Keanu Beats is the epitome of low key. Sitting down for our Q&A, the 22 year-old producer is dressed in black Vans with black sweats and a black Fear Of God hoodie. For a Melbourne native, the all-black everything aesthetic is nothing new, but in this case it personifies Keanu’s low key come-up. You would never know this dude is a Grammy-nominated producer with credits from some of the industry’s heavy-hitters on his CV.
Keanu has quietly built a name for himself among rap’s elite, producing for Migos (“What The Price”), Octavian and Skepta (“Bet”), Logic (“Still Ballin”) and Jaden (“A Calabasas Freestyle”, “NOIZE”), among others. And he’s made it happen from Werribee, a quiet suburb deep in Melbourne’s west, known more for an open-plains zoo than as the home of the producer of “ZUU”.
Perhaps the biggest placement of Keanu's career came just last week, with the release of Dreamville's Revenge Of The Dreamers III. Keanu's work is featured on the compilation standout "Oh Wow ... Swerve", a collab combining a producer's wishlist of J. Cole, KEY!, Maxo Kream and Zoink Gang (that's Buddy, JID, Smino and Guapdad4000).
The journey started like so many others; FL Studio, type-beats, YouTube tutorials. Along the way, Keanu discovered the way to take his passion from West Melbourne to the world was to put his head down, hustle and network. He's still keeping it low key, but the world is slowly waking up to Australia's next big-time producer.