Exclusive Interview: K C
Female R&B artists have been going through a renaissance in recent years, with many women making a name for themselves in the genre, such as Ari Lennox, Kehlani, and SZA. With a renaissance in a genre comes many young artists that look to make an impact in their own way. I talked with one young woman in particular that's beginning to make some noise in the game, K C.
ML3: Well for starters K C, where are you from?
K C: I’m from Oakland, California.
ML3: That's great, the Bay Area needs more people in the industry. You've said before that music is your plan A, and that there isn’t a plan B...do you remember the moment you fall in love with music?
K C: When I was 4 years old, my mom bought me a toy keyboard, and I taught myself how to play ‘twinkle twinkle little star’. I remember how proud I was of myself, I ran to my parents to show them. I’d say that’s when I fell in love with music.
ML3: As you grew up, who were the artists and genres that you began to gravitate towards?
K C: I grew up listening to R&B/Hip-Hop mostly, listening to artists such as Ashanti, Musiq Soulchild, and Jay-Z to name a few from that era. With that being said, my music taste is very vast. I also grew up around the music of Darius Rucker, Panic! At The Disco, and Teena Marie. R&B will always be a favorite for me though, and has the strongest influence on my music.
ML3: Did you know you wanted to become an artist at an early age, or was this a more recent decision?
K C: I’d say both. When I was a kid, I always told people I wanted to be a superstar, but as you get older people diminish those type of dreams, simply because it seems super far fetched, I’d say for those times, they probably weren’t wrong. I started to give up on my dream until last year when I started college. It was then that I realized I would gain nothing from not at least trying it out. It’s easier to chase those dreams now vs. a decade ago.
ML3: When did you officially begin recording?
K C: I started recording in May 2018. So not that long, but it was something that came very natural to me.
ML3: Do you have any specific artist you want to model yourself after, or are you trying to create your own specific lane?
K C: As far as an image, I admire Saweetie. The way she carries herself in the harsh rap game is so inspiring, she’s almost untouchable. She looks like the prom queen you secretly wanted to be in high school, but she also doesn’t look like the Regina George type, instead she seems gracious and humble, but she knows, and everyone knows, that she’s the IT girl. When it comes to my music though, I stay in my own lane. I listen to a lot of music, and I’d say songs influence me more than an artists do per say.
ML3: What mark do you wanna make in the music industry?
K C: I just want my art and my stories to resonate with people. When I would go through rough times, I never talked about it with anybody. It would just be me, my feelings, and some headphones. There are so many songs out there that I can listen to and remember the times, remember the heartache and I think “this song really helped me out.” That’s what I wanna do for people.
ML3: What are the top 7 artists that you’d hope to collaborate with in the future?
K C: The artists I'd like to work with are ALLBLACK, Playboi Carti, Kehlani, Cardi B, Lil Wayne, Drake, and DaniLeigh.
ML3: Are you strictly a singer, or do you rap as well?
K C: I’m just a singer...for now. If I was a rapper, I would be so dope, in some of my songs I have a melodic rap style. I just don’t have the voice to rap, I have a deep speaking voice, and I’d have to create a whole persona if I were to be a rapper. You also have to be really tough for the rap game, because it’s very competitive, and I don’t know if that’s the type of person I am. I’m very laidback and don’t care about beef, but if I were to be a rapper, I’d be a real threat.
ML3: Your single, “Thought You Knew”, is great and beginning to get a lot of looks, what’s the next move as far as a music video?
K C: The visual is currently in the works, I have the who, what, when, and where done. Now, it’s just the product waiting to be finished. The visual is going to take this song to the next level, showing my audience who I am, and what the song really means to me.
ML3: Do you have another single or EP on the way?
K C: I do have another single dropping soon, and I’m working on a collective of songs, but right now I’m really just working on a catalog vs. a body of work. Long story short, I like singles.
ML3: What should we expect from K C in 2019?
K C: You should expect me to take over the world. I’m an unpredictable person, and my music is unpredictable as well. I don’t really have a plan honestly. I go with the flow, the people and the world guide me in the path that I set for myself. Just expect a whole lot of dopeness next year.
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