Kelly McKellar: ‘I Just Try To Make What I Feel’

Age: 21

City: Boulder, Colorado

Soundcloud: Kelly McKellar

How long have you been creating music?

I’ve been playing the piano and jamming with friends since I was a freshman in high school, but I started producing music about a year ago.

Can you walk me through the process of creating a beat and creating an edit?

Yeah, definitely. So, when I make a beat, I usually start with the drums. Once I have a good rhythm going, I’ll improvise piano over it until I come up with something that I’m really feeling. Then I just kind of build everything else around that.
When it comes to the edits, there are certain songs that I’ll hear and I’ll think “ahh this beat or this flow would sound so good if it was just altered a bit in this way.” I got my inspiration for that from Joe Kay.

What genre would you give your beats?

I honestly try not to think about genre too much because I feel like it can restrict you. I just try to make what I feel.

How would you describe your work in 3 words?

Weird. Soulful. Majestic (I’m looking at you Majestic Casual haha).

What’s your daily inspiration for music?

All of the amazing music that’s already out there. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to add to it.

How have your beats changed from your first release – “Flyin’“?

“Flyin” was kind of an experiment in my dorm room last year hahah. It was the first thing that I made and I just used Garageband and a Microkorg. It’s crazy to think about how much I’ve learned about making music since then. That makes me excited to see what I’ll be doing next year.

Out of the beats you’ve made so far, which stands out the most?

The one that stands out the most, to me, is my “Where Is My Mind” cover. I love the original so much, I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to put my twist on it.

Who are some artists you look up to or inspire you?

Lately, I’ve been finding a lot of inspiration in ‘90s hip hop. One of my favorite beats right now is “The Message” by Lord Finesse. I can’t listen to Geto Boys or some old Dre, for more than a few minutes, without having to try and reconstruct those beats and put my own twist on it hahah. It gets me excited. I also really look up to Soulection, I love what those guys are doing.

Who do you think is the most underrated artist right now?

Chaz Bundick. Dude’s crazy.

I see you’re affiliated with OMG Tennis Club, how did this come about?

Rylan Doyle runs Tennis Club, and he approached me over Soundcloud. I think Soundcloud is great for making connections like that.

What’s your next goal in music making?

To give other people the same feeling that I get when I connect with a song.


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