A founding member of up-and-coming Irish band The Marigolds, the dissolution of the band had a profound effect on Keelan as he quickly fell out of love with the industry. With more than ten years passing without music in his life, the world-wide pandemic revitalised Keelan’s creativity. Strapping on his Fender Telecaster and switching on an old Roland keyboard he began the process of writing and producing songs once again. The results were immediate and quickly culminated in the formation of his new project, Keelan X.
Keelan’s distinct sound is borne out his eclectic taste in music, taking influence from contemporary artists such as The War on Drugs, The Weeknd, St.Lucia, The 1975, The Midnight etc., melding this with his love of late 70s & 80s period….acts such as Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Prefab Sprout and Giorgio Moroder to name but a few.
With a notable background playing in rock and indie bands, Keelan used the pandemic to experiment with synths and drum machines. The result was a sound that straddles the line between 80’s movie soundtracks, think Vangelis or Moroder, combined with the chorus-heavy hooks of the likes of Howard Jones.
Since his return to music, Keelan X has released four singles (No Fall of Rome + These Days + Fever + The Other Side) over the last year.
With his distinctive take on the genre, Keelan X has gained a plethora of press & media support throughout 2022 ranging from RTE 2XFM, Amazing Radio, Today FM and The Vinyl District to Synthpoplover, Hot Press, GOO Magazine and Sunday Times.