Interview

Get To Know Keith Canva$ [Interview]

Portland’s latest prodigy has made a name for himself in 2021 with relatable and emotional tracks that will surely put him in the spotlight in the near future. He has showcased his versatile vocal range and beautiful songwriting with two singles, “Valley Girl” and “Fallin in Luv.” Learn more about Keith Canva$ below.

What got you into music when you were younger?

What got me into music, was I’d always write songs and poems as kids. My mom would always have me do stuff with writing. My homie would show me I could do it. I always wanted to be an entertainer. It was always me. I would always dress up as rappers and rehearse in front of my family. It was always a thing.

When did you know it was time to pursue it full time?

We would drop one song and it did super well. I got that feeling and took a trip to LA. We ran into a few people we shouldn’t have been around and they showed me I could do it. I grew into getting much better.

Growing up in Portland, what was that like? Was there a music scene?

I was always in the city. Coming up we had artists. There is a scene. Coming up was weird because it was clique-ish. There was a version of hate. I didn’t face the hate as much as other people. I got a lot of love. It was a dope scene musically and fashion-wise. A lot of great designers out there. To get my foot in the door, I was a model. I would link up with people and do shoots.

Do you plan on making a wave in fashion?

110 percent. Clothes are my thing, and I love modeling. That’s why I haven’t tatted my face. My main goal is to like get on a runaway. I want to walk at fashion week. I want to be on billboards.

Going back to the music, you have two solid singles, first in being “Valley Girl” with Tuxx. Take me through that collab.

Tuxx is the bro. I’ve been wanting to work with him for the longest. We followed each other on the internet before he signed to Internet Money. It was cool to see his come up. When I made the record, I could hear his voice, and I slid it over. He did it, and when I came to LA, we linked up. We made the record before linking up.

Take me through “Fallin in Luv.” What does that single mean to you?

We made “Valley Girl” in the same session. It was just me talking about past relationships that didn’t work out. The ups and downs with things. We wanted more of a happy, pop, “uppity,” type beat. That’s my music: happy and sad. When it came out, we felt relevant.

What message do you want your fans to get from your music?

I want them to know they aren’t alone. No one would understand the things I go through. Those days I realized it is a big world. I feel like people look up to me. I’m honest and very genuine. I don’t hide anything I do. I want people to be themselves. There is nothing without being yourself. They aren’t alone. I want to feel understood. I want to know I’m not alone myself.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

I’ve been taking my time to develop my sound. With life and the pandemic, it hit me mentally. I have a bunch of stuff I’m gearing up to drop. I have some records with KYLE. He is the man. In the next five years I want two to three solid albums. I want to drop two EPs every year. I want to drop more music and go on tours. I want to take care of my mom and dad.

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