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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST KEO

Hi Lads, What made you think that music is a thing for you?

As far as becoming musicians were concerned, my brother Conor and I didn’t really have a choice. We were born into a long line of musicians, entertainers, and showmen that stretches across several generations. As kids, Conor and I pretty much grew up on stage as part of our father’s one-man music and comedy show. We spent most of our childhood touring the states in an old van as his support act. So like I say, we didn’t have much say in it, but having said that, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Introduce us to your band and where are you based.

We formed our band KEO earlier this year after relocating to London from Portugal where Conor and I grew up. We felt we needed to be right at the epicenter of the music industry. Our reasoning was that in order to achieve any level of success in the industry, we had to give ourselves the greatest chance of being in the right place at the right time and we feel that can really only happen at the heart of Britain’s music industry. We soon met up with Ben Gulik, who now plays lead guitar as well as backing vocals, and drummer, Ollie Spackman. My brother Conor plays the bass and I play electric rhythm guitar and sing lead vocals as well as write our original material.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in how do you feel you are doing?

Conor and I have known what we wanted to do since we were 8 and 10. We formed a band at school called The Deverills, we performed contemporary covers at school and in some of the local bars. When weren’t doing that, we were busking. A video of one of our rehearsals was released on Music Crowns and has 1.2 million views. It’s funny looking back as we are just little kids giving it a go, but I suppose that’s what live music should be about. It’s great to see how far we’ve come since those days and we’ve just got to keep on going forward.

We set up RGM USA and many other countries, good idea?

Yeah, a great idea. The perfect platform for any artist to get their music out there in the world.

Let’s share the love what bands are doing well in your town?

After moving to London we were shocked to find just how vibrant the music scene is in the city. One up-and-coming group that springs to mind is Wunderhorse. On arriving in the city I found myself at one of their concerts and was blown away by their power and stage presence. I went on to see Wunderhorse perform four times over the following months until I knew almost every song. A few weeks ago I bumped into Jacob Slater on the tube, the band’s lead singer. We struck up a conversation in the famous Denmark street, playing guitars in a music shop and talking about our shared passion for surfing, he’s a nice guy and his new album Cub is excellent. I really think they’re gonna be big and they deserve it.

What advice would you give other artists starting out?

Always put yourself out there and do something every day that scares you. Also, focus on the music and making that great and not on trying to break it big.

What are your musical history and influences?

Our musical inspiration stems from guitar-driven rock & grunge, the music we grew up listening to like Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, and of course Nirvana. Obviously, we have morphed those influences into our own modern take on that style. But to be honest, I like to think my songwriting isn’t restricted to one particular style of music or another. I want to write songs that stand up on their own, be it with a full on rock band, or just a guy on an acoustic guitar, that’s really important to me. 

Did you buy anything you didn’t need during the pandemic?

I spent the pandemic in Lagos Portugal with my family. I decided to buy myself a new surfboard. Then the following day they made surfing illegal and closed all the local beaches due to the pandemic.

What was your worst experience on stage?

I’ve always had good experiences onstage, especially with the audience. But like all bands, every now and then you run into a PA rig that just isn’t up to scratch or an unprofessional sound engineer. Either way, you know from that point on the gig’s gonna be a tough one. The bad sound onstage is one of my pet hates.



Tell us something about the band that you think we’ll be surprised about.

After one of our shows in Portugal, the owner of the bar (Mellow Loco, Lagos) threw us an awesome after-show party. The booze was flowing freely and everyone got pretty wasted. Our drummer Ollie was so drunk he let the owner give him a smiley face tattoo on his thigh. Ollie didn’t remember a thing until two days later when he rediscovered the tattoo on the flight back to London.

How would you describe your music to an alien?

What makes you think I’d need to describe it? They’re already listening. 

What makes you stand out as a band?

Our musical integrity, attention to detail, and passionate performances. 

I hear you have new music what can you tell us about it?

Our new single, Saying more feeling less is quite a vulnerable dark song. It’s written about guilt and the realisation that you’re doing something over the bar and inconsiderate. It truly feels real to us when we play this song, as the songwriter myself I can’t help but revisit the exact emotions as I felt when writing it when I play it live. I think it’s worth a listen if you like guitar music especially if you’re into the 90’s grunge scene.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing new tunes?

Learning not to settle for less and make sure you get the right mix, even if that takes several attempts.

Is there anything you’d change now it’s finished?

We captured a moment in time, the thought of changing anything isn’t an option.

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