We had the good fortune of connecting with Kenan Nadar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kenan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up, I always felt that my interests and my career choices were incongruent. On on end, I was great at school and had a classic middle eastern boy’s parental-influenced dream of becoming a doctor. On the other end, I was completely infatuated with music. My family and I moved around a lot when I was young and consequently I was always the new kid in school. It was hard, always having to start over, but music kept me grounded by offering me some sort of consistency in my life. I feel like I can think of a song for every memory of my high school years, and for me those feelings of nostalgia are priceless. Alas, my educationally-driven reality set in and I pursued a career in medicine, setting aside any possible time to pursue anything creative for years to come. Upon finishing my training and becoming a licensed pediatrician, I finally had the free time to explore my interests and stumbled upon music production while messing around in garageband (a music production program) on my laptop. I was immediately hooked. It gave me something to strive for again, and it served as a form of mental catharsis that helped me balance my left brain with my right. That balance became bliss, and well…here we are. A pediatrician who produces music and hopes to inspire those who have a dream.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
4 years ago, I graduated from my pediatric residency and finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. Strangely enough, when I crossed that finish line I felt as though I had nothing to strive for anymore. Given that I had spent 29 years of my life working to accomplish this goal, It was only natural for me to feel that I lost my direction. Realizing that I had all of this newly given free time relative to my schedule in medical school and residency, I began messing around in GarageBand (Mac’s native music production program) during my off time and was immediately hooked. Fast forward 4 years later, and I am now part of a dj/producer duo making pop edm while juggling working my day job of taking care of newborn babies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, CA.
I think what sets me apart in the music industry is my story. It’s not everyday that a physician decides to take on a second career, particularly one as a dj/producer. I’ve been able to serve as an inspiration to people feeling stuck in their careers, and that, to me, is my greatest accomplishment. I remember what it was like to feel unfulfilled by suppressing the things I was most passionate about, and I’m honored to know that my story has inspired people in similar situations to try and pursue their passions regardless of their career choices. That’s not to say that it was easy. Music production is an extremely tedious art form with a steep learning curve that takes focus, dedication, and a true love for music in order to be able to create something of quality. But the struggle to learn and improve was well worth the reward of internal gratification that came from doing something I truly loved. It has taught me how important it is for us to nourish our spiritual selves just as much as we do our physical selves. That’s what the Kode PinK brand is all about; following your dreams and remembering that it’s the journey that breeds happiness, not the destination.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a tough question to answer without writing a novel because there are so many amazing things to do in LA. From the beaches, to the food, to the nightlife, LA literally has it all. Typically, when we have visitors, we end up doing the same things as they truly never get old. First we’d start off going to some of the Malibu beaches. Standing on the reefs edge at Leo Carillo beach, you can watch the waves crash over the rocky shores while looking out into the peaceful horizon. Then you can head south a few more miles and set a blanket down on the soft white sand of El Matador Beach and watch the sunset through the gorgeous rock formations scattered across this beautiful strip of beach. You can pretty much guarantee that if you visit us, my fiancée and I are going to take you to Korea town to stuff your face. From the delicious hand pulled noodles in a pleasantly rich chicken broth at Hangari Kalguksu, to the blissfully indulgent experience you get with every crunchy bite of Korean fried chicken at any of the popular establishments (Kyochon, BBQ, Witch’s Chicken, and the list goes on). And let’s be honest here, it wouldn’t be a trip to California if we didn’t hit up In-N-Out Burger for some animal style goodness #iykyk. And for the sake of the star struck, a drive through Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills to look at stunning homes hidden in a maze of turns in the deepest crevices of this beautiful city is a must. Top your night off with a late night show at one of LA’s awesome venues (Academy LA, Exchange, 1420, Time, etc), followed by a next morning bowl of recovery pho in the east ‘burbs of LA and you got yourself my ideal trip.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so grateful for my fiancée, Jina. When I first started this adventure of pursuing an artist career, she was by my side watching me through all of the growing pains of the learning process. Playing the same loop over and over while learning how to mix. Gradually turning up the volume in small increments over several hours only to reach deafening volumes on accident. Asking her for incessant feedback. Im sure all of the above have driven her absolutely nuts over the years but despite that, she always supported and believed in me. I love that girl more than words can say.