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Today we’d like to introduce you to Ken.

Hi Ken, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Well, I’ve been singing since I was young to the musical Rent, but I didn’t start taking music seriously until I was 18 when my friend Will heard my poetry. He told me if my flow was worked on, I could be a rapper, especially in the new age of rappers that don’t necessarily fit the old, super masculine mold. I didn’t wanna be a rapper though, because I didn’t think my voice had that thing I like in my favorite rappers, so I just started producing for myself on garageband on my way to school and work every morning, doing my own thing. I’ve been producing, writing, and creating my own art ever since, and I’m about to come out with my first EP after being inspired by my move to LA.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My whole way of thinking had to change in order to start making the music I wanted to make and eventually was proud of. I had to abandon my old way of doing things to create something that worked for my new lifestyle, even if it meant changing who I spent time with, breaking the box I built around me to keep myself safe, or just choosing to do what I had to do for myself. I honestly just left my hometown in NYC and like this, last year has been some of the hardest times of my life, being somewhere I don’t really know at all and personalizing my community from nothing, but I navigate the best I could. It hasn’t been a smooth road at all: being an artist takes an immense amount of belief in your own ability to get things done while being understanding of the process and all of its ups and downs. But thats the whole point. I never expected the road to be smooth.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I do a little bit of everything, but I love music the most. I just think everything kinda feeds into each other and it always comes back to the music. I do pretty much my entire music process from start to finish but I’d like to start branching out to my community for certain parts of it.

Producing is the part I love the most, I love hearing something I’ve never heard before that feels bigger than myself. My production was always more on par with my ideas, even when my lyrics weren’t. It’s all feeling. I pride myself on my eclectic style in all of my fields. I don’t know anything like it, and I love making something I’ve never seen before because only I can.

On the side, I also photograph, style, archive, creative direct photoshoots and music video projects, make handmade jewelry, make visual art digitally, and whatever I need to get my hands on to get the vision across. Like I said, a little bit of everything.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I’ve spent my whole musical career hoping to find some kind of mentor or guide, but honestly, you really spend a lot of time teaching yourself the ropes until you feel confident enough to work with others. You just learn by doing it and spending time with others who do it too. But thats when the fun really happens, and when you learn the fastest. I feel like networking comes as I put myself out there so I try not to even think about it, and I think if you believe in yourself enough, the gears just start to move.

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Image Credits:
shot by @brianvu and Nic Jimenez
directed by @besomethingsoft

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