From playing around with “Fruity Loops” in her parent’s basement to producing tracks in New York City, where one landed on HBO’s “Insecure” due to features on “NPR”, blurbs on “Fader”, “Elle”, “The Cut”, and “The New York Times”, Keishh the founder of “Beats by Keishh” a fantastic music production company in the Brooklyn area, is on a mission to showcase her company’s talent through live performances and more visual projects. When asked how she came about her name Keishh with an extra “h” she replied “I knew I wanted to always keep my real name in some way. Funny story is I used to go by Killa Keish, and when I went to pick my twitter account it was unavailable. So I threw on an extra “h” and it was available, so I went with it haha! I saw myself making music forever so I dropped Killa but kept KEISHH with the extra “h” just because it was a part of me at this point. keishh.com was available when I went to make my website which was cool, and it also makes it a bit easier to find me online. So the internet kind of led me to this, but I like it”!
Keishh was born in Denver Colorado and raised in Central Maryland where she discovered her love of music at the age of six, while observing her uncle making and producing all kinds of beats. Fast forward a few years, Keishh was listening to instrumentals on “You Tube”, where she saw some suggested video content on making beats. With little to no formal music training outside of some basic classes, she went ahead and downloaded “Fruity Loops” and began creating music patterns. After that Keishh was hooked.
When asked who are her primary musical inspirations, her response was “Missy”, “Timbaland”, and ” Pharrell”. Those three made most of her favorite music growing up. Their versatility, signature sound, and how their production shaped the artist, is what she aspires most to do and emulate. Whenever Keishh is feeling uninspired about music, she likes to listen to their instrumentals and get lost for a while and then found by a shot of ambition.
Amongst all of the projects she has worked on, her favorite one is an album she produced for an artist by the name of Miss Eaves, titled, “Feminasty” which also happens to be Keishh’s most successful thus far. Keishh and Miss Eaves met via the “World Wide Web” and developed a wonderful relationship over time. Keishh loved this project because at the time she was living in Maryland and Miss Eaves was living in Brooklyn. The challenge was to communicate their visions to each other without being in the same physical space. After the extraordinary production of “Feminasty”, both Keishh and Miss Eaves gained the confidence needed in each other to trust their ideas and execute them without any doubt, whether being in the same state or different countries.
Keishh is an amazing artist, producer and I can’t wait to see and hear what else comes out of her outstanding production company. What really strikes me the most about her, aside from her amazing talent is how real she is. When asked if there were any embarrassing moments during any of her production sessions she said “No”, however what embarrasses her right now is when she listens to her early tracks and thought how she was creating fire back in the early times and then realized how far from fire it was. Check out Keishh’s “SoundCloud” tracks below, you won’t be disappointed, I can assure you of that.