Looking for a high-energy performer in the rap game? Meet Kilo The Artist, the buzzing rap star with a great story to tell. Through his rhymes and unique music, listeners can get to know him better and appreciate and respect him as a growing artist. Kilo The Artist is definitely one of the artist to keep on your radar. Coming from a tough background, this rising artist still remain humble and grinds everyday to achieve his goals. Kilo’s music can be described in terms of sounding “like poverty, the struggle, power, happiness, sadness and hope, all in one.”
He uses his storytelling abilities to deliver a message that emanates from within. His experiences as an activist and having grown up in the lower-class system in America play heavily into his music and his vision for the future. So it was only right to interview Kilo The Artist about his upcoming plans, highlights and some life lessons he has learned. Peep the interview below!
Tell us about yourself and your music.
My name is Julian Lamont Lowe, the rap artist now known to many as Kilo TheArtist or K.T.A. I was born in the small town of Buckner, Arkansas. My venture into the business of becoming a rapper began approximately five or six years ago. Admittedly, my career has been a struggle to balance his life as an artist with his duties as a member of the U.S. Army. I values the experiences and friends I’ve gained in the military. Although things can get hectic from time to time, I am [still] dedicated to achieving my dreams.
How would you describe your sound?
My style of music is definitely more so down to earth, heartfelt, and comes from a very real place which stemmed from very real experiences. You can definitely hear some of the artist who I was heavily influenced by in my music for example: 2pac and Andre 3000 ( I have heard those comparisons quite a bit.)
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
“ILLUMINATED 2” was pure passion, the project was a product of hurt, depression, happiness, and fear all twisted into one. I lost a close childhood friend, battled with the demons of alcoholism, and was becoming a father for the first time just to highlight a few things I was going though during the creation of this mixtape. I really feel that a lot of those factors went into the music on “ILLUMINATED 2” and to be quite honest I am proud of the fact that I was able to push through everything and complete the project, I feel like I made a lot of great music considering the circumstances.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Honestly I have opened for quite a few relatively big names, but the biggest highlight of my career by far is definitely in the beginning when I made my first “demo” and I burned a bunch of CDS and went out with my friends and sold like 15-20 copies definitely one of the most rememberable days of my career. Never forget where you came from.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Wow there are so many! Definitely TY Dolla Sign I think the guy is a musical genius and is way underrated. Lil Boosie , simply because I’ve always related to his music and I think we would mesh well on the track potentially make a classic. I cannot go without saying Chance The RAPPER, I feel like the creativity would be through the roof if we ever were to collab on anything. That’s just to name a few.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
I didn’t have a bed to myself until I was 16 years old, due to living with my grandmother and so many different people living there. I also stayed in a total of 6 different homes from birth until early adulthood.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
I’ve learned that I have to completely do for myself and keep my expectations for other people low to avoid being let down. That you really have to be hungry in this business or you will starve, it has been so many days I have asked myself after countless songs , hours writing, hours in the studio, doing shows , making videos, networking and promoting why haven’t I made it yet. Basically to stay humble and remember why you’re doing it in the first place.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully growth! Music and everything that comes with it is a give me as long as I am able, but I just want to continue to grow as a person and a artist.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I would just like to thank any and everyone who has taken enough interest to read this, means a lot. A big thank you to everyone who has supported me and continues to support me. This will not be the last you hear of me, I am striving for greatness and will not stop until I reach just that.