ARTIST ON THE WATCH: KunD!

This is KunD!

KunD!, tell us some more about how you got started in music?

As for how I got started in music, I guess I’ve kinda always been around it.


I didn’t start making my own music until somewhere around the summer of 2016, but my relationship with music began long before that.

I started off taking piano lessons when I was about five years old up until I graduated high school.


I also was in all my school choirs too.


Growing up, my parents would always play a wide array of music around the house.

I’d hear everything from the soul music of James Brown, to the music of the Motown era, to 80’s rock and pop music, 90’s R&B, and almost everything else in between.


I’m also a first-generation Cameroonian American, so there’d be a lot of West African and Congolese music playing around the house as well.

I feel that growing up the way I did definitely played a huge defining role in my relationship with music.


It helped me develop a true love, a true appreciation for it, and that appreciation has been one of my biggest sources of motivation throughout my music career.

What would you say has been the most difficult aspect about launching a career in music?

I think the most difficult thing for me has been focusing on my own journey.


You know, when you’re on social media as an artist, you’re constantly being shown other artists’ progress and their updates.


You’ll hear about a Spotify playlist placement here, or see a post for a poppin' music video release there, etc.


Whatever you do see is a constant reminder of everything that other artists’ are doing, and sometimes that can make you feel a little self-conscious.

You start questioning if you’re doing the wrong thing because what you’re doing doesn’t look like what someone else is doing, and on top of that, it looks to you like that ‘someone else is succeeding.


This is definitely something that I’ve had to deal with as an artist.


But when that happens, I always remind myself that my journey, and mine alone, is the only one that matters and that helps me focus and re-center.

Your music is incredible; how would you describe your style/sound?

Thank you truly.


My sound is something that I’ve been working on and experimenting with since I first started back in 2016.


And that work is still ongoing.


I’m constantly trying to push my sound.

Looking at where I’m at now musically though, I’m not sure if I can really pin down my sound to one genre.


I draw influences from many different styles in my music: from Alternative R&B and soul, to rap, trap and hip hop, to rock, synth pop, psychedelic and many other alternative styles as well.


I’d like to say that my sound is versatile, and ultimately that’s what I strive for as an artist.


To be able to essentially do any style you want, that’s a place that I’m working to get to with my music.

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

Yeah!


So my latest release, “Nightbounce”, is a single off my upcoming EP.


The project will be titled: ‘O, Solemn Night: The Pvrple Tapes,’ and will be dropping at the end of this month on June 30th.

This project is definitely gonna be a bit darker than my previous works.


Ultimately, it’s about dealing with your demons, and I’m gonna get a little more personal, and a little more vulnerable than I feel I’ve been before.

This is also something I’m really excited to put out because it’s the first project that I’ve produced and written entirely by myself.


The mixing was handled by one of my close friends, KHAJE, a DJ, artist and producer based in New York, so working on this project was an amazing creative experience, and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

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