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Singer Keaton Dekker releases sultry song ‘Mint’

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Uncompromising & unashamedly true to himself – keaton is the epitome of DIY artistry. Not only recording and producing his own work, he’s also heavily involved in all his videos which act as a companion to his upcoming the unwelcome series visual EP. He makes his directorial debut on the new visual for ‘ITYK‘. Alongside all this – keaton is also a champion for live, independent music, having run his own festival “v_01d” for three years, a ‘mini-Meltdown’ booked entirely by him and his friend Sophie DeMasi. At only 20, and as a POC & queer member of the LGBTQ+ community, keaton’s voice is a refreshing and essential one in the UK’s pop landscape, and the unwelcome series places him as one of our most exciting new artists.

Speaking on new track ‘mintkeaton explains “It was made in my bedroom, in 2018, on Halloween. I remember coming up with the verse chords first, then it all seemed to write itself.  This song felt like movement to me, which is kinda ironic as I also felt like I was trapped at the time. mint’ is a callout for a fresh start, something new. Being so close, but you’re not quite there yet.”

Although the unwelcome series is keaton’s debut EP – it’s a diverse collection of mature and enchanting pop songs, written and produced by keaton himself and mixed & mastered by Tim Rowkins (Rina Sawayama) & Robin Schmit (The 1975) respectively. Alongside the EP, he has released a visual companion to the EP that coincides the key themes of the EP – the trappings of Gen-Z relationships and how social media and technology affect them. Candidly raw and youthful, the EP was written in a then-teenage keaton’s bedroom and could perfectly soundtrack a modern-day coming of age film. Speaking on EP closer ‘Try Again’ he says, “I remember creating the beat and reacting to it by dancing about in my room, and I hope everyone that hears feels like they can do the same!”

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