AKA Kelvin Lawrence
SCHOOL: Kent State University
Q: When did you know you were creative?
A: I knew I was a creative at an early age. I’ve always seen things differently, and I knew that had to be a special thing.
Q:What does being an artist mean to you?
A: Being an artist to me means being vulnerable enough to let the world know who you are, being able to communicate with them through your platform, and being able to take a personal issue or topic, while making it relate-able to others.
Q: What inspires your music?
A: Obviously, I want to work with the greats in music, but the state of sadness or hatred that fuels the world also inspires me. Negativity radiates everywhere these days it seems like. I want my music to make people happy and help them forget how harsh our world can be sometimes.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: My sound is like a video game with a soundtrack full of jazz and house music. It reminds me of cool elevator music or my favorite video game soundtracks like Sonic and other popular Sega games.
Q: Is it harder or easier to express one’s creative self in 2019? Why?
A: I would say it’s easier to express one’s self in 2019, because so many barriers are being broken. Many stigmas and assumptions are now null and void. Certain things that were frowned upon are now encouraged. We live in a world now where you can be you un-apologetically. Times are different now, and people are a lot more open-minded.
Q: Which place in the universe do you feel reflects your music the most?
A: If the UK and the West Coast had a baby, it would perfectly reflect on the styles of music I love and make.
Q: Are there any current or past musicians or artists that motivate you?
A: Monte Booker is one of my biggest inspirations along with Tyler the Creator and Pharrell Williams.
Q: Would you rather make beats for the new wave musicians or old school legends?
A: If it was up to me, i would rather make music for the new generation of artists. I want to be remembered for being a pioneer of something great. I want to be one of the artists responsible for shifting the sound of hip hop or music in general. Although, it would be a dream to work with old legends, I feel like I would have a bigger impact and more longevity working with the new and up coming generations.
Q: What is your favorite thing about music?
A: My favorite thing about music is that there are no boundaries or rules. Nobody can tell you how to create your visions. As long as it sounds good, people will love it. That’s beautiful.
Q: Do you have a favorite project you have completed?
A: My new project “After Hours” which is a beat tale full of house music is hands down my favorite. It shows my progression from my first tape “Why Take the Stairs,” and I was finally able to grasp the sound and concepts I wanted to as a producer.
Q: How do you want people to feel when they listen to your vibes?
A: I want people to feel overwhelmed with happiness when they listen to my music. Have you ever listened to a song that you couldn’t help but dance and smile to? That’s the impact I always want to have on my listeners.
Q: What are some of your future goals and aspirations?
A: In the future I plan to grow not only as a producer, but also a musician and creative as a whole. I want to be a one man wrecking crew. My next goal is to learn videography and graphic design, so I can make my ideas come to life!
Q: Would you say that art/music has had an impact on you? How?
A: Music and art had a major impact on me. I struggled with finding my fit in society. I always felt like an outcast, but music makes me feel accepted. It makes me feel empowered knowing I can create a song from scratch. Many people can say the same thing. Music is a life saver.
Q: Tell us a something that you don’t or cant communicate in your music that still means a lot to you.
A: I care tremendously about the youth and the things they are told growing up. I want kids to know that it isn’t crazy to follow your dreams. If you want to be a rapper, be the best you can be. Put that work and time in! Be a student of your craft at all times! If you want to be an astronaut, then go get it. Playing it safe is for losers who wish they would have bet on themselves. Most adults hate themselves and what they made out of their lives. Don’t listen to them. Follow your heart.