This season we’re helping you discover a whole new wave of creatives who are setting the scene for a change in the way we digest art. Singers, rappers and even chefs, who are doing everything unapologetically in their own way. That’s what Dr. Martens #WORNDIFFERENT is all about. We celebrate and nurture up-and-coming talent, especially independent artists who give so much to the scene. So, with that in mind, meet Keaton; the Coventry-based influencer and singer who is on the cusp of the big time…
What influences your style?
I used to be a really basic person, then I got into skating and [skate] fashion; baggy, oversized hoodies, the whole thing. That became the fashion for me, I remember from there everything went mad. [I wore] anything and everything weird, that was just me. Music and fashion is what I’m trying to do right now. In Coventry, it’s not the same as London, people were looking at me a lot but I enjoyed people looking at me weirdly.
How do you stay inspired?
I do go on social media a lot; I’m really into what brands are doing, their campaigns and modelling, I’m into all of that. With my style, when I go out I never know what I’m going to find, whatever catches my eye I like. I’m inspired by a lot of things; I love the ‘80s raver look and I like the ‘peaky blinder’ look, it all depends on how I feel.
What projects do you have in the pipeline this year?
My first single called ‘About’ is coming out early this year. I was waiting on it for a while so I could go back to it and see if I should make any changes to it. I’m heavily involved in the creative side of it as well, I’ve written out the video [concept] and I’m currently in the middle of shooting.
What have you been listening to recently? What genre of music do you resonate with the most?
I’ve always loved Hip Hop: Eminem and 50 Cent, they were big for me. I also listened to a lot of Method Man from Wu Tang Clan, but now, since I’ve grown and I’m listening to music properly, I’ve started to try and figure what’s going on in music. I’ve been listening to Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller. I also listen to a lot of Jazz.
I take a lot of inspiration from different subcultures and mix it together.
How do Dr. Martens boots and shoes fit in with your style?
With my style, I feel like there’s always something I could wear with Dr. Martens. I like to mix different styles together, I take a lot of inspiration from different subcultures and mix it together. I’m 100% confident in my music right now, and I don’t feel like anyone’s on my level. When I look at artists making a lot of money, I feel like I’m better than them, and when you feel like that, it’s a really good feeling.