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Gig Pick: Keynes Woods at MEGAPHONO Closing Party—02.09.19

By Joshua Soucie on February 8, 2019

Local hip-hop artist Keynes Woods will be playing the MEGAPHONO closing party at Babylon on February 9, alongside FOXTROTT, Garçons and Lex Leosis.

Last year, Woods had the opportunity to travel to Germany, amongst other places, to record a demo with Colors Studios, the infamous music platform that showcases exceptional talent from around the world. His video has since amassed over 350,000 views.

Woods likes to experiment with his sounds, which is why he tries not to associate with genres: “I do identify with hip hop music, but I guess I just don’t like being pigeonholed.”

The young artist says he goes to the studio sometimes, but over time, he just found it would be easier to purchase his own equipment so that he could get to work whenever inspiration hits.

“I’ve gotten pretty good at doing everything myself, including recording live vocals,” says Woods. “So it’s going well.”

Woods moved from the Congo to Canada at eight years old. He says he has fond childhood memories of freestyle rapping with his two brothers. After attending York University and meeting his girlfriend in a biology class, Woods began to consider a career in music and has been actively pursuing it for the last two years.

“I was actually making music before I called,” says Woods, now a few minutes into our conversation, still slightly winded from the adrenaline of recording, I imagine. “I’m really focused and locked in on making really good music.”

“I’m really focused and locked in on making really good music.”

When asked what he plans on performing at the MEGAPHONO closing party, Woods says he is not sure: “I kind of have a rough set list. I want to switch it up a little bit, so I’m not really sure yet.”

That said, he did hint that he will be playing some unreleased tracks.


Keynes Woods will be playing the MEGAPHONO closing party at Babylon on Saturday, February 9, alongside FOXTROTT, Garçons and Lex Leosis. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. MEGAPHONO runs until February 9. Full listings are available on the festival’s show schedule.