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Platinum selling songwriter Kieran Davis, from Mildenhall, who has worked with K-Pop and J-Pop bands including The Boys and CIX, releases first single





A platinum selling singer-songwriter from a Suffolk town has released his first single as he begins a new chapter in his career.

Kieran Davis, of Mildenhall, has spent the last four years making music and working with major artists in the K-Pop and J-Pop market in Asia.

The 25-year-old is now taking a fresh step in his career and has put out his new release Thank U under his artist name HEYLATE.

Kieran Davis has released his first single as he starts a new chapter in his career. Pictures: ICANTMEDIA
Kieran Davis has released his first single as he starts a new chapter in his career. Pictures: ICANTMEDIA

“It felt like the right time to get something out there that I can look back on, enjoy and share with people,” Kieran said.

“So many people close to me don't get to hear what I do on a regular basis as a lot of it is confidential, I'm constantly creating so it's hard to keep people updated and I don’t get much time to work on my own stuff.

“I don't have much expectation for it and it’s very much a passion project alongside my writing.

Kieran grew up and lives in Mildenhall in Suffolk
Kieran grew up and lives in Mildenhall in Suffolk

“It has been a bit different, sort of stepping up from behind the scenes, but it has been a cool experience though and it feels like a new chapter for me in life in general.”

Kieran, who studied music at Mildenhall College Academy Sixth Form, was fortunate enough to be offered a publishing deal after graduating in 2019, where he studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Surrey.

Fast forward five years later and he has found success writing music for the likes of Korean bands The Boyz, CIX and Kingdom as well as Japanese band Kis-My-Ft2.

The 25-year-old has written music for Korean bands The Boyz, CIX and Kingdom. Picture: Muge Karatas
The 25-year-old has written music for Korean bands The Boyz, CIX and Kingdom. Picture: Muge Karatas

This includes working on a song called Ashioto for a platinum selling album by Kis-My-Ft2 which sold over 250k copies in its first day.

However, Kieran’s favourite project he’s been involved in is Toxic Love for The Boyz and he said he has enjoyed his journey in the music industry so far.

He said: “I get to travel out to Korea and Japan, make music, and work with people around the world which has been brilliant and I feel so lucky to be able to do that.

Kieran is travelling to Tokyo and Seoul at the end of the year
Kieran is travelling to Tokyo and Seoul at the end of the year

“We’ve had a few number ones now and I've worked with big K-Pop and J-Pop artists so I can't complain really.

“The reality is the best thing I've worked on is being able to make music and see the world and do that as part of my routine. It’s really been an incredible journey.

“There are so many talented people out there that unfortunately never find the right opportunity so I feel very lucky and blessed.”

“It has been a bit different, sort of stepping up from behind the scenes, but it has been a cool experience"
“It has been a bit different, sort of stepping up from behind the scenes, but it has been a cool experience"

Moving forwards, Kieran is heading out to Tokyo and Seoul at the end of the year and his focus remains on writing and working for other artists.

He said: “I think the goal is just to keep being able to make a living from music because it’s a very tough game but if I can live my life and do what I love, then I’ll be very happy.

“Whether that's myself as an artist or working for others, that's the goal for me.

“I’m going to just see where it takes me as the industry is an interesting place and I'm enjoying the ride.”