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Rising Stars: Meet Kevin Elkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Elkins.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My stage name is Kevvie3TM, I’m was born in 1993 in Modesto, CA. Two months after my birth, I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF); although I usually don’t talk about my personal life, this has a big part to do with how I took on music full time. I was raised to never let anything stop me from doing what I love, I have always had an optimistic outlook on life and from an early age wrote stories, poetry, acted in school plays, and had a deep appreciation for music, especially classic rock. That music appealed to me for its ability to take you on a journey throughout the songs which inspired me to want to make music with purpose and substance. The band the Eagles were a huge inspiration. On the hip-hop side like most kids born in the early ’90s knows Pharrell Williams was a huge figure in hip-hop and was someone I personally looked up to.

Some years later when I was 17 with nothing but words on a note pad I was presented with the opportunity through the make a wish foundation. I used that opportunity to meet Pharrell Williams. Next thing you know I was flown out to Miami to meet him in the Marlin studio. That moment was pivotal in my life and changed everything from that point forward. He was the most humble guy, just as interested in my story as I was in his. Long story short, I rapped for him in the studio that day and I’m sure I would cringe at what 16 years old me had said. His response was “when you get back home, get into a studio and start making music, the world is in the palm of your hands”.

At a young age, that was all I needed to hear, from that day forward I never looked back. Fast-forwarding to today, I have made countless songs grown as an artist, developed my own sound and style, performed in various places including my first show at 19 in LA. I knew one day I needed to be in this city chasing my dream. Years later now in my 20’s I met a home town kid by the name of Ibeshocker, I did a cypher he put on through the stan state college. From that he and I started working together. He had set up OpenStudios at his place in West Hollywood, soon after the time came when he said “You need to be out here in LA”. From then I started the commute from up north (central valley) to LA, crashing on the couch in the studio making music every day. If there is one thing I can say to anyone who wants to chase their dreams it’s that; We are all born with wings, it just takes a rare mentality to jump. Don’t let uncertainty cripple you from reaching your full potential; we all have what it takes to be great. I have always believed in myself and the people around me. I’m grateful to have supportive people in my life, and as long as I’m blessed and fortunate enough to be here I want to push that mentality to never give up; keep going after what you love, the rest will work itself out.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We moved a lot when I was young and didn’t always live in the best parts of my city. I went through struggles at a young age and grew up fast. My mom was a single mother raising two kids. Even when things were tough, she taught me to always keep my head up and keep going. We moved in with my grandparents for a while and I would write music every day in the spare room. That coming summer, I then met Rob in 2011 he had a studio at his house and started recording me as well as got me my first show, he took on the role of my manager. I was living in the studio for a while and then moved into a trailer on the side of one of my friend’s house. I set up the studio there and started recording music. No matter the circumstance, I took what I learned from my mom and kept going no matter what. After being on a waitlist for some time, we got into government housing which helped keep a roof over our heads. I moved back in with my mom to help out meanwhile bartending and doing shows opening for other artists around northern California. Although things haven’t always been easy, I never wanted to let my circumstances hinder me from going for what I want. Whatever I’m going through, I think others have done more with less so I continue to keep pushing.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a recording artist/ songwriter. I implement the things I have been through in my life, in my art. I strive to make relatable music that people can relate to. I want to make a positive impact and use my voice to give hope and create a vibe others can enjoy. I would say my music is real, you know I mean what I say and have lived my words. That would be my strong suit, I have always been good at communication and telling a story. I am most proud of my journey, the constant struggle and fight to prove myself, making it my goal to be better than my last song and stay on top of my health so that I can continue doing what I love. I’m a competitive person by nature and who better to compete against than yourself. That is what separates me from others, I am a hundred percent me, and in doing so no one will find another person similar. Uniqueness comes from authentication being who you were intended to be.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
That nothing is guaranteed. Life is fragile. I found a way to make use of this time in putting all my efforts into making music and growing as an artist. With an underlying health condition, I have to be very careful about what I do and who I’m around. I have a close group of people I make music with and the statement “locked in the studio” has never been more true. In life, there are many things out of our control, and Covid certainly has made this generation very aware of that. What we can control is our time management and taking care of ourselves. Those are the things I have personally focused on.

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– Nevin (Ibeshocker) – 24 Productions – Benjamine Garcia – AG Lexis

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