Windsor youth wins prestigious hip-hop beats battle
WINDSOR, ONT. -- Windsorite Mesho Keryakoz is the winner of a prestigious hip-hop battle competition.
The Grade 10 student of Holy Names won a highly competitive event streamed online via Twitch by J.J. Lundin, a Boston-based music producer.
Over 1,000 participants from around the globe initially entered the contest, held on Feb. 5. The 16-year-old Keryakoz’s winning track is entitled 'Titan Mode.' It took two weeks to conceptualize and produce.
The aspiring music producer won a MIDI keyboard courtesy of Alesis, a music hardware company.
"I tend to make trap and hip-hop but my biggest inspiration that led me on to doing this is Dr. Dre. He's - he's been inspiring to many producers such as me,” said Keryakoz.
“Ever since I heard of him I wanted to be like him or wanted to do the same things like him, so I take some of my sound and design and imitate his style but in a way that my creativity goes in there too."
The artist believes that hard work and perseverance are contributing factors to his success.