Kelen Heller, from South Carolina enjoyed their time in the Michigan music scene, spreading their rock 'n' roll sound all across the state of Michigan but success for the band isn't defined by money or fame; it is defined by the amount of people that can be reached through their music. "We want to take our band to as many people that we can. We believe in our music and have poured all we have into it," said members of Kelen Heller.
Kelen Heller also recognized that their unique sound was really embraced by Michigan music fans. "We have def enjoyed being around different people and the scene here considering it is a long way from home for us. Everyone has been very nice and receptive to us, and we are extremely grateful."
Coming off a few shows in Michigan, the band is looking ahead to the future and the future of Kelen Heller is bright and growing. They have recently recored a new single with the producer of the band Shinedown. The band also elaborated on their future plans. "Within the next year we plan to release new music, a new single and video, tour, and keep spreading the Kelen Heller name."
I had the chance to interview Kelen Heller. We discussed everything from how the musical writing process to how Heller is using social media to advance his career. The entire interview is below.
If you are looking for other interviews and article similar to this one, subscribe above.C: When did you first discover music?
K: Actually all of us seemed to be born into musical families, so we were always around it. I guess it was natural that we just picked it up and became intrigued by it.
C: What would you consider to be some of your most notable music influences at a younger age?
K: There are so many, everyone in the band listens to so many different artist and genres of music.
C: In a few words, how would you describe your musical sound?
K: We really try to make everything our own, and have a uniqueness that separates us from others. We don't want to sound like anyone else, we just try to be ourselves.
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
K: Some of the styles we pull from as a band include Korn, Sevendust, Stone Sour, Filter, Papa Roach.
C: You are gaining quite a large following in Michigan, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
K: Very hard, nothing is given to you. We have learned a lot, and are still learning. But we just try to go out and give our best in everything we do as a group.
C: How would you describe the Michigan music scene?
K: Very cool!! We have def enjoyed being around different people and the scene here considering it is a long way from home for us. Everyone has been very nice and receptive to us, and we are extremely grateful.
C: How do you feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
K: It def helps, but it can also hurt. You cant let it make you lazy. Bands still need to do footwork to promote because there is nothing like seeing a real live show verses a you tube video, or having a face to face conversation with an artist you like rather than a Facebook message. But on the positive side we can reach people we normally wouldn't through our social media outlets that are in other states or even countries.
C: What does your future hold?
K: We are reaching for the sky. We want to take our band to as many people that we can. We believe in our music and have poured all we have into it. Within the next year we plan to release new music, a new single and video, tour, and keep spreading the Kelen Heller name