We had the good fortune of connecting with The Keymakers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The Keymakers, what do you attribute your success to?
We’ve heard from a bunch of confused siblings who don’t understand how we can live together, work together, and not drive each other crazy, but really it’s a product of us – for the most part – being on the same page. This helps us in the studio when we’re working on music, but also in other aspects of our careers as artists. Not having to always butt heads in an unproductive way allows us to spend more time focusing on the things that matter to our success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our slogan is ‘Open your door’. We make music to take people someplace different. One of our inspirations is The Keymaker, a character from The Matrix trilogy with the ability to craft keys that – depending on who is holding the key and what door they open – can take people anywhere in the world. That type of escapism is what we want for our listeners – to help them access feelings and emotions and get lost in their own personal interpretation of our sounds.
The thing we’re most proud of is having been able to do that for listeners all over the world. Being able to connect with people from countries we’ve never even thought about going to before – who have shared stories with us about how our music has impacted their lives – it’s been such a privilege and we don’t take it for granted. While we feel we have a long way to go in order to get where we want to be professionally, we take a lot of pride in that while staying committed to our goals.
It definitely has never been easy. We have been fortunate to have support from our family, a community of like-minded artists, and those closest to us who believe in our vision, but we are extremely committed and have developed a work ethic and ability to sacrifice that helps us face challenges head on and stay dedicated to our path. Good things shouldn’t come easily – we believe that deeply – and we embrace both the good and bad bits of our journey.
Some lessons we’ve learned – trust one another. Working to build a career as an artist can be both fulfilling and draining. It’s valuable to know that we can rely on each other to ‘carry the torch’ at times when the exhaustion sets in – and that we don’t always have to play hero ball. Also, patience. It’s not always about immediate returns. We feel that recognizing what our priorities are and doing things the right way – even if it doesn’t “work” for us – is important to our long-term goals. It can be tempting to lose sight of that sometimes, but we try to never lose the forest for the trees.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best part of LA to us is the sheer amount of things you can do in a week! Some of the things towards the top of the to-do list would be taking a few hikes, taking in a sunset with a view from the top, then stopping by a local brewery. Spending some time at the beach (we prefer to go a bit north or south of the city where things tend to calm down a bit). Spending some time in different communities than the one you live in, there are so many incredible places to take a seat and people watch for a few hours. We moved here from Cambridge, MA in July 2020 so we’re relatively new to the area. One thing we’ve learned throughout our time here while the city was ‘shutdown’ was; beauty that can be found simply by wandering around, absorbing the nature, life, people, and culture around you. We both love to ride our bikes as well, whether we’re on a bike path or riding on city streets, it’s such an immersive way to travel and feel the ‘life’ of the city. We’re excited to continue to learn this city as we live here longer, but for now, our visiting friends will get a week full of exploring as many sights, sounds, flavors, and communities as we can fit into 7 days.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Family. When we look at our musical journey and more broadly our lives as a whole, much of our inspiration and drive we can trace back to our childhood. Growing up, we were always encouraged to explore our creativity and imaginations. Thanks to our parents we were exposed to a diverse collection of music and art which fostered growth in us and pushed us to embark on our own artistic exploration. On another note, the importance of a strong work ethic hit home early in both of our lives. We were encouraged to have dreams but prepared that it takes hard work and focus to make it happen. To this day, our biggest fans and supporters are the very same people who made it possible to create the way we do – our family.