Hello, everyone, MissTaintedLove here again - I bring you another great artist interview.
Today I am interviewing the talented hip-hop artist KEI-SHON-SON. KEI-SHON-SON is from Long Beach, California, and you can check out his official page here.
Now, let's get started with the interview.
I don’t really know the origins of it… especially since I have been using the name for over 15 years … but apart of it has to do with me being a child of Hip-Hop.
MTL: How were you first introduced to music in your life?
I was first introduced at the age of 9 when I was given the “Michael Jackson – Thriller” album for Christmas and I am talking about the actual record.
MTL: At what point in your life was the defining moment that made you realize what you wanted to do, as a musician?
It was around the age of 11 when I was at a peewee league football practice and some adult rappers where filming a video with a film crew and they allowed me and some friends to be in the video, and soon after I got the number to there manager and she said send her some music… and ever since then I had been recording music that was worthy of doing business.
MTL: How long have you been making music now? When did you begin rapping?
I have been rapping for about 20 years and I would say for about 5 years as a professional… where the business side comes to the forefront.
MTL: How do you describe the style/genre of your own music?
I consider my style as being authentic Hip-Hop and that is with me paying homage to legends that brought it this far … with an original sound and style that all of Hip-Hop can be proud of.
MTL: If you could describe you and your music in five words, what would they be?
This song sounds like love
MTL: What do you feel sets you apart from the crowd?
What set me apart from the crowd is that I am the crowd… meaning that I am an authentic fan of the music and the Hip-Hop culture and the people that are fans of my music are simply like-minded individuals who share similar taste.
MTL: What type of music/artists have influenced you and your music?
I listen to a lot of classic R&B and Rock from the 70’s to influence my style as I feel that it helps me to stay original and unique… instead of producing a style that everybody is used to.
MTL: What is the inspiration for your music?
I get inspired by the beat itself.. as I do not know where I would be with out the beat. So, whatever is the mood of the beat will be the mood of the song.
MTL: What was your first project? How have you grown since then?
My first project was a cassette tape that I made in 1996 with beats that I made myself … and the production side of it was pretty solid back then … but my vocals and overall delivery kind of sucked. Which is also why I took a while to get a little bit better … before you are finally hearing me.
MTL: What do you feel is the best piece of music you've created? Why do you choose this one?
My up-coming album titled “Tha SleepWalkers: Sub-Conscience” as it is a better version of myself, by me correcting past errors within past songs.
MTL: What can you tell us about "I Can't Call It - Vol 4"? How does it differ from any of your previous projects?
Well, the whole “I C C I” series is more about feelings in general as I get them off my chest and on to the beat… which is why they are always as a free download and tend to have the same musical sound… as with other projects in my catalog they tend to be more focused on a specific direction and have original production.
MTL: What type of mindset do you get into before you enter the studio to record? Do you do anything special to prepare yourself?
I try to clear my mind. Light incenses and drink lots of water and spend time with the beat for a while.
MTL: What are your thoughts of the current state of the music industry? How do you feel you fit into it?
The Music industry is in a very good place right now… with the power of the internet and getting music to the masses… but as far as me fitting into it.. I feel that my impact will be very positive with new energy and also a revival of dormant Hip-Hop fans who have felt like they are out of place with the youth… just like I do at times.
MTL: Where do you see yourself as an artist five years from now?
In 5 years I see myself as touring and performing for people on a regular basis…and maybe some executive work as I love to bring the best out of other artist and their projects.
MTL: What plans do you have in the near future for music release/recording? What sets this upcoming project apart from your previous ones?
My up-coming album titled “Tha SleepWalkers: Sub-Conscience” which is also produced by myself, actually reflects the growth and evolution of myself as an artist and producer and the journey to reach the maturity level of a true professional.
MTL: Any upcoming tour plans?
Yes I plan to tour extensively through the US and Europe just to really get out and meet people and embrace the fans and besides it being a great source of income … I love performing only second to creating the music itself as they are the core to artistic musical expression.
MTL: Any words of advice for young/aspiring musicians?
Only I advice I can give besides making the best sounding music that you possible… is to get as many people that you can to hear and like your music and everything else will work itself out.
Thanks to KEI-SHON-SON for the interview. You can check out more of KEI-SHON-SON at the links below: