My music tells a story. Anytime I write, I’m in a heighten emotional state and everything I’m feeling is infused right into the lyrics, unfiltered. My music is my therapy. My music is the one place where I don’t have to hide. My music is honestly me.
Listen to the interview Episode #560: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax
Interview by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Band Name: Keisha Sounds
Song name: Demons featuring DJ BENJI
Music Genre: Urban Pop
This song ‘Demons’ is about the insecurities and negative thoughts I’ve battled with for years. I hide it well. Most people think I’m extremely confident in everything. But, it’s a mask I wear well and my song ‘Demons’ is a sneak peak into my internal world. I battle with depression and anxiety. It’s gotten better, but it’s something I live with. I realize on some level that these thoughts aren’t true, but it’s hard to battle with what’s literally on the inside trying to take you over. So, I call them my demons and this is how the song got it’s title.
This release represents my current direction because within the song you can hear my progression through emotion, through self-love and through just understanding my true self better. Even within the music, it feels like the piano is running. That’s how I feel a lot, like I’m running. Running to keep up. Running to not miss my shot. Running from negative thoughts. At some point within the song, everything escalates. It’s like I can’t run anymore. I’ve got to let all this out. I’ve got to rest. I’ve got to embrace myself, even the darkness that comes with it. From there, I truly see that I don’t have to be afraid of the darkness.
Personally, I am still in the midst of that song. I haven’t completely found my peace, but I am getting there and that feels great!
I create my music any and everywhere and in different ways. There is no one method. I usually always start with a lyric that has a sister melody that comes to me with it. I never have lyrics without music. For some reason, my mind only processes the two together. I sometimes then take it to the piano and come up with some general chords for the song and then shoot that combo to one of the different producers that I work with to create a track for me. And other times, I’ll record my idea acappella and have a producer make a track for me from there. The song is usually for the most part created in my head and on paper before I hit the studio. Me and my vocal producer then put the finishing touches of background vocals and harmonies on the song. It’s like adding a little salt and pepper to enhance an already tasty meal. Then for the most part, the song is complete.
Staying focused with creating comes very naturally to me. I am like the energizer bunny. Once I put my mind to creating something, I lock in on it. My mind is always moving thinking of the next thing to accomplish. Staying balanced however is harder. I have to consciously say, it’s time to play or it’s time to sleep. I tend to O.D. on anything I put my mind to. I pray a lot, talk to God like I’m talking to a friend. That helps me keep balanced. God also sends people to me very strategically to remind me of that. I truly appreciate that.
The piece of music advice that forever changed my way of thinking was advice that I got from my dad. My dad is a musician. He played the organ for Johnny Nash on the ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ album. He toured with artists like Bob Marley and Marcia Griffith. The advice he gave me was: