After releasing a broad and diverse array of offerings over the last year, Melbourne-based outfit Keaper recently returned to deliver their exceptional new EP 'Duality'.
Featuring the previously shared stunner 'Wasted Light', 'Duality' sees the group offer up one of their most passionate and sprawling works to date. Jam-packed with vivid soundscapes, ethereal textures, and some wonderfully warming hooks throughout, they have certainly found an incredible sound on this new release.
So with the new EP available now, we sat down with vocalist/guitarist Ameya from the group to find out more about her background and inspirations over the years.
What were the first instruments you fell in love with?
I’ve always loved electric guitars and saxophones – and the two together.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
We’re inspired by some 90s alternative bands and love introspective, dreamy, melancholy and lush music. We like our guitars to complement one another and have the bass as a driving, sometimes lead, guitar.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
Mostly indie rock from the UK, and I was into the 80s pop sound, which was making a resurgence at the time.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
I’ve been wanting to pursue a life in music since I can remember, but I recall moments of being certain around 10 years ago when I heard Lady Gaga’s live performance of ‘Speechless’, where she couldn’t stop crying while singing. I found that so moving and it had a strong effect on me.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
The album ‘Cola’ by A Beacon School.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
There are 3 so far… sometimes referring to specific situations and interactions, sometimes the lyrics act as a message to someone.
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
- Our first ever gig, where we played 4 sets and received a really positive and reassuring response from the audience.
- Having the opportunity to play at Federation Square.
- The energy at our EP launch – seeing so many people wearing our merch and singing along to the songs.
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
Visual arts – cinema, design, art & photography.
If you weren’t musicians, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I’ve always wanted to create my own animated TV series.
And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to start a career in music?
Remember the value of branding your band/project (make sure it’s authentic) and get yourself a drummer that is a gun at booking gigs.
Keaper's new EP 'Duality' is available to stream and download now. Check it out in full via the player below.