Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Keeley aka Dresage. I grew up in Northwest Washington state and have lived in Los Angeles for the last handful of years. I am inspired by most things that pass me by in a day, so I’ll go home and start creating something in my studio to reflect and process. Something as arbitrary as a stranger’s bony finger in a wedding ring sends my brain into a series of stories/moments I create and turn into lyrics or a melody. I love trying to make music that sounds like old jazz records mixed with something new and contemporary.
Where did the new single come from?
Center came from working with my good friend and fierce talent Greg Martin. He made this crazy bendy synth and drum/bass groove that we developed and eventually mapped my vocal samples to the same weird bendy movement. The sound visually sends me into this euphoric, almost opium induced sway of body movemen , so I sort of started writing soothing lyrics to my most stubborn self. I was in a moment of particular reeling from a few factors in my life that made me realize I wasn’t the center of anything really. Not the universe, not a relationship that had ended, not anything. It was sort of a call for help but also a signal to lighten up and let the stakes come back down, hoping it would turn from crisis to a feeling of freedom.
Is there more content in the pipeline?
Indeed there is! Another song coming very soon + culminating EP. Also visuals, I’ve done a handful of film photography shoots with concepts I have on different themes as well as some video footage that fits the world I see these songs living in.
What’s on the horizon for you?
Mostly finishing songs/ideas I have and creating visual content to accompany. I produce & co-produce all of this stuff, so it takes a lot of time just sitting in front of a computer, getting the songs sculpted and vocals tracked the way I’m hearing them. I’ve learned that I’m happiest when I’m in complete control of what I’m making with this project. I do a lot of singing/writing/producing in other parts of the industry, so when this project is just for me I get really in depth with everything because it’s where I get to be my truest artistic self.