Meet Noiz Kelly, a singer, rapper, and producer from New Jersey but raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Noiz started rapping, performing, and writing music at a very young age. The influence from the South African culture and music has helped him find his sense of identity. Overtime, Noiz learned different ways of creating melodies and musical soundscapes that are uniquely his. Check out our exclusive Q & A down below and take a listen to Noiz new album “Kingdom“.
Q: Who inspired you to make music?
Noiz Kelley: As a child, I was greatly influenced by two people; 2pac and Kirk Franklin. This may be an unlikely combination but I learned a lot about the passion one has to possess to create something impactful. My mother was the one who really encouraged me to take music seriously and pursue it.
Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Noiz Kelley: My style is a little different than most. I grew up in South Africa so I incorporate African influences mixed with a little hip hop and soul. I call the genre New Earth Music. I was very inspired by the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, specifically how they harmonize vocals.
Q: What is your creative process like?
Noiz Kelley: My creative process varies; sometimes I start a melody and other times it’s just a concept. Usually, I compose the music and then begin to write lyrics. I always make several revisions before I finalize anything.
Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Noiz Kelley: I would love to collaborate with Labrinth because I’ve always been a big fan of his work. Pharrell is another person who has greatly influenced me, so any opportunity to work with him would be incredible.
Q: What is one message you would give to your fans?
Noiz Kelley: Find out what God is calling you to do and walk in it. Life is too short not to focus on your destiny.
Q: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Noiz Kelley: Great question! There are a lot of evils in this world, so I would probably be in a career that fought against something such as human trafficking and bringing liberation to those who are suffering.
Q: Where have you performed?
Noiz Kelley: I have performed at concerts, open mics, and more intimate gatherings in the US and in South Africa. Live performances are a great way to share my music so I cannot wait until Covid is over to get back to it.
Q: Which famous musician(s) do you admire?
Noiz Kelley: Hanz Zimmer, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and 2Pac to name a few. I am inspired by many others from a variety of backgrounds.
Q: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Noiz Kelley: I have a few examples from when I was growing up, but the one that stands out is when I covered for a friend who did something really bad. I pretended I didn’t know it happened, but when it was discovered that I did, my parents made sure I wouldn’t forget it.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Noiz Kelley: To be myself no matter what. I apply this to my creative process and professional life. I try to never compromise who I am for any opportunity.
Q: What’s next for you?
Noiz Kelley: I will continue putting out new music, building my network, and trying to make a positive impact on this world through music. I also hope to begin composing for film and television.
Take a listen to Noiz Kelly’s new album”Kingdom” and see what he has to offer. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.