Emerging from the smoky late nights of Brisbane’s humid streets, Keelan Mak is a singer, songwriter, and producer creating a unique and sultry palette of electronic sounds.
Combining a blissful intoxicating song writing style with lush atmospheric production, Keelan seamlessly blends indie and electronic genres and combines them with his smooth, honeyed, emotional vocals and heartfelt personal storytelling.
Today, Keelan Mak announces the forthcoming release of his debut EP ‘Test The Shallows’ which will be released digitally on September 27th, and also reveals new single “Sleep Talker“, a melancholic disco track which plays with garage house influences, woozy layers of synth and beats, and smooth vocal toplines.
“Sleep Talker” came out of a writing session just after BIGSOUND last year. Co-written with Melbourne artist Maribelle in a burst of creativity, the song came together in only a few hours and draws from Keelan’s personal experience in a relationship where the only honest communication was in their most vulnerable state; Sleep Talking.
“We obviously exaggerated the concept… I wasn’t sleep talking with them, but there were definitely a lot of moments where we only got honest when the lights were off and we we’re talking in bed. The whole relationship felt very sleepy and sedated at times which fit the theme perfectly.” – Keelan Mak
Co-produced by Keelan himself along with Sydney artist/producer Mookhi, new single “Sleep Talker” will be available digitally worldwide on August 15th, and will feature on Keelan Mak’s upcoming debut EP ‘Test The Shallows’ which will be released on September 27th.
“She [Mookhi] really brought life to the song and a lot of subtle nuances that I couldn’t do myself.”
Keelan Mak will also be supporting Thomston on tour! Come and sad dance to Keelan live in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne at the following dates:
Thurs 19 September – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW
Fri 20 September – Workers Club, Melbourne VIC
Sun 22 September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
“Sleep Talker” (single) (independent)
Launching his career last year with debut single “Weigh You Down” and follow up single “Flicker”, Keelan Mak has made a mark with his sound and style. The two tracks have amassed over 500k streams, were added to major Spotify playlists (New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Indie Arrivals and more), and has received spins on triple j unearthed, triple j, and handfuls of community radio stations.
The tracks also caught the attention of bookers and artists around Australia – leading to Mak supporting Vera Blue, E^ST, Matthew Young and Alice Ivy, as well as co-writing with some of Australia and New Zealand’s top upcoming producers including Fossa Beats, Maribelle, and SACHI, and a feature vocal on single “Wouldn’t Be The Same” from Australian electronic favourites Tora.
Recently winning the AMEX Music Backers grant, Keelan was also a finalist in the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, and was one of two hand-picked showcasing artists representing triple j unearthed at BIGSOUND 2018.
“It pulls you in slowly with his brooding vocals and then seals the deal with a planet-shifting synth-line that immediately tugs at the heart.” – The Interns
“captivating vocals drawing you in above a hazy, crashing production underneath” – Pilerats
“There’s a really lovely nuance to your voice that makes it stand out among a fairly satured indie-pop landscape”– Tommy Faith, triple j unearthed
“Keelan achieving proper heart throb status with another cold as ice cut.” – Dave Ruby Howe, triple j unearthed
“you’ve got a realised style and this one shows off your ability to get people moving with that added late-night oomph.” – Declan Byrne, triple j Home and Hosed
“It’s like Troye Sivan meets Oscar Key Sung. Sweet and smooth!” –Bridget Hustwaite, triple j Good Nights
“It has that synth-pop vibe with an extra lashing of glam thanks to the echoing and silky vocals from Mak” –Purple Sneakers