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Art & Life with Kevin Justin Graves

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Justin Graves.

Kevin Justin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles; it’s been a pretty crazy experience, to say the least. My brothers and I initially got into acting and then kinda shifted into music together. My brothers and I were in a band for four years or so. There’s a level of music addiction I picked up somewhere along the line.

Since then, I decided to get accredited academically as a music producer/engineer. Now, I’m working as a freelance music producer for signed and unsigned Artist and I’m Loving it. Because I still want to remain an artist as well, I also write and perform as Kevin Justin and sing/write for an LA rock & roll band called “Goodboys”.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
At the moment my main form of art is the music I’m making for myself and other artist. I have developed my own sound and style over the years which I would best describe as a mix of soul /pop/ vintage rock. My biggest influences came from listening to artists such as Ray Charles, Etta James (tattooed on my leg), Elvis, Amy Winehouse, and The Rolling Stones early music. I enjoy a lot of genres in music but nothing resonates with me like Soul music does.

I also have had a love for vintage fashion art and music ever since I was young. I listened and studied the Harlem jazz scene in the 20s. I remember asking for a jazz album for Christmas when I was only nine years old. Then there’s the incredible soul artist who came out of the infamous muscle shoals studio in Louisiana. The list could go on and on
but the point is I want to bring back a little taste of these eras In music and art in my own way to our current music scene.

In 2019, I’m working on two albums a soul album under the artist name of Kevin Justin, and an album with the band Goodboys. I’m extremely excited about how both are turning out, it doesn’t sound like anything I’ve heard before and yet still feels accessible and soulful. I’m also slowly working on a project to remake a classic vintage venue here in Los Angeles.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I would say yes it can be lonely and at a certain point you need to decide if you’re passion for the art, overcomes the obstacles that come with working in the entertainment /Art world.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find/support me by following me through my social media, or personal website where all of my music, merch, photo galleries and social media is linked.

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Image Credit:
Mathew Benton Photography

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