AGN; What are the biggest challenges you find in the music business?
KK; It galls me that male artists tend to be paid more. It is not clear why that is still the case or how greater parity can be achieved.
AGN; How do you feel about Kenyan music?
KK; It frustrates me that music from my country and indeed my region is not gaining as much traction internationally as I would like. West Africa has ‘Afrobeats’, North Africa has Chabbi/Shabbi and South Africa has Amapiano. Kenya and for that matter East Africa doesn’t really have anything comparable as yet.
AGN; How do you go about writing your songs?
KK; Up to now I have always written the lyrics for my songs. In terms of creating the backing music, there are a number of approaches.
I have basic piano playing skills and sometimes I put chords together on the piano that will work well with the song’s melody. I can then give this to my pianist and/or producer to refine, at other times my producer will play some chords and I will vibe off of that to create a melody and some lyrics. I have a mini studio at home and I use Logic Pro to song write and record demos.
AGN; You involved in a number of things i.e. music, fashion, biotechnology. Do you envisage having a mainstay?
KK; I want music to be my main thing. In the next 10 years I would like to have my own record label. Having said that, I still intend to be involved in other things. I am passionate about biotechnology and fashion. I would also like to have my own beauty product line and fashion label in future.