[Unknown Known] Profile: Joel Kellem


Photo by Dan Folger

Name: Joel Kellem aka Chill God

From: Pittsburgh, PA – Hill District

Projects Released: Chill God, Friday Night Ep, Living Single, Take A Day Off

Influences: Mark Zuckerberg, Curren$y, Myself

Website(s): joelkellem.com


What prompted your start for your career path?

Well, in 8th grade me and my homie Pk Delay linked up and created a group called URH (UnderRated Hustle). We’ve created multiple projects and singles together under that group name. Gaining huge local buzz at 14 and 15 years of age we soon realized we had what it takes to make it in this music industry.

Who first recognized your talents and what it meant to you?

Back in the Myspace days I guess you can say is when people started telling me they believed in my talents. From dropping consecutive music on social media more and more, people gravitated to what we had going on. My high school friends and teachers encouraged me to make more and to keep doing what I was doing.

First problem you have come across?

The first of many problems I’ve came across in pursuing my career is realizing that money is everything. People now a days don’t seem to care of the accolades you have accomplished but are more concerned with that your wallet can do for them. Which isn’t a problem because it takes money to make money.

As an up and coming artist what was it that you seen that you needed to improve on?

As an upcoming artist I feel as though marketing and the business aspect are things I need to improve on more this upcoming year. There’s aspects of the game I know I need to learn before I progress further in my career.

How will you make an impact given a chance?

The impact I can make if given the chance can be something most people my age can’t even grasp of accomplishing. From the positive and warm feeling my music and personality gives off it can’t be matched. The city already appreciates “the Chill” they are just waiting to see what I can do on a broader scale.

Why should people take notice in your work?

I think people should notice my work for the simple fact that it’s different then what’s going on right now. If I could describe my sound I would say it sounds like Adult Swim shows and Fresh Prince episodes [laughs]. There’s also a lot of great thing’s I have accomplished this far in my journey, such as: Winning King Of The Burgh and Pittsburgh’s Best Male Hip Hop Artist award in 2015.

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Written by Thomas Agnew