This interview is a little special this time around because this is some one I grew up with and know very well. My younger brother Kevin, a talented musician with great musical composition skills. So lets start…
1.Tells us some background information, your education, what you do, how long you’ve been doing it.
Hello my name is . On Stage i go by the name of Kevin Nathaniel. That is my first and middle name. I graduated from Oak Park High, and then i went to N.I.T. i and graduated from there. Now i’m a Music producer engineer. I’ve been doing music production since i was in the tenth grade.
2.What made you become an musician/ music producer?
Well i started playing the piano when i was in the tenth, and when i listen two music i found myself trying to play all of the instruments on the synth. I liked putting together music more than playing the piano. So i started recording myself on a cassette tape and beteween two tapes i would create a man made 8 track system of rerecording with different instruments. Then somebody i dont remember who got a roland xp 80…. AWWWW that was heaven. but anyway. Family and friends always told me that my beats were sweet so i tried even harder to keep up with the sound of the day. http://www.myspace.com/thisiskevinnathaniel
3.In the beginning how did you market yourself?
In the beginning i just used what i had which was church! Every church i went to i showed someone some music of mine even if there were no words to it. it got a real good positive feed back. people wanted tracks and they wanted me to meet others they knew. LOL
4.What tools do you use, software and hardware?
Now…. i use Logic pro 9.. its fairly new. i use it as my main recording software. I have a little bit of outboard gear and of course now days you HAVE TO HAVE some sort of auto tuner. not for the T-Pain or but just for perfection in the vocals!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4paznNFkguk
5.How do you manage the business side?
The business side is the only thing seperating the ones you hear and the ones you dont hear. Doing everything by yourself is hard so if your serious GET A MANAGER YOU CAN TRUST!! thinking about the music and the business is entirely toooo much. Well i have Partners that handle different things.. Ill tell you this… Whenever you collab or do any business with others PUT EVERYTHING IN WRITING. if the other party doesnt want to its not worth your time anyways. And they are prob not serious.
6.where and how do you get inspiration to create music?
I get alot of inspiration from ColdPlay, The Dream, Kanye, and alot of CCM artists…
7.what is some advice you can give to people just starting out as a musician or producer?
I will tell you this…. In order for you to get anything out of music you gotta have self determination because everyones not always gonna be tellin you “hey man thats sweet”.. LOL… but for real you got to push YOUR SELF!!!
Thanks for the interview Kev… I know people will look forward to you posting some tutorials on mastering some basics on the tools you use. Please check out his music it is excellent.