Quickly rising as a star in the southwest music scene, Keize sets himself apart as one of the most musically independent artists in the game today. Whether it’s writing, producing, mixing or exploring his talent for graphic design, Keize has the ability to seamlessly fill every role and create a well-rounded, expertly crafted product.
Born and raised in the small town of Clovis, New Mexico, Keize grew up in a family of musicians and showed a gift for music at a young age. Continuing to craft his skills throughout childhood, he was an accomplished keyboard player by the age of 16. The name Keize is a derivative of the words keys and seize (As in seize the moment). Performing in a popular tejano band named Grupo Eclipse, Keize played for crowds across New Mexico and Texas. These deep musical roots gave him a foundational understanding of the industry and ingrained in him a style that permeates his music to this day.
Upon graduating high school, Keize immediately took interest in music production and earned the Master Recording Program II Certification from The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. Shortly thereafter, he was named one of America's top 40 unsigned artists by Gutta World Magazine.
Always one to put in work, Keize burst on to the scene with his 3rd mixtape labeled “On Deck II” released in early 2011. Banking on the success of “On Deck II”, Keize steered his broadening career into a different direction with the release of 10 hit singles and music videos. The bold direction shift paid off for Keize. The music videos for “Mad At Cha” aired in Footlocker stores nationwide, "Out Of Time" & "Odyssey" broadcasted on the California Music Channel in the bay area.
Continuously evolving of his music, Keize released his album "Nomad". Inspired by the appreciation of the road traveled to success, join Keize on this journey through the mind of a moving artist and experience the challenges through the powerful lyrics. In this album Keize opens up about facing adversity and the road to overcoming it.
Keize Montoya has opened for artists such as DJ Mustard, August Alsina, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ginuwine, The Game, Baby Bash and many others.