Share your life story with us.
I was born in Memphis, TN, and was raised in Oak Harbor and Seattle, WA. After I graduated I went to college for a year and a half before joining the military. A year after I joined the military, I bought my first audio interface to record music as a hobby. I have always loved music but making music turned into a passion after a couple of years of recording music.
Tell us about your music.
My music is for the people who are battling day-to-day problems while bringing you music that adjust to the mood you are in at that moment. Music for the people for whatever mood they are in.
List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
So far in my career, I want to give major shout-outs to Wesley Flannigan and all of my friends associated with the Trap House that has given me motivation and pointers on improving my music.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
When I am recording in the studio I need complete silence. In doing this, I’m in my own aura. I can only hear and think my thoughts which give me more creativity when stacking rhymes against each other and creating rhyming patterns. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I will do multiple takes of the same line or verse to assure that I get the best beat suited for the beat that I am rapping/singing on.
Go into detail about your songwriting process.
I have to jot down ideas and rhymes that come to my head instantly because my mind is so quick to process ideas and those ideas can as easily disappear if I don’t put down my ideas on time. I write down rhymes in correlation with the emotions that I am going through at the time. After I do that I filter out words and configure rhyme schemes that sound right to me on beats to ensure that I am getting the best possible flow while making sure my delivery with the words I wrote is perfect.
Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
I do have a mix-tape that is coming out on March 1st, 2018. The mixtape will be called The Many Sides of Kevawn Brooks Mixtape. This mixtape will include a set of songs for six of the emotions I go through on a day-to-day basis. Those songs will be catered to those emotions so it will tell what music I like to listen to and make when these emotions are present.
Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
I am definitely in the beginning stage of networking and trying to get my name out but I have multiple social media networks, including Twitter and LinkedIn that have helped me to connect different people across the USA. I’ve also been going out locally in Seattle trying to promote my music.
Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
There have been a couple of times where I have wanted to just give up. I love music and making music but it can be stressful at times. Sometimes I get caught up in a flurry of emotions. That demon in the back of my head sometimes tells me that I am not good enough to be anything more than a sub-par rapper. I have to overcome those emotions by thinking about positive elements in my life and the progress that I’ve been making.
Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
It’s all that sounds good to my ear at that time. It’s so hard to say that there is an actual process when doing this because I honestly go off of what sounds good to my ear at that time.
Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
Tell us your favorite genre of music.
My favorite genre of music definitely Hip-Hop/Rap but I love Alternative, Punk, Metal, and Indie rock along with some EDM, reggae, Jazz music, and R&B. I love almost all genres of music.
Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
The subject matter of almost all my songs is catered to the emotions I’m feeling at that moment. I try to use those lyrics I write to tell a story about my life and give people insight into how I try to cope with different emotions and how these mechanisms can help the listener with their day-to-day lives.
Tell us all we need to know about this song.
The song “Blue” is about the emotions and the things that I have gone through in the last few months that have caused me to stress out and have feelings of sadness, madness, etc. I really do not like to talk about my feelings and emotions to other people so I made this song to vent those feelings out. The color blue represents sadness and despair but also resembles hope and faith. I used that color as my cover to say that life is hard but I am in the process of finding the pursuit of happiness. The first step to doing that is venting those emotions.
Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.
Digital distribution and streaming are major in today’s world because that is what music is turning to. A digital platform that can be accessed easily across the world.
Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.
Various ways that rappers can boost their revenue is by consistently performing local concerts. Building a reputation and getting your name out is the first and most important thing. From there, money can be made on digital platforms like Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc., and also concerts.
Tell us your thought on self-training and going to an educational institution to study music.
I think going to an educational institution is important for understanding a lot of the terms in music. Having knowledge of note structure, chords, and instrumental structure is important in making music. I will say though that if you are determined and you really do love music, you can learn all these things on your own through tools like YouTube, music sites, music forums, blogs, etc. A lot of successful musicians today had no prior degree or education when it came to music.
Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
You need a hook that will grab the listener’s attention and the structure of the beat is first and foremost. After that, you need to have a clear subject that is being talked about in the song that the audience will catch on to. From there, you have to make sure the delivery of your words is crisp, the delivery of your message in the song is clear, and the song in total just sounds catchy or easy to listen to.
Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.
I do have my own home recording studio but the first thing I am buying is a capable mic and audio interface.
Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.
You have to get the audience involved when performing. Your body posture and your mood at the time mean everything because if you are bringing positive vibes to a concert, the audience will catch on to that and express it by enjoying and vibing to your music. You have to have confidence when performing.
List your five favorite songwriters.
Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Travis Scott, and Ab-Soul.
List your five favorite music producers.
Metro Boomin, 9th Wonder, TM88, Kanye West, J Dilla.
Describe in detail how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.
I am yet to have a song premiered on the radio but when I hear other people playing my music, joy comes to my heart when that happens.
Describe your best mood to write a song.
I have no best mood to write to because I feel like I get different styles in my music based on the mood I am in. I have made awesome songs when I have been sad, happy, and even angry.