Q. What are your influences in music?
My influences are Deadmau5 and J Dilla. I've never heard of House Music until high school. one of my friends had a deadmau5 wristband, I asked him how you pronounce it, and he said "Dead Mouse".
I always thought it was some weird code name saying "DeadMauFive." As for J Dilla, I love hip hop beats and instrumentals and Dilla was a huge inspiration to me, he was a producer that was way ahead of his time and
also gone too soon. Rest In Peace to him.
Q. For how long have you been doing music? What was your trigger to start your career as an artist?
I've been doing music for 6 years now, starting from the beginning of 2015, which was a few months after my high school graduation. I always wanted to know how to produce music and honestly,
I didn't expect that learning to do took quite awhile. My only software is instruments and FL Studio. I rarely watched any YouTube videos on how to produce. I started everything from scratch.
Q. Who produces your music?
Me, Myself and I. Obviously there are some royalty free samples involved. But I make my music from scratch.
Q. What is your process to create your music? (Do you start by listening to the instrumental then writing your lyrics?)
Fun fact. Most of my music is actually from dreaming, there will be a tune playing in my head as I awake and just process that into FL Studio. Some are also from royalty free sample sites
and I just add my own tunes along with it. There are also some people that will request and ask me to create something out of sampling.
Q. What kind of instrumental do you like the most?
I use the Piano a lot. You can tell from listening to my music.
Q. Which instrument would you like to learn in the coming year?
Definitely the guitar and flute. I would like to use that more into my future projects.
Q. Let's say that your budget is unlimited. If you could pick an artist for a future collaboration, who would you pick?
If I wanna make house music, It's easily Deadmau5. I'm his #1 fan. He inspired me to become who I am today. For Hip Hop, I love Hit-Boy as a producer. I think he has a lot of potentials to be one of the greatest producers of all time.
Q. Several artists say they write their own lyrics while instead people can notice that many artists are helped by ghostwriters.
As an artist which place do you give in writing texts and being the interpret?
I'm a music producer, not a songwriter. However, in the producing community, there's a thing call Ghost Producers. I think there has to be a balance for those who ghostwrite and produce.
Too much ghostwriting and producing takes away the quality and "texture" of the artists' sound, and that's bad for business!
Q. How many music videos would you like to do for your project? Do you think that artists must do a lot of music videos per project to stay relevant in the music industry?
I would like to do as much as I can if I can get the help needed. If you're a well-known famous artist. Then I think you would have to do a good amount of music videos. But as for relevancy? Not really.
Q. Before the pandemic, which places around the world have you been able to visit for your career?
Pittsburgh, New York, Rehoboth Beach, Atlantic City. However I would love to visit South Korea, Japan and Nigeria.
Q. What are your plans for 2021? Are you currently working on projects?
Yes, on March 19th, my 6th studio album called "Six" will be released. After that I'm planning on working and producing with low-profile and D-list artists. 2021 will be an important year for me.
More about KevWest:
Progressive House, Trap, Hip Hop and R&B
"6" will be released on March 19th
- KAISER EP
- The Idea!
- Back 2 Basics
- McKean Street