Kelo ‘Countitup’ is an independent artist from Mississippi who has a passion for the music world. He started his music career after losing loved ones to gun violence and cancer. Kelo got bit by the music bug by the age of ten where he began creating music. It wasn’t before long that him and his brother invested in a studio where he created his first three series underground mix tape. His new single ‘I Needa Bag’ is based off of struggles and his rise to success.
TRGB MEDIA: I WAS READING YOUR BIO AND SAW THAT YOU STARTED YOUR MUSIC CAREER AFTER LOSING LOVED ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE AND CANCER.
KELO: When I was six, my uncle got murdered by his fiancé. It’s crazy because every time I see them they are smiling and in love. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Me and my little brother used to play on this teddy bear that my grandma got us for Christmas. It was a hip hop teddy bear and when you squeeze it, it records up to 30 seconds. We would go back in forth playing rapping not thinking what was going to come out behind all of it.
TRGB MEDIA: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS MUSIC INDUSTRY?
KELO: I have been recording music professionally for twelve years. But when it comes down to major platforms, this is my first year. I’m a newbie when it comes down to the world-wide.
TRGB MEDIA: WITH YOUR NEW SINGLE, ‘I NEEDA BAG,’ WILL THAT BE APART OF AN EP OR ALBUM?
KELO: I just can’t talk too much about what I’m going to put on the EP because I haven’t really set a title for it yet. I want to go hard and give them all new music; like when I drop my EP, I don’t want nothing old on it.
TRGB MEDIA: DO YOU THINK THE MUSIC IN TODAY’S GENERATION IS GETTING BETTER OR WORSE AS FAR AS LYRICS, SOUNDS AND BEATS?
KELO: I like the new vibe, but I’m stuck on old school. Some old school just depends on the artist. I can listen to 2-PAC all day and Snoop Dogg. The wave wasn’t the trend back then. I even listen to blues and gospel; I’m all over the place.
TRGB MEDIA: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR MUSIC AND OTHERS?
KELO: When you get through listening to my music, it’s all positive vibes. Majority of my music is motivation.
TRGB MEDIA: AS FAR AS DEFINING MUSIC, WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?
KELO: Music means everything. Music helped me through a lot of stuff. I don’t know how I got through a lot of stuff without music. It is like air, you got to have it!
TRGB MEDIA: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND ‘I NEEDA BAG’?
KELO: Man the song speaks for itself. When the music started getting professional and real things started going on, and real opportunities started opening up, like a lot of financial problems starts hitting. That’s definitely my motivation. I started perfecting my craft and pushing my brand. I sold three tracks back to back less than two weeks.
TRGB MEDIA: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED SO FAR?
KELO: Number one, instrumental. You don’t want to know what it costs to get the instrumental rights, putting the right studio to go to and making sure you got a good engineer; you need a good engineer and whoever you got promoting your music, make sure they are legit because there are a lot of scams going around. You don’t want to loose money as an independent artist.
TRGB MEDIA: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR 2019?
KELO: I expect to do at least two features with a celebrity; somebody in the industry. I plan to have my own tour going on, my EP dropping at the end of the year, that’s going to go crazy, I’m going to have a celebrity on that and I expect to go overseas by the end of the year.
TRGB MEDIA: ARE YOU PLANNING ON DOING ANY EVENTS WHEN YOUR PROJECT DROPS IN MISSISSIPPI?
KELO: I plan on doing a tour, but I don’t have a date yet. Also I will be doing a release party real soon.
TRGB MEDIA: WHAT’S NEXT FOR KELO?
KELO: First I’m dropping my video, ‘I Needa Bag,’ I got this new single called ‘Shot’ It has a little thug title of the song, but that’s not the concept. The concept of the song is you miss all the shots you don’t take.
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Interview by TRGB Media