Tell us a little about who John Keenan is?
I am from Great Bend, KS. A town of about 15,000 people. I am a lyricist, producer, videographer, writer and a crappy engineer.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I don’t really have a typical day, it really depends on when I’m asked that question I guess. Right now my days consist of preparing for this new release.
When did you first start getting into hip hop?
I was in to hip hop as a little kid for sure but started buying equipment and making beats in about 1998.
What are the challenges you’ve come across while trying to pursue a career in music?
All the challenges I’ve faced were because of me really. I’m a drunk and a drug addict and that whole situation really threw a monkey wrench in my life. Handcuffs, treatment centers, mental institutions, recovery homes, etc. it’s been a rough road so far. As of today actually I’m 2,000 days clean and sober….but who’s counting right? Now that I have this time in recovery under my belt I just take it 24 hrs at a time and do my best. I could be drunk and high tomorrow, I haven’t made it anywhere. There’s no finish line.
What projects are you currently working on?
Aug 20th my second album, “Imagination to The Nation” comes out. I also have an EP with my brother coming out September 17th called “Blood, Sweat and Tears”.
Tell us about your music video “Living right went wrong?” And the message you’re trying to portray in that song?
Brandon Mills of Crew Marketing and Promotions directed it. In the video I fall asleep and have a nightmare I guess. My place is trashed and I’m getting hammered. Six years ago my life looked just like that and by the end I wake up. I guess the message I’m trying to get across is that people can change.
Who are some of your influences today?
I don’t listen to much rap anymore actually. Right now I’m digging this dude Mayer Hawthorne. I just checked my recent iTunes purchases and the “Sound of Music” Soundtrack was there. Those you could say are a few of my favorite things 🙂
How do you want to be remembered as an artist?
I don’t know if I’ll ever be “remembered” but my first album, “where i went wrong” had country, alternative, funk…..everything but hard rock, however people weren’t feeling it. I hope someday some pick it up and can appreciate it. I tried to go the opposite direction completely. I attempted to make a very musical hip hop album but people aren’t into that these days I guess. I’m old.