T.K is an artist in his own lane, making moves his own way. That’s respectable. While many new artists start out their careers trying to be the next So-And-So or sound like the current trends, other artists are doing music they want they want it done. T.K is among those types of artists. With a brand that’s different and music that’s relatable, it’s hard not to like T.K.
We recently did an interview with the rising artist about his artistry, upbringing, and his upcoming plans. Check it out below.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Well I guess that starts with my stage name. I go by T.K there’s a bunch of TK’s in the game so I guess it’s my job to make the name memorable before any of them do. I’ve been doing music for about 11 years at this point, going from recording in closets on fruityloops to buying my own studio equipment and recording in my basement to now recording in one of the best studios in the state. The bottom line is that I’m just trying to show the world that we can have the honesty we used to have in hip hop again.
How would you describe your sound?
As to not use any other artists as a description, my sound varies from upbeat , uptempo catchy records to the more somber and introspective songs. Like my lead single “Never Broke” is more of a radio jam than anything where songs like “All My Life” and “Wayne” take a more personal look into my life. I like to keep a healthy balance of fun and seriousness to my music.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
Starting from recording in closets definitely helps you appreciate professional recording, and the process that goes along with it. I must have recorded hundreds of songs in my basement over the years and never made anything close to the quality I’m making now. This whole mixtape is just a look into the brain of someone who is trying to be as self aware as possible, and flushing out all these thoughts I had never even really took the time to think about was crazy for me. And strangely therapeutic. It makes you realize who you are and more importantly why you are who you are.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
The mixtape is almost done, the name is XIVIX, pronounced 10.49. It’s been a long time coming and this is my first piece of work that I’ve gone through all the legal channels and paid everything I need to pay so when it’s all done it’s no ones work but my own. Next is the shows. As an independent rapper with close to no following it’s difficult to get your foot in the door but I think with this project some of those worries will dissipate.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
The biggest highlight in my career this far is the feedback. At the crib we have these parties every now and again and my man Darry Bird slides my records into the playlists. It’s just an unreal feeling to see people jamming to your words, vibing with your sound. That and showing my father my music. He’s a musician as well, or at least he was, he played Jan few bands back in the 70s and 80s and I’m sure that’s where I get my musical addiction from buy you know It’s pretty cheesy to say “hey I’m a rapper” so I never really told my family until recently. My fathers reaction to my music was pretty great, as he listened he had this smirk that just said “wow, my son can do it too”
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Ugh man there’s too many to count I have so many artists I would kill to work with. I guess I gotta answer both though. Okay my ideal mainstream collab, hands down would be Chris brown. I’m a HUGE breezy fan. I think he works harder than anyone in the biz and is the most hated on. I feel like we could make crazy records together. As far as an independent collab I think it would be super dope if all the Boston rappers got together and made a huge collab record like one of them old Dj Khalid Joints, have Boston George, me, Mike Christmas, che ecro, Sam Adams, Moufy. Yea a monster BOSTON collab would be fire. Call that shit City Of Champions. Aha hey and if any of those nights read this maybe they’ll hit me up for it?
Name something random that people do not know about you.
Well seeing as though I’m a nobody I expect no one to know anything about me. But a little fun fact I write and direct movies and online web series as a hobby. I’m a huge movie buff, some of my people say I have too many hobbies but fuck all that. (Laughs).
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Two things I’ve learned that lead to success. one, You gotta spend money to make money. Simple and plain. If you aren’t going 110% into your investment you might as well light that money on fire and go be a janitor somewhere. And number two, having a good friend or family member to get honest feedback from is paramount. I take a lot of what my people say in the studio to heart. You can’t have your ego be too big to make some changes.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect a 10-17 track tape from me at least once a year, you can expect to see me trying to get into every hip hop opening act there is. And you all at livemusicco can expect me to hook y’all up with exclusive shit as soon as I pop off.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I just wanna say thank you to anyone who took the time to even read an article not about drake or jay z or some shit and somewhat give a damn about a newcomer. I support everyone’s passion and it’s so rare that’s others do the same, so if you’re reading this. Thank you. I appreciate your time, and I hope you continue to rock with me.
Never Broke: https://itun.es/us/qqpghb
Just Me: https://m.soundcloud.com/officialtk/just-me-featuring-kelsey-norling