Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.
As a teenager who was very much into music and had a lot to get of his chest, like many I started to listen to rock and rap and began writing my own thoughts, but coming from an Asian family at the age of 12 or 13; it isn’t as easy as that, however as I kept writing lyrics I genuinely started to believe that I have the ability to be successful as a writer and rapper plus enjoying it more than anything else I was doing, it was that belief that has got me where I am today, to prove that I can pursue my dreams as an artist and inspire others to do so too.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.
I have been getting very good feedback from current fans on the diversity of my music who have been there since the first song I ever released, as well as gaining new ones which I think are both important to further my fan base.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
I think social networking has become more important in the music industry than it ever has, as more and more people are doing music in some form or another it is becoming increasingly difficult to get heard or noticed, so social networking allows artists to spread and share their music through common interests.
Brief us about the recording of this song.
The track “Sexy” was both written and recorded in the studio in Los Angeles with the producer and featured artist Victor (Ujah). However once returning to the UK, there were few changes that I needed to make in production which were done by Victor in LA and then sent over here.
Tell us the story behind the song.
Whilst working with Victor, we had a few ideas ready for which directions to go with the track, initially, I intended to work on an 808 hip hop style track, however over the session we both thought we should use both our styles and bring them together, which was a rap afro-beats infused style track. Lyrically we wanted to keep it modern, vibrant, and catchy.
State your area of specialization in music.
My main area of music is writing, in particular writing verses.
Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.
It depends on the theme of the song; each song varies based on its genre. For example, I wrote the song ‘Sexy’ within an hour and felt like I didn’t need to change anything, however opposite to that, there are some songs I have been trying to write for weeks in which I want to convey a particular message to the audience.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
Sometimes I tend to write to an already created melody and follow the pattern of it, which is at times easier but at other times I would dwell in deep thought (which I do a lot of) and being writing a couple of rhymes and go on from there and turn it into something catchy.
Discuss music generally in full detail.
Music to me is the greatest experience one can have as it has the power to connect and feel a sense of belonging and can alter your mood whilst allowing you to express yourself in a way personal to you and only you, which is why it is the most beautiful form of art and it is for that reason why music is and will forever continue to change.
State your five favorite genres of music.
Hip hop and Rap, which is one of the reasons I got into rapping in the first place, so this would always be one of my top five.
Rock, surprising to many I have always been a fan of rock as I believe it has a lot in common with hip hop culture in the sense they both allow to express oneself as well as having hard-hitting drum sounds which is one of my favorite instruments.
Afro-beats, since the first time I ever become familiar with afro-beats I instantly fell in love with the genre due to its unique sounds and catchy instruments.
Dancehall has always been one of my top five genres due to its vibe.
Finally, I would have to pick Grime, as a rapper in the UK I find it is important to be up to date with the particular style of rap that has been popularized here, however for me this is still a genre that I am trying to develop more in and more off.
Discuss your rehearsal.
My rehearsal sessions begin at home and then at the studio with a music mentor or producer to ensure the delivery is perfect.
State your favorite musical instrument.
My favorite instruments are drums, electric guitar, and the flute both Indian and Arabic derived.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
During a live performance, I find it very important to keep the audience engaged and feel a part of the music by getting them to rap or sing along.
Discuss your personality in full detail.
I would describe my personality as a proud and charismatic character, with a dark quirky, and slightly egotistic touch, all of which I put into my music and why I believe I can cross-genre.
Tell us about your musical background.
Most of everything I know about music has been self-taught; however, I used to play the steel pans in school.
List your previous released music.
The first song I ever released under the name Kay Kumar was ‘Suicidal Thoughts’, followed by “SVDS”, “Mantra”, “I’m a Sheikh”, then the “Live In The Moment” EP and now “Sexy”.
State what takes your time apart from music.
Other than music, a lot of my time is spent traveling, running a business, and fitness training; however, I do also read a lot too.
Share your most musical memorable experience with us.
Doing a school tour, performing for thousands of students, and raising drug awareness at the same time has been a very memorable experience as well as traveling to LA to work with new producers and create styles of music I never had before such as ‘Sexy’ which was recorded in LA.
Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.
I think both good and bad exist in all of us as does good and evil, however, I think it is conveyed by people depending on their needs, the majority of people are and will be nice if they have a need for you, for instance, someone doing something for you only because they need you, which I believe is a selfish act derived from evil. Furthermore in particular music I have over the years come to know that people are reluctant to help aspiring musicians purely because it has no relevance or benefit to them. On the other hand, I have come across many helpful individuals who genuinely are willing to give a helping hand, those are the people I call my own whether they are friends or family.