Interview with artist Keyz Vango

Keyz Vango

It may sound cliche, but simply focusing on being your true self and identifying your natural uniqueness will get you a lot further than trying to chase someone else’s success path.

Tell us about yourself and what you do
I’m a producer/engineer turned artists, born in Alabama, raised in NYC, carving out my own lane, breaking rules and pushing creative boundaries.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I’m inspired by anyone who is brave enough to try something different. To push the boundaries of something to make it better. Those who aren’t afraid to fail, no matter how large or small the challenge. I’ve always been inspired by guys like Michael Jackson, Pharrell, Kanye West, Vincent Van Gogh. Anyone who strives to do something innovative.

How did you get your name?
As I began to take Music seriously, initially just as a producer, in my immediate circle of friends I was often the only one who could play piano. So naturally, my friends began to call me “Keyz”. As for “Vango”, that part came to surface while I was going through some creative and financial struggles. I was brushing up on my knowledge of one of my favorite artists Vincent Van Gogh in attempt to get a job at the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art). Amidst the frustrations of my creative direction and financial struggles I jokingly told my close friend “I’m just gonna cut my ears off like Van Gogh”. I was tired of listening to everyone tell me what type of music to make or what career path or job I should be pursuing. My friend replied laughing “Keyz Van Gogh”. The rest was history.

Tell us more about your latest single ‘NIGHT’ 
NIGHT was inspired from a time in my life when I was faced with the reality of having to choose between my love for creating music and my love for a woman and our relationship. It’s a recurring nightmare of a distant love, who grew hopeless and impatient with my ambition for chasing my dreams. Abandoned, the bitter sweet memory of what could have been, haunted me every NIGHT. In the next few songs to be released, we might just get to see what happened next.

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite place to visit?
$2 fish tacos at Venice Beach, CA.

What do you do to relax?
420 activities, Sci-Fi Documentaries & Crown Fried.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
I have a lot of things I could consider great achievements. But I try not to look at any one achievement as greater than any other. It’s all about progression for me. For example, I’ve had Timbaland co-sign my beats 4 years ago, but equally as important to me, was the day I decided to take the leap and pursue this dream. Taking a gamble on yourself and your own abilities should be considered an achievement all on its own. It’s not easy.

Do you have any upcoming projects we can look forward to?
Currently I have about 4 new singles in the pocket and a lot of new fresh visual content I’m looking forward to sharing. NIGHT video is still on the way, as well as some mini in-studio behind the scenes docus focusing on my creative process. Fall is going to be a great season for the team.

Where can we find your music?
All of my latest singles are available on all streaming platforms.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
It may sound cliche, but simply focusing on being your true self and identifying your natural uniqueness will get you a lot further than trying to chase someone else’s success path. Just because so-and-so did it one way doesn’t mean that way is best for you. Stop worrying about others and become the best you. In an industry that is so much more accessible and over saturated with new music daily, there’s really not much room for copy cats these days.

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