“The birth of my daughter Khamille. I was 17 at the time. It brought out something in me that I didn’t know I had. I can’t really explain what it is, but it’s like a fire inside me that wasn’t there before.”

Check out the interview with K19 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
K19:
I was about 15 when I burned a few of my songs on a blank CD and gave it to my dad to listen to. He went crazy and loved it. He used to dance in a group in Germany, and he showed me the business side and taught me the importance of an artist’s performance. We started doing shows, he bought a building space for my own personal studio, he got my name trademarked, and we began really pushing the music.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
In my opinion it’s basically networking and taking every opportunity you can. You never know who knows who. You can’t be afraid to invest in yourself. If you see a great way to get exposure don’t pass it up.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be significant. I want to be one of those people great enough to have their own movie about them when they pass away. I want to make sure every idea is brought to life and every story is told whether it be through song, skit, movie, or whatever.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
It’s different for every artist. For me it’s finding the best team and finding ways to promote the K19 brand. Music has never been the hard part for me. I’ve always pushed the pen. It’s easy when it’s coming from a real place. As long as I keep living I’m always going to have something to talk about.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?:
I was raised in Gray, GA, a small town near Macon and Milledgeville. I moved to Atlanta in 2015 and everyone is someone here. There is always something going. I’ve met so many connections and built so many important relationships in the 2 years here. Now I just have to stand out.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Be yourself. Invest in yourself. Believe in yourself. Take a chance. Also, when creating songs keep your show and visuals in mind; build a concept, not just a track. Don’t chase hits. The hits will come the more you find yourself and your style.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The birth of my daughter Khamille. I was 17 at the time. It brought out something in me that I didn’t know I had. I can’t really explain what it is, but it’s like a fire inside me that wasn’t there before.

What is your inspiration?
Mostly my mentors. My dad and my granddad are the kings of life lessons. Then of course you have my baby girl. My whole entire support as well, there’s just so many people that can’t wait to see this take off. I have people to make it for, that’s what keeps me going.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It depends on what you mean by success. You have artists that just want to get paid to do what they love. Anyone with a budget and a brand can make it to the point of making money from music and even have a hot song here or there. That’s successful to them. It takes that extra something special to dominate this industry and reach icon status.

Where can we find you on social media?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/theofficialk19
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/k19younggreat/videos
Facebook: k19hadtodoit
Twitter: @k19hadtodoit
Instagram: @k19hadtodoit
Snapchat: @k19hadtodoit