Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenny Harmon.
Kenny, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve loved music for my entire life. I started out in youth orchestral programs as a drummer in the 4th grade and continued bouncing between school programs and personal projects through high school. I studied Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music, finished in three years and rushed to LA, driving across the country and staying in friends’ homes, playing shows all the way here over the course of a month.
I didn’t take the usual route of starting in a studio as a runner or assistant and started out working as a recording engineer at Alex da Kid’s record label where I met Bobby Raps. After that, I started working for Andrew Dawson, from whom I’ve learned so much, and Bobby connected me with Rex Kudo. I have to say Bobby has been so influential on my career. I spent the rest of 2019 and the start of 2020 working with Rex in almost all of the big Hollywood studios, 12-22 hour sessions, just making great music.
The quarantine leads to some changes, no more sessions in the big studios, but I have my own studio space to work in now and the work hasn’t stopped. Lots of mixing and work for Bobby Raps, Corbin, Rex Kudo, Chief Keef and many more. I’m very thankful for all the people that have turned what could have been a very bad time for me into a positive.
I’m still just working freelance as a producer/engineer, working to build up my career every day, making music that I’m truly proud of!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s definitely been a challenge. It’s often difficult to get paid, and sometimes it’s hard to wait on people to send checks. Since I first moved out here, I’ve had to give up most of my income to pay student loans. That’s still the situation and it’s very hard, but I’ve been lucky enough to figure it out every month!
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I work freelance as a producer/engineer in the music industry. I’ve worked with countless artists of different genres, Tones and I, RMR, Chief Keef, Bobby Raps, Luke James, and a number of producers.
I pride myself on versatility. I’ve worked in nearly every type of studio setting and know how to use recording consoles through-and-through. My skills in mixing and recording are my most applied, and they help immensely with my production work!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me would mean having a large catalog that I’ve spent my life building of music that I am genuinely proud of. I’ve also learned to let general music listeners tell me if I’m doing something right.
I also will feel successful when I’m in a comfortable position with all of my business dealings organized and handled to a point where I no longer have to worry about that.
It takes time to put together the right business team in music and figure out what you really need; managers, business managers, etc., so that’s one goal that I know will make me feel successful and able to focus my energy almost entirely on the music.
Grammies and plaques could be generally considered measures of success too and would certainly be nice, but to me they’re not essentials. I don’t have much control over those sorts of things so what happens happens.
- Website: kennyharmon.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenny_harmon/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kenny_harmon
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