-Keen/119519714897789
Twitter: http://twitter.com/aprilkeenmusic
Website: (although not much is happening there at the mo) http://www.aprilkeenmusic.com

All my love, April xo

Check It Out!

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Live Performance: Talk To Me - Lauren Aquilina

'Talk To Me' is from Lauren's second EP 'Sinners'. Lauren is an unsigned artist that is currently sat at #4 in the iTunes Main Album Chart... 'Sinners' the single from Lauren's EP is also the free single of the week on iTunes... 

Sinners EP: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sinners-ep/id661812779 
Free Single: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sinners-single/id669500456

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'Love Me Again' originally by John Newman, covered by Nina Nesbitt on Radio 1 Live Lounge... 

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