K-Killa - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
I’m K-Killa and I am from Central Illinois. Wapella to be exact. Which is basically the center of a cornfield.
2. What made you start making music?
I have been writing and recording my own music since I was about 12, so that’s over 15 years. I started wanting to be a guitar player because I was obsessed with Pantera. When I started learning to record myself, I became fascinated with production and recording techniques, and being by myself, I was drawn toward hip hop because of the beats and lyrical content and cadences.
3. Who are your influences?
I’m really one of those people that listens to everything, I grew up as a huge metalhead so I draw a lot from there, soul and blues have had a major impact on me as well. From a hip hop stand point, I’m really all about old school stuff, I listen to a lot of Wutang, blackstarr, gang star, black thought, the fugees, but also Mac Miller, Wale, Rick Ross. I just love music and I draw inspiration from what ever I can catch a vibe from.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
I think it really depends what you consider underground rap. But it is maybe in the best most versatile position it’s ever been in. You can grow easier then ever because of technology.
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
I am hoping to drop a song every week if I can keep up the momentum with quality. Also I wanna start doing shows regularly, more video content, sell beats and collaborate more then ever.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
That’s tough, there are so many people. But I would be a rapper at all if it wasn’t for Carlito Bluntsworth. But more recently, I’d say thank you to Squirty LeFlow for pushing me over the last year and hooking me up with beats, and I’d have to thank my girl Divine for really inspiring me more then I ever have, she’s my muse.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
My process has changed a lot over the years, typically I will drag the beat or stems in to Pro Tools, then lay vocals apply effects then mix. I usually always triple my vocal and double that on the hook because I hate the way my voice sounds. I use a tape delay as well.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
Currently I’m working on a lot of new tracks and uploading them to my soundcloud, most will drop on major platforms in 2020, A-O-K video will be dropping as soon as my video guy sends it to me, pushing my clothing line Black’d Out Clothing Co. and I’m still trying to get Divine Intervention to 1 million plays on Spotify!
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
Purely the therapy and escape of it. I have bipolar depression and I’m super shy and it really helps to navigate those issues and the thoughts and emotions that come with them. It really makes it easier to manage the way I’m feeling and communicate it to others. Also it’s super fun to create and see people vibe with your creation.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I’m not sure, I guess I want to inspire people to follow their dreams no matter what, let them know anything is possible. Let people know it’s okay to give themselves a little forgiveness.
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full blown 24/7lifestyle your embodying?
At this point in pushing to transition to full time creating. I work a full time job still, which I hate. The goal is for music to be the full time thing and pay all my bills with it.
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
I’m really loving what Wale is doing, he’s got it all, vibes, great lyrical content, his production is always fire.
13. what does the music you create make you feel?
It really depends on the song, my moods change so frequently. I am very proud of everything I’m doing lately, it’s the best sounding, most genuine music I’ve ever made.
14. why is music so important and dear to your heart ?
Music has really saved my life. It has guided me through all my problems and has always been there to get me through. I hear it constantly in my head and feel it deeply in my heart.
15. Taking this as a passion what works best with you for endeavors you may face (regarding to music)?
Honesty is always the best policy. I never want a fake reaction or fake love. Constructive criticism and communication will always take you farther.
16. whats your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
Working with Squirty LeFlow has been one of the easiest, most satisfying collaborative efforts I’ve been involved with.
17. who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I make almost all of my own cover art because I just love to create and usually have a vision for what I want.
18. who makes most of your beats or production?
When I started, I made all my beats. As I’ve grown as an artist and learned the business I’ve started working with a lot of people, Squirty LeFlow, Jaguar Kevins, Kato On The Track, and Sehemyre most frequently.
19. who is one artist you wish to work on music with and why?
Method Man would prolly be my go to. His lyricism and flow is almost unmatched.
20. who is one producer you wish to work with and why?
Dr. Dre or RZA. I can’t decide. They are my favorite producers of all time. They both have that unstoppable vision to pull the greatness out of whoever they work with.
21 do you have any upcoming shows in the next couple months ?
I currently don’t have any shows scheduled, but I’m hoping to make it a regular thing in 2020.
22 for people who havent heard of you what sets you apart from other artists?
I don’t try to follow trends and that inherently makes me unique. I don’t want to make the same thing twice. I’m genuine and it shines through more then it ever has.
23 at the end of the day what does music mean to you ?
At the end of the day music is my fortress of solitude. It’s my peace and my voice. It’s really my whole life. There’s nothing I think about more.
24. Any live shows or projects you got coming up? The A-O-K video will be dropping soon on my YouTube channel. And the next single “Let Em k(Now)” produced by Jaguar Kevins dropping the 6th of January.
25. Where can the people that checked out this interview find you? The easiest way to check me out is through my website K-Killa.com where you can find all my links. @KKILLAMUSIC on all social media