We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Collier and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kevin, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
They condemn what they don’t understand. Are you who you say you are? Me personally, I feel like giving up isn’t an option, whatever it is you want you have to work for it. Giving up is basically saying you didn’t all the way believe in yourself, and if that’s the case, it’s because you didn’t put your all in it. There were plenty of times where I felt like giving up because I didn’t know what was next or I felt like my back was against a wall, but I look back at how far I’ve come and where I came from and inspire myself all over again. I look at my peers and the people around me and remember what I was in it for in the first place. When you look at some of the greatest, they sacrificed family, love, pleasure, time, and that’s because they knew what they wanted, what they were capable of achieving and they knew the value of it. When you know your worth, you’ll know whether or not if giving up is even an option.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What’s sets me apart from other artists is substance. I compose music for the soul and the heart, every lyric, every sound is from the heart. I really put what I feel in my art. Also I don’t make music to follow trends or because it’s popular, this is something I’ve been doing for years, I started off writing poems when I was about 12/13 years old. I’m mostly proud of my growth, when I look back at where I started I notice the passion, the drive, I never gave up. I’m excited about how far My sound came and i still work on mastering my craft every time I’m in the studio recording myself or whenever I’m home and have down time. The whole artist lifestyle is exciting. To get where I am today professionally I had to change for the better. Michael Jackson said “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change” and I’m a firm believer of that. I had to change my diet, the way I responded to certain things and situations, the people I was hanging around, I had to dedicate my life to music. Once your devoted and you put your all into something that’s what makes you great at what you do, consistency. Along the way, I’ve learned that challenges are inevitable. You could have a 10 time losing streak, if you get discouraged and give up how do you know the outcome of that 11th time. A friend of mine asked me one time “are you who you say you are?” And that’s major cause you’re either an artist or you’re not, you’re either a hard worker or you’re not. You can have one foot in and one foot out, you have to take it all the way. One thing about my brand I want everybody to know, I am who I say I am, it isn’t a character I wake up and turn into, it’s authentic. MoneyHouse Kev is genuinely me. I give people the real me and I treat everyone with love and respect anywhere I go regardless if they’re homeless or one of the wealthiest people on earth. I don’t change me unless it’s for the betterment of my brand and success.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s so much going on in NYC, the possibilities are endless. From the nightlife we have Broadway shows, comedy clubs, gentlemen clubs, sky scraper tours, lounges, etc. We have an endless selection of restaurants to chose from, a few of my favorites are Fish Cheeks which is a Thai Food spot in soho, La Savanne an African restaurant in Harlem, or Vibes 2 for the soul food located in Queens. It’s the city that never sleeps so pretty much the smallest event can be one of the most exciting events you ever been to, you never know what can happen.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people around me deserve much credit, they inspire me to keep going. They remind me about the mission. My support team are fellow artists, Lil Rama, Ty Benjamin, and Jay Note. I want to thank boxing trainer PJ Lawson for being a great community leader and mentor. He takes on the burden of making sure the youth in our communities excel and achieve greatness no matter the situations they come from, he makes them feel welcomed, makes them feel like they serve a purpose when it may feel like the whole world is against them.

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