We started Clay and Kelsy Instruments in 2021. We are instrument designers, performing artists and music producers. Being a female owned and queer company, we felt empowered to bring a special kind of energy to music interface design. We want each instrument to feel good for any artist to use and spark creativity by aiding them in beautiful, sonic moments.
We are thankful and inspired,
Clay and Kelsy
Clay Burton (she/her) is a music producer, drummer and music software designer from Los Angeles, California. Clay studied at The Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2014, and then graduated with a Music Tech Bachelors degree from CalArts, California in 2018. Creating software instruments and speciality tools for her own productions has inspired her to innovate and explore synthesis and sound design for music software.
Kelsy Kemper (she/they) is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Los Angeles, California. Kelsy started writing music and recorded their first original song in a studio by the age of Eleven. She then has pursued music professionally performing in various musical groups and choirs. While producing alongside partner Clay Burton for the past twelve years, Kelsy has developed a passion for synthesis and music production, making her a special part of the design and connection of each instrument.