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Meet Kinley III of Kinley Beatz Records

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kinley III.

Kinley, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
At the age of 14 in 2010 was the first time I tried making music, it was on my dad’s iMac and I was very intrigued with how the process of making music went. I had previous knowledge of GarageBand, an apple amateur software that is used for composing and arranging music.

At that time, the only access to sounds I had was the free loops that apple provided in GarageBand, so that was my inspiration. I can say without a doubt I was very happy, because just being able to make something, something original, and something I can put my name on was very special to me. After making a few beats I felt the limitations of only being able to use their loops, so I found royalty-free loops on the internet and I would use the drums to match with the melodies I created. Needless to say, those beats were not pleasant on the ears, but I was proud of them and they were mine.

Moving forward to 2014, I just graduated high school, and I knew I couldn’t use my dad’s computer for forever so my entire fall semester was saving up to get my own MacBook to continue my music and when I did I also bought an AKAI midi keyboard. Using that keyboard helped me not just make beats but learn how to play piano and make more complex melodies, but what lacked in my music was identity and more importantly drums. Fast-forwarding to 2016 when things really started to get moving for me. I purchased a beat machine along with a new program Maschine by Native Instruments. I was able to create more original music, better drum patterns and have access to more sounds. After the learning curve of 2 months on how to work the controller and program and it was worth it. In dramatic fashion, I learned a real tough lesson in the fall of 2017 by my external hard drive crashing and losing all of my music from the beginning up to that point. On top of that, my beat machine was broken two months later. As a result, I took some time away from making music and just being a fan of it again.

About six months later, after picking myself up, I purchased a new machine and I was ready to take things serious this time. I have backups of all my music, I export stem files for potential clients, and I started to take this production thing as if it were a real business. By this time, I came up with the idea of Kinley Beatz Records, and I wanted to share my music to the world. Jumping to where I am now is a blessing. I have five published projects on all music media platforms for consumption, I work with artist so that I make money for my work and benefit from all my hardworking, I taught myself how to engineer music and vocals creating another stream of revenue. My vision for Kinley Beatz Records is to inspire other artist and producers to be themselves, create through all adversity, and share your dream with the world because there is always someone who can relate.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Obstacles I have had to endure include losing my music, having reservations about my music and myself, finding ways to share it with the world without going broke, and just not having the best equipment. When I mix and master my music I do it through headphones, which is not good because I have to find ways to make sure it sounds good in all listening spaces. This took time to develop and a lot of trial and error.

Please tell us about Kinley Beatz Records.
My company Kinley Beatz Records is everything. Right now, it is just me and I handle everything, from music production, engineering, mastering, marketing, and finding ways to promote and share the music. What I’m proud of is the fact it took time to just invest in myself. It took time to realize for right now I have to learn how to be the best I can be so that maybe I can help others share their dream and vision to the world. What I want to separate myself from others is teaching and exemplifying, self-sufficiency. Being able to learn and depend on yourself, because you cannot always depend on others, so if you teach yourself how to survive and make it. No one can ever take that from you.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Those that deserve credit would be my family and friends, in particular, my wonderful mother, Patricia Jackson, my beautiful and radiant girlfriend Diamond Martin, my best friends, Blake Terry, Russell Reed, and Mohammed Raza. This group always gave me constructive criticism, relentless support, and believing in me.

Pricing:

  • Leases With Tag – $30
  • Purchases (ownership) – $80-$100

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Image Credit:

Diamond Martin, Russell Reed, Clifford Jackson III

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