ARTIST ON THE WATCH: T.K.S.
This is T.K.S.
T.K.S, tell us a little more about how you got started in music.
Well for me, music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Growing up, I was the kid who always had to have some type of music with me.
If you saw me, I for sure had headphones on and was either listening to my CD player, mp3 player or iPod.
Thats right, I said CD player LOL!
But all jokes aside, I had no idea the impact that music would have on me and my life.
Whether things were good, bad, happy, or sad, music was my go to; and I would spend hours dissecting/studying every aspect of the songs I listened to.
As you can probably guess, this eventually led to me creating my own music.
Whenever I would link with the homies, I was always writing and no matter the function or gathering you would catch me somewhere free styling.
I’ve been rapping and writing songs since I was 16 and haven’t looked back since.
At first, it was just a release for me, but after moving to LA from Michigan and attending The Los Angeles Film School for Music Production & Audio Engineering, the artist T.K.S. was born.
What is the most difficult aspect about starting a career in music?
I know it may be a cliché, but finding the balance and time.
For many new artists, we still have to juggle daily life, work, relationships, the business and music.
There’s only 24 hours in a day, so planning and scheduling your time is of vital importance.
I know for myself it's difficult because I can get lost in the music for hours upon hours, its like a drug to me.
Sometimes, I have to even force myself to go to sleep.
What would you say separates your sound from everyone else?
I would say it’s me being me.
I’m someone that is a little “different” and it shows in the music as well.
Now of course, you can find similarities of others in my music, but there is something about my flow, word play and delivery.
My flow changes based on the arrangement of the instrumental and I always switch it up every 4-8 bars.
I consider my voice an instrument, so it has to move and never become stagnant.
The last thing I want is for my vocals to get lost in the beat.
My world play and delivery differs from others because that’s the sauce from within.
Who are your biggest influences in music and why?
My biggest influences would have to be the rap duo Outkast and Pharrell Williams.