“From what I’ve researched and the people I’ve rubbed shoulders with, the best way to promote your music is to form connections with people at record labels and marketing companies who help record labels promote their artists. Try working behind the scenes first instead of immediately trying to be the star.”
Check out the interview with KAB exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Silly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
KAB: It all started at 15 when I met my best friend DeAndre Robbins, a well-known rapper in our school. As we began to hang out more and practice our rhymes, I began to fall in love with hip hop. It wasn’t long before I went over to his house to record a song. Once we finished and I heard my voice I made it my passion.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice to any and every kid out there trying to pursue music as a career is to educate themselves about this industry. Especially the business side. A lot of kids think its super easy to get your foot in the door but it takes time, patience, and money.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest challenges of being in my position is handling things such as promotion and marketing. Not to be conceited, but I have no problem making amazing music. The hard part is just getting it out there to the public to listen and buy.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
From what I’ve researched and the people I’ve rubbed shoulders with, the best way to promote your music is to form connections with people at record labels and marketing companies who help record labels promote their artists. Try working behind the scenes first instead of immediately trying to be the star.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m originally from Detroit, born and raised for the first ten years. When it comes to hip hop music Detroit has a very accepting yet honest view. Most of the rappers and fans in my city are influenced by what’s on the radio. Most of the songs have generic sounding lyrics and beats concerning street life.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself making more noise in the industry. At this point in my life I’m really focused on my music. With all of the negativity and distractions I’ve gotten out of my life, I have the drive to really make things pop.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, and Rick James are some of my biggest influences in terms of how I craft my songs as well as my personality behind the mic. Eminem is by far my biggest influence when it comes to being a rapper. One of my biggest inspirations when it comes to hip hop would have to be Tech N9ne.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t like most of the mainstream that is coming out. Like I said before, it’s all generic and similar sounding music that doesn’t sell. Whether it be hip hop or pop, to me it all sucks. Some people respond by saying “everyone has a preference.” Just like food, everyone has their own taste but we can all agree dirt doesn’t taste good.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Keenan Billings/KAB