“This industry takes out so much out of your life. If you don’t love it, it’s not going to be fulfilling. The part that really hurts is that you’re putting all your effort and sweat into a song and not having a platform for everyone to enjoy.”

Check out the interview with KinG K exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
KinG K: I always had a love for music. It all began when I got out the Navy in 2004 and poetry became a part of me on my journey. One day I found myself at a friend’s studio and I was amazed by the session. Right away I bought everything for a studio and instantly started to write. That’s when I came up with my first song entitled “Dominoes.”

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Word of mouth is a good tool for networking. Another way to promote your music is by social media until you can afford to pay a professional company to do it for you. I find these to be most effective to promote.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
What I want to become is a professional artist who can command the stage and fans can relate to my music. I want the ability to use my craft to take care of my family and uplift my generation and future generation.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing in this music industry is being able to manage my time with work and family. This industry takes out so much out of your life. If you don’t love it, it’s not going to be fulfilling. The part that really hurts is that you’re putting all your effort and sweat into a song and not having a platform for everyone to enjoy.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Being that I’m from Florida and currently live in Southside Jamaica Queens, it’s two totally different markets. I came from Florida with down south vibes and seeing all the different talent they have in New York is mind blowing. It’s a different type of music that’s is produced New York. I love them equally, but I love music in general.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just be you, be original, and organic. The people will love you as long as you continue to be you. Don’t give up on your dreams and aspirations. Nothing in life comes easy, you always have to remember that. All you need is that one hit, that one person in the right position to hear your music.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing to happen in my career was performing at Coast 2 Coast Live in March and they requested I come back in April. Linking up with my nephew King Maddadan who produce my EP on his label EvaFresh Corp was phenomenal.

What is your inspiration?
What inspires me is music in general, the love of the art. The ability to take words and make it into a song that caters to your life and other individuals to be inspired by.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
If you put your mind to it you can be successful in the music industry because anything is possible in this world. You have to just want it. The question is how bad do you want it?

Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.evafreshlabels.com/king-k
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kingkashi
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ikingk/?hl=en
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ikingkashi
YouTube: King k