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You might catch Nigel "Lo Keynote" Berringer at the live spot with a Red Stripe in each fist - or in one of your friend's facebook photos looking blissed. You might find him candid or reticent or even gully depending on the day - but catch him doing what he does best and you'll find him in the studio poised among peaceful shadows in the light of an open Pro Tools session.
Nine years in the crates have seen Lo Keynote emerge as a producer/engineer of rare esteem in the Canadian hip hop game. A growing number of rappers, RnB singers, and aspiring pop stars have come to rely on his soulful scores and lasting flavor to bring that sought-after heat to their albums and mix tapes. In the absence of vocals, Lo Keynote beats still set themselves apart from the milieu; the 2007 instrumental album “High Hats” made it to number 5 on college radio charts. In 2009 Nigel won the first two Vanquish Beat Battles consecutively before seceding the contest.
Lo’s 2009 credits include songs on Snak The Ripper’s acclaimed “Sex Machine” album and Camobear label-mate Young Sin’s “Who I Am”, as well as Jeff Spec’s promo EP “FreE Press”. 2010 saw the hustle pick up speed: Lo putting in work on 7 albums, most notably Jaykin’s “Sneakers and Video Games”, Son Real’s “Light Year”, Jeff Spec’s “Sneakerboxxx”, and DJ Chong Wizard’s “Eclectic Relaxation Tribute Mix tape” where he and legend El Da Sensai collaborated on a remix of Tribe’s “Can I Kick It?". In 2011 Lo produced the first track on Son Real's latest, "Where's Waldo" and he recently collaborated with KAi Skywalker on "Law Of Attraction", KAi's anticipated solo debut set to drop in June; keep checking here for updates.
Besides having a catalog stacked with soulful heat and his many accolades, Lo Keynote is also a source of good advice and honest feedback for the music community at large. His ongoing series of recording industry tips are widely recognized for their practical wisdom by artists from all walks. It’s more than likely that somewhere in his lush tunes, engineering prowess, or keen insights, there awaits something you’ve been looking for. Add him on facebook, follow him on twitter, but most importantly, listen to his music. Available beats can be heard here and at soundclick.com/lokeynote.