Sean Keefer Talks Music and his Creative Process
What first got you into music?
I first got into music when I was a child listening to the country music I heard on the radio. From my time in church, and watching the choir, I knew wanted to perform. As I grew older and learned to play guitar, I was able to build on my love of music.
Who inspired you to make music? My inspiration comes from a variety of artists - those I have listened to through the years - Jason Isbell, Drivin' n' Cryin', Ryan Adams, etc. As well as those that I have played with and worked with personally.
How would you describe the music that you typically create? I have listened to and performed music in many genres, but the end result of the music I write and create is what I call Retro Americana.
What is your creative process like? For me, creating music stems from and comes through storytelling. I envision a story or a concept and build a song around that. Sometimes it starts with a melody that meshes with lyrics I have or am writing. Sometimes a chord progression develops into a song and melody that inspires lyrics. Sometimes a song literally falls out onto the page.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be? If I could open for anyone, it would be Jason Isbell or Radney Foster.
What do you love about the genre of music that you create? I love the Americana genre because of the roots-based approach to the music and lyrics. The music can be infectious with a great sense of melody. It yields to great instrumentation and production from the sparse at times to a full band sound where called for. And the lyrical approach gives a foundation for conveying a great deal.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
As to a message for the fans, listen often and on repeat.