A rapper in a strange land.
That is the tale of Kielley Koyote who was the lone Newfounland and Labrador musician featured in Rolling Stone India's article from the Live at Heart musical festival in Orebo, Sweden Sept. 4-8.
The St. John’s born Josh Kielley participated in the four-day showcase festival held in Orebro earlier this month hosted everyone from Taiwanese hip-hop to hillbilly rock/metal.
In just two short years, Kielley has forged a path for himself in hip hop, released an EP titled “Weak Days” and has even drawn praise from rapper Gucci Mane.
Rolling Stone India captured the essence of the showcase in an article after the festival and chose Kielley Koyote as one of the 10 buzz-worthy acts to appear out of the 150 artists that appeared at the festival.
Since the release of his “Weak Days” EP, Kielley Koyote has opened for Juno nominated acts that includes Ghettosocks, Evil Ebeneezer and Jyay.
For someone who’s been in the industry for just two years, the 23-year-old Kielley’s successes and the exposure from this conference, have helped elevate him to the point where he is now collaborating for his next EP with an international crew.
Initially, Kielley attended the Live at Heart conference in Orebro, Sweden seeking to play for an international audience.
What he accomplished was so much more. The conference resulted in him being tested and evaluated by some of Europe’s best music producers.
The sacrifice of scrimping and saving, applying for grants from Music NL and having kick ass sound technicians mashing music together for him, helped Kielley forge lasting relationships and connect with other musicians globally.
“It was worth it,” Kielley said in a news release Tuesday morning.
Jan Sparby, who teaches music at the University of Orebro, organized “The Blackbelt Songwriters Camp” during the conference. Running in conjunction with the festival, artists were handpicked and separated into groups.
Kielley was one of three selected and he was paired with Elin Kran, a songwriter from Sweden, and Bruno Miguel, a producer from Portugal.
To write, record and produce a live performance in three days. If that wasn’t enough work, he also wrote features for two other projects.
But it’s Kielley’s trio, Elin and Bruno at the concert that he gets excited about.
The plan is to produce a musical collaboration across borders using technology to communicate. A daunting task for people who have just met.
With a new international group project on the way and a pile of unreleased tracks waiting to be mastered, Kielley has his fingers in a number of pies.He has a music video on the way and is rallying resources to host a benefit show for a yet to be named charity that will be announced.
A Live at Heart global music conference is planned for Oct. 10 in Burin, where you can see Kielley perform with other international artists. https://www.facebook.com/liveatheartnewfoundland .
In addition, The Telegram has learned that five acts from Newfoundland and Labrador were among the 18 Canadian acts that performed at the festival.
Thos acts included Skidderpup, Waterfront Fire, Selena Boland and Rozalind Macphail in addition to Kielley Koyote.
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A rapper in a strange land.