“You need to start out by defining what success is to you. Set those limits and goals so that you have a clear picture of where you’re trying to go. Success comes in many forms.”
Check out the interview with Kid Akeem exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kid Akeem: It wasn’t until I began playing my first instrument in the 3rd grade did I realize my deep interest in music. Six months after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2011, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 24. Post diagnosis I felt isolated and music became an outlet and form of therapy. It allowed me to express my feelings in a constructive and positive way and inspired me to share my story.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The best way I like to promote my music is by engaging with the people listening to it. I travel a lot for work and that allows me to meet all types of people all over the country. I feel like making a real connection with someone listening to my music will have more of a lasting effect than a like or a comment.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Music has become very trendy, a lot of what’s on the radio and getting airplay sounds very similar to one another. The challenge I face is staying current with the ever changing industry while staying true to myself and not getting caught up in being a hype-beast.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
While Kansas City is home, I currently reside in Houston. There are so many opportunities out here to get heard. The Houston sound is very unique with the beats, 808’s, and snare claps. I appreciate the music as well, but mine doesn’t sound that way. I get to stand out and sound a little more unique.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel the future of music will include more indie artists. Less and less people are wanting to work with record labels and instead actually doing everything ourselves. Artists today are making moves that will help the music industry evolve into an all-inclusive industry.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
You need to start out by defining what success is to you. Set those limits and goals so that you have a clear picture of where you’re trying to go. Success comes in many forms. You have to be sure you know what yours look like. Just like anything else in life, you have to work hard at your craft, perfect it, and constantly learn about it.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life inspires me to write my next song. Reflecting on the past and present, watching TV, and experiences can get me in my zone. There is no one form of inspiration. When it feels right, I write.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Most of my inspiration comes from the beats. The beats tell a story and I’m just adding the words and those foundational pillars make a new story. I like brainstorming ideas, but that can be a repetitive cycle of trial and error. It’s definitely a process. I might even start a song 7-10 times before I really start writing. I’ll get it down eventually, but it does take time.
What do you think makes a great song?
Feelings, creativity, playfulness, silliness, emotion, dope lyrics, and a catchy hook and you got you an Aquafina SunnyD.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.iamkidakeem.com
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