Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Famuyiro.
Hi Kevin, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started writing music in the 9th grade when my older brother started making beats and brought home Jeezy’s ‘Can’t Ban The Snowman’ mixtape. I was bullied throughout middle school, and over the summer break, I swore to myself that things would be different in high school. That summer also happened to be the time my oldest sister was visiting from college with a new-at-the-time Apple MacBook with GarageBand installed. When she let me use it, I’d record songs I wrote in class with either my older brother’s beats or with crappy beats I made using my iPod Touch. Eventually, A lot of kids at school knew me for making music, and while I didn’t look like a rapper, I sure as hell could spit like one. I started interning at a YouTube multi-channel network, and it changed the trajectory of my life for the better. As I leveled-up in that field, I started making beats again, and I had an epiphany; maybe I can create content that’ll help other musicians, producers, artists, and more not make the same industry mistakes I’ve made, and the goal blossomed into ‘Beats With Kev’ an online persona of mine that aims to make incredible music on my own terms, all while teaching people everything I know about filmmaking, tech, music production, and more. My day job is in SEO now, but every night I’m editing a video in Davinci Resolve, upgrading my gaming PC, or making beats.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Throughout college, working at Walgreens, the YMCA, and lifeguarding at the Hawthorne City Pool, I learned to produce my own beats. I studied countless media, and I also learned how to mix, master, and even shoot music videos. I was making a name for myself, but the traction wasn’t there. A couple of independent albums, some very close calls, and thousands of unanswered emails later, I called it quits. As hard I tried to get me and my friends “on” in the world of entertainment, I felt like a failure. To add fuel to the fire, I was let go from a terrible call center job, broke up with my ex-girlfriend, and felt the lowest I’ve ever been in my life. I poured my heart and soul into hip-hop, but all that was left was emptiness and dread.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades; in a single day, I could write a song, record it, mix it, shoot a video for it, and release it. My work ethic was unmatched compared to my peers, and now that I specialize in content creation, I know my way around the kinds of content that have the potential to be successful. Making music production tutorials and excitingly informative content is the easier part, but getting that content to the right people is harder than ever. If I’m proud of anything, it’s that with enough patience, I can do whatever I set my mind to. I wasn’t born good at anything, but I never let anyone tell me that I didn’t have the capacity to learn and try my very best. Losses are lessons to me, and even when I failed, I learned from it and adapted for the better.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
New experiences that have the potential to humble me. When this is published, I’ll be 30, and I’ve seen and done so many things not many people who look like me have achieved. I’ve had a chance to perform my music live in front of a crowd, I’ve traveled the world with my friends and helped people all around with my tutorials, music, and words.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.beatswithkev.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beatswithkev/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktfright/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ktfright
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/beatswithkev
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/ktfright
Beats With Kev, art by Chris Faccone