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Hip Hop // Cork // He/Him/His

At a very young age, KeSTine quickly became fascinated by music from the early 90s, and the essence of early hip hop, reggae and his idol, Michael Jackson. KeSTine was often teased in primary school for his youthful admiration of Michael Jackson, which pushed him to begin rapping. Rap became an outlet that he used to vent out his frustrations.

Growing up in a religious family aided him in understanding and appreciating Gospel music, taking influence from the genre to further push his rap. As a choir member, KeSTine learned how to play the piano, this gave him the ear for melody and an alternative approach towards hip-hop.

Church performances was where he excelled, and honed his abilities, relishing on the chaotic energy and limited space to vividly connect to the audience.

Whether in school or at Church, Kestine has always been an OUTSIDER. The stage seemed to be the only place where he felt accepted, and could stand tall. "K.S.T- Kestine-Stands-Tall".

KeSTine has performed on major Irish stages and festivals such as Electric Picnic "Three Music stage", Indiependence festival "Urban Village stage" and Three City Stages’ in Galway, and opened up for JLS member Aston Merrgold.

His solo EP ‘Reflection’ was released in April of 2021, and received high appraisal from Hot Press Magazine, Golden Plec, Irish Times , Echo live and the Irish examiner. The EP was followed up with the award winning music video for one of the tracks from the EP an ode to 90s rapper Queen latifahs "UNITY" KeSTines “U.N.I.T.Y” won the Best Hip-Hop Music Video at the Rome Music Video Awards 2022.