“I want to be a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop world and ultimately be someone who inspires the masses to be themselves in a society where everyone wants to be like someone.”
Check out the interview with Kenton exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Kenton: This all began in a basement in the city of Jonesboro in Georgia. I don’t really have history on the music scene because only my fans know who I am, and no one outside of my fan base knows me. I plan to make that change with the help of God and my team.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
That would definitely be any social media outlets one can think of. You could consider doing the traditional pass your CD out type thing, but people are most likely using Aux cords more in this extremely digital era and a CD would just get passed up.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be at the point where I would be well known but not too mainstream. I want to be a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop world and ultimately be someone who inspires the masses to be themselves in a society where everyone wants to be like someone. I hope I am given the chance to prove myself.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I haven’t stepped a foot in the music business firsthand; however, I have had few tastes of how the business is because of my uncle Archie Eversole. He would always tell me that the hardest thing about being in the music industry is living up to everyone’s expectations.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s mostly suburban in Jonesboro, but you can take a 45 minute drive to get to Atlanta and as the world knows the music scene here is going way up. It’s mainly trap music that’s popularized here, but I want to be that fire lyricist to come up in the midst of the trap influence that’s literally everywhere.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Practice on your craft daily. If music is what you really want to do stay on that shit. Consistency is key. Once you feel you had enough training and you can feel your style evolving. Start sending your sound to various A&Rs, online radio submissions, etc. Gain fans by grassroots and network with people who know people.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
To be honest, I haven’t achieved anything extravagant yet besides getting 37k plays on Soundcloud. I am working hard for my shot to eventually do something that I can call the “best thing.”
What is your inspiration?
My Inspiration comes from multiple places. My main inspiration in general are my fans because they are the tastemakers of what I create. My career’s fate is in their hands so they inspire me to improve as an artist. Artists that inspire my sound would be Kendrick, Gambino, and Kanye.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
There are millions of artists in the world that make music, but I feel only a handful of those people will be successful in music because not everyone can make it.