TMN is ecstatic to have had the opportunity to pose a few questions to Artist Known As Kenny. Read on to learn more about the thoughts and inspirations behind his incredible work.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up for part of my life in the Island of Barbados, Boston Massachusetts and spent some time in San Diego CA.
What is your musical background?
Music started for me at home as a kid in the community listening to any popular music played on stations or aired on television. I had a keyboard so I tried to learn and play any music I heard, especially gospel music as I had to go to church. Trying to learn to read music became a challenge and I never got that done as I was growing up; everything was done by ear. Tried several classes, joined our school band and played euphonium but stopped as time went on due to the incapability of reading sheet music and playing at the same time. Went on from there to experiment with beats and mostly singing the music popular with my community at that point which was rap, dancehall, and RNB. It stuck as I now record only those genres until something else captures my mind. I stop playing instruments for years or trying to learn them and mostly just perform my own music.
Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite musicians?
My biggest influence basically is any thing that sounds good to me and that is unique meaning it DOES NOT FOLLOW A BOOK DEFINITION of music. Any artist that is free and creates music that does not follow the format catches my attention. My favorite musician is the Artist known as Kenny as I now try to follow myself and I also listen to a musician local to me known as STEPHEN due to the fact I know him personally and he makes music with Lafamiliar Records.
How would you describe your own style?
I describe my own style as a work of art in progress.
What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
The main inspirations for the lyrics I write is life and any situation a majority can relate to.
What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
My dream venue to perform would be Staples Center.
I have lots of unrecorded music but will get around to it as the recording is a challenge in terms of getting what you really want or what you are going for as most engineers have an idea of what sounds good to them instead of giving what a person wants or is paying for. Once we find the right place, there will be much more next year done a bit differently.