On The Flipside With Kellan

If Lady Gaga, Tori Amos, Enrique Iglesias and Ed Sheeran had a love child somehow, the result would no doubt be Cape Town’s Kellan.

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Kellan encompasses not only these artists’ talent, but without a doubt their most unique characteristics that make them stand out from the rest of the crowd. And with an imaginary gene pool like that, you just know that he will have to be gay, and unashamedly so. “No shame at all! Out and proud! I look up to artists such as Elton John, Sam Sparrow, Mika, Rufus Wainwright and especially Troye Sivan for his ‘in your face’ approach. I hope to inspire other members of the LGBT community to come forth and showcase their talents and art forms,” Kellan boldly states.

Following the internationally acclaimed I’ll Be, Kellan is back with a brand new follow-up single, Lost With You, set to become a firm favourite on everyone’s playlist and dominating pop charts. Kellan chuckles slightly as he talks about his latest release: “Oh boy, Lost With You has taken me on a rollercoaster ride the last couple of months. It took tons of planning, including drawing sounds and influences from the international scene to make the song as current as possible. I wanted a ‘straight to the point’ type of song; a single that could be summarised in one sentence if asked about its meaning. And the answer to that is to ‘get lost in love’ – as simple as that.”

Although a prolific songwriter in his own right, Kellan says that a dear friend of his, Jak Brits, wrote Lost With You. “I chose the song out of a selection of demos that Jak sent me. To me personally it is about a relationship where both parties realised that it was a far from perfect partnership, almost toxic. Yet, despite this, they still yearn for each other although they went their separate ways. And then the main message – break through your walls when it comes to matters of the heart and let go! Get lost in the moment and forget about everything else. Let love win.”

Kellan describes his style of music as a mix of piano-driven pop, woven carefully with synthesizers and layered soundscapes – keeping it vocally interesting and haunting. Apart from being a singer, Kellan is also a seasoned actor and dancer, having performed in numerous musical and other stage productions.

“I’ll Be” exactly who I am – gay and proud of myself

Lost With You is however not the first time that Kellan will be making his mark in the music industry. He previously released a self-penned single, I’ll Be, which made it to number 13 on the local iTunes charts, apart from receiving significant radio play. “The song just came out of nowhere. I wrote it one Friday evening, pitched it to a producer and within weeks it was charting on Internet stations across the globe! The enormity of I’ll Be even shocked me,” he says.

With I’ll Be, Kellan then partnered with award-winning director, Desmond Denton, for the music video in which the cruelty of corrective rape in South Africa is portrayed. Kellan wanted to give back and partnered with the Pride Shelter in Cape Town, whereby all proceeds of the song are donated to them. “They were the obvious choice as they do incredible work for gay individuals during stressful and dark times in their lives,” he says.

About being gay, Kellan adds: “I came out to my mom when I was 17. My family was very accepting and never had any real issues with it. I think South Africa as a whole has moved forward so much concerning the stigmatism attached to being gay. Thus far, I’ve maybe had one or two hate mails that made their way to my Facebook inbox.”

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