ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: KH1
KH1, tell us a little more about how you got into music.
I got into music seriously in March of 2020.
The idea of rapping was never a serious venture for me even though I would freestyle in school and people would gravitate towards it in a room.
I realized that I had better rhymes than rappers that already started their careers within my city of Linden, New Jersey.
They were good, but I knew I could be a top tier artist in the industry.
I’ve always listened to music because my family contains a heavy musical background.
My mindset on being an official artist changed in march when I was a mentor to elementary school kids.
I was in my senior year and a lot of the younger kids knew me already and looked up to my academic accomplishments.
I was always known for my intelligence and I knew I could be much more.
When we would go on lunch breaks, I had a friend that always came to my music technology class and played the piano and would make me freestyle to the beat.
There was a piano in that room and he insisted that I rap.
It went from three people taking a video of me to the whole room of 50 people including teachers rocking along with my rhymes.
I was celebrated the whole day with compliments being showered upon me.
Shortly after that, I wrote my first song in late March and began consulting with my cousin about pursuing a full time career.
He vowed to groom me into a monstrous artist if I was serious and carried a great level of ambition.
Ever since then, I have pursued my dream of being a nationally known independent artist.
Your music is such a vibe! What is your creative process when it comes to making music?
My creative process is quite unique, as I started my career with a laptop and a pair of worn out beats headphones.
I would go on YouTube for my beats until I started meeting producers and making my own beats.
I would listen to it and freestyle over it in different flows until I found one that I liked.
I didn’t go to my cousins studio until a month into my career.
So, I got into the habit of remembering my cadence on the song while the beat played because I didn’t know how to record myself on a laptop until later.
This boosted my memory of rhymes and allowed me to work until I reached perfection, so I expect nothing less and I now use the same process for my rough recordings before I go to the studio.
I will use my old method and then record it because I make approximately 2 to 5 songs a day, even with my busy schedule of college and work.
What would you say to aspiring artists who look up to your music?
I would say first and foremost, never let anyone else dictate the amount of success that you will have.
Nobody else can truly see your vision, and some people aren’t visionaries so they don’t have any belief in your dreams.
My music is also authentic, never conform to society's standards of what a traditional rap artist is supposed to talk about or sound like.