[Written By Ahsinet Monee] | Instagram @a_monee_
Introducing to you British R&B/Soul music artist KVNG. This 25-year-old is one of the UK’s most rising talents, fusing R&B and pop in his progressive sound. From his heartfelt, strong vocals and unique style, KVNG’s songs come from genuine, real-life experiences and feelings. Growing up in London, KVNG used his music to express his reality. With the lack of entertainment sources in London, KVNG decided to put his entrepreneurial skills to the test and became the co-founder of RnBritUK. The platform is used for the London community to connect with artist around their city. He is definitely making moves to have the whole world interact and connect with his lyrics. We had the chance to speak to KVNG about music, life, and more. Take a look below!
What inspired you to get into the music industry and became an artist?
Honestly, I don't think becoming an artist was much of a choice for me.
Growing up as a child, I was inspired as a fan of Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Timberlake from to their sense of artistry and creatively. Seeing how passionate they were about their craft gave me the motivation to go forward with my dreams as an artist.
What fellow artist would you like to work within the near future?
T-Pain is most definitely one artist who I'd love to work with. I'd also like to do a collaboration with Maurice Moore, 6Black, and Ella Mai.
Tell us about the concept and creative process with your new single “FaceTime”.
When RB Keyz & I started composing the track I instantly fell in love with the sound direction and it led to sparking so many ideas for me. But the whole idea of wanting to be with someone and that personal interaction stayed with me. That intimate feeling you want to experience in person with your partner sometimes has to settle as a call on FaceTime. So, it's like being close without the physical aspect. What's also great about the track the original demo was created within the first we worked on it.
When you started gaining recognition from your music, how did that make you feel?
Honestly, I’m blown away every time someone says they love my music.
I always felt in my heart that I was capable of making a great impact by providing great quality music. And just seeing how people are just taking the time to enjoy the music and experience it is a rewarding feeling.
How do you get into your creative zone to work and create magical music?
Seeing peaceful imagery & various attractions on television helps create inspiration with my music. I also tend to take some time to brainstorm on my current emotions and just start letting the music lead me.
You mentioned watching your favorite television shows, so what do you like to watch?
Any and all television shows from Marvel is my favorite to watch. I’ve always been a massive fan since I was a kid. But sometimes I even find myself being hooked to reality television and action films.
On your Instagram bio, you have listed creator, risk taker, and motivator. What advice can you give to someone who may be scared of the word or discouraged from the word no, what advice would you give?
The word isn't a setback. Whatever is meant for me won’t miss me, and whatever misses me wasn’t meant for me. So, for me hearing no, doesn’t mean that I’m not good enough or that you can’t achieve what you’re trying to achieve it just might not be that group. It might not just be that door. I operate very much so on happiness and it's the main drive for all my decisions it’s looking at that and understanding that because you feel this way and you feel so strongly, that’s no accident. So, you really have to take that and let that drive you, and that will lead the way into the right path that you need to be down. If you got that no, there’s a reason why you got that no. So, it might be a delay, or it might just be a diversion, but it's never really a stop sign.
I see that you’re the co-founder of RnBritUK, can you tell me more about the brand & platform?
RnBrit was formed with the purpose to highlight great R&B/Soul artist from the UK. It originally evolved from curated playlist then into a full platform to further our support to the R&B culture back in the UK. We have a lot of amazing things in the works as we speak. We want to make a difference in our music scene. That's actually the premise of creating RnBrit.
Now The BRIT Awards were just a few days ago, are there any awards that you would like to the opportunity to receive a nomination for or win? How important is that for you, or is it important?
As a child, I've always dreamed of winning a Grammy. Winning a Grammy award one day would be the highest pinnacle for me. But ultimately, it’s the biggest award I can receive from my career. I feel like seeing people enjoy my artistry is a greater reward than having a Grammy would ever be for me.
What type of legacy would you like to behind, what do you want people to know about your music and about you?
I would say the legacy that I want to leave is that I just want people to feel free when they listen to my music. Whether it’s a love song and they just get lost in the moment or remembering and experiencing something with someone else, or it’s a sad song and they really feel the sadness in the song, and they connect with that. It’s just an element of escapism when they listen to it. They're not concentrated on anything outside of it, and they just get to really connect with it. I think for me I would just love being able to connect with my music and feel free after they listen to it. If I achieve that then that’s a Grammy to me!
Listen to "Face Time" HERE!
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