DRIP DROPS of HIP-HOP from CHATTANOOGA
By Ben Banks
This week, I got in touch with the producer KiLowkey for an interview on the blog. He’s coming off his most recent success; producing ‘Dip-N-Sauce’ with Montana of 300. He’s produced tracks with so many talented artists; 423kidk, Kemo, and Ky Rogers, Kay B Brown, Blu Rollins, Caskey and Benzino; the list could keep going on. He’s making moves for sure and has a very impressive amount views on his YouTube channel. I’m excited to see where his determination and hard work ethic take him in the future.
Where are you from? What area do you feel like you best represent?
KiLowkey: I’m from Rossville, Ga, but, I’ve been in and around Chattanooga all my life. I represent the Chattanooga music scene, for sure.
When did you first get interested in music?
KiLowkey: I’ve always had an interest in music from a young age, just never had access to any computer/program. I always wanted to make beats. Once I found out about Fruity Loops, I saved up, bought a laptop, and haven’t quit since.
Do you play any instruments?
KiLowkey: I play the piano most fluently, and I can pick around on guitar by ear. Also the trombone.
Who are some of your current inspirations out right now?
KiLowkey: Man, I could go all day . . I’m inspired by Mac Miller, Metro Boomin, Wheezy Beats, Richie Souf, the entire 808 Mafia, Murda Beatz, Ktoven, Atl Jacob, Zaytoven, Timbaland, Pharrell, etc . . That’s Just to name a very small few.
Briefly take me through your creative process for making music
KiLowkey: I really just get in the mood, pull up FL studio, and start playing sounds on the keyboard and let the process flow. Occasionally I’ll start with a loop or sample.
Do you have any goals that you want to accomplish?
KiLowkey: Oh man…Everything that can be accomplished. I’m gonna be a highly respected producer with a resume that speaks for itself. I wanna make hits over and over and over.
Where's the music scene heading this year?
KiLowkey: Not really sure, there’s so many emerging sounds. Just gotta appreciate the diversity in the art.
What are some themes that you really hit on in your music?
KiLowkey: I don’t really focus on any themes, I just go with what I feel and let it take me where it goes. I always have a trap element to my music tho, it’s just my sound.
Is there any audience that you want to reach?
KiLowkey: I wanna reach every crowd possible . . Pop, r&b, rap, hip hop, soul, rock, etc . . I wanna be everywhere with different unique sounds. I love everything from trap music to live instrumental music.
What message are you trying to send to that audience?
KiLowkey: That you can succeed at anything you seriously dedicate to. No matter how small the odds are. Don’t settle for anything less than your abilities !!
Who's someone that you'd love to collab with?
KiLowkey: Future or Drake….I know we would make some amazing music for the world
Have there been any obstacles that you’ve overcome to pursue your music/art?
KiLowkey: Of course, multiple . . Uncountable . . But it’s all a growing process you have to learn and build from. It all works out when you stay down no matter what.
What are some victories that you had with your music?
KiLowkey: Just The feeling I get when I’m a part of a record I Personally love alone is always a victory to me . . But Landing placements with major or upcoming artists who put out good quality content is also rewarding. We all love recognition of our work.
How would you best describe your brand/style?
KiLowkey: Just being me. Everyone is unique in their own way, I’m just myself, no filter
What are some other forms of media that inspire you? (Movies, art, TV, etc)
KiLowkey: I’m a huge fan of any craft or passion. I always see the good in it . . I love seeing people draw or paint . . My studio has abundant amounts of art in it . . All talents go hand in hand. Art is art and I respect it all.
What would be a major success for you in your art/music?
KiLowkey: Getting that first plaque or billboard placement
What’s something that you’re most proud of?
KiLowkey: The reputation and respect I’ve built coming from nothing. I’ve Never had an artist or anyone’s name to get clout off. Just always been myself and stayed true to my craft.
Anything that you want to promote? Shows or projects?
KiLowkey: Absolutely, Montana Of 300 - “Dip-N-Sauce” [Prod By KiLowkey] is streaming everywhere and the video is almost to a million views on YouTube. Check that out. Also be looking for a project from Wyte Dude called “Shawn Douglas”, fully produced, recorded, and mixed by myself as well. Besides that, more beats and placements coming soon!
Where can people find you and your music?
KiLowkey: All social media @KiLowkey. Facebook “Prod By KiLowkey”, And Snapchat @ThatsTooNasty. Also big shout out to Ben Banks and ThaMilkDrop.com for creating an avenue to expose the inner city talents and more. I really appreciate you reaching out and making this possible!
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