We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiandré and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiandré, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It’s the only thing that really moves me. I was never the best at sports, I’m book smart but nothing super out of this world. I feel music is the only thing I have been able to connect with on new levels at different stages in my development, its that “thing” for me. I can put it down when I’m overwhelmed and it will always be there when I come back
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.
I hate talking about what sets me apart from others because I’ve really been trying to focus on staying in my own lane this year and work on my OWN craft. What I will say is that for some music is a hobby that can be picked up and put down when it doesn’t ring off like its supposed to, but for me Im too invested to have that luxury, if I step away for too long I just feel like my life is not going right lol.
How did I get where I am?
though I would definitely still consider myself at origin of my career, I’ve accumulated a couple of writing credits under my belt, I’ve met with dozens of talent agents/manager’s. I get a decent amount of streams on my own music for being an unsigned and virtually un-marketed artist. Any opportunity I’ve had, I made for myself and it didn’t come from taking no for an answer.
I moved to LA fresh out of college when I was 18 and in the 7 years I’ve lived here I’ve been homeless, jobless and endured more struggle then I could’ve ever prepared myself for. I think it’s safe to say I’m built different haha.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned since being on my own is be SELF MADE. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs help and having a team/support system is important, but people will let you down, your friends will let you down and sometimes your family will let you down too. I’ve had too many set backs in life and in business because of waiting on people to keep their word or simply do what they say they are going to, always have a back up plan, and nothing can stop you when people fall through.
What I want people to know about my music is that it typically reflects my scatter brained personality. I’m very specific with my writing and how I structure a song… and then there’s the days when I can’t even spell my name right- let alone pen an entire song out with cohesive context. You’re going to get that a lot listening to my music, some lyrics might give you that “wait what did he mean by that?” vibe, and sometimes I have an answer for that. sometimes it’s just how I was feeling and you have to interpret what the lyrics mean for yourself as a listener.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Whenever the homies come In town, I usually take them to Hollywood first. I would stop there at the beginning because its the first place I lived in Los Angeles and also where I went to college, so I know all the tourist spots pretty well. we would probably hit up my favorite dispensary in the valley to make sure the vibe is right the entire trip. I would stop down on the boardwalk in Santa Monica for some elote and then down to Culver City to have a jam sesh with a couple guitarists/artists I like to work with.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The village I come from built me a good foundation to stand on. From my Grandmother and my aunts helping tighten up on my vocal abilities by taking me to church and Sunday school, To my parents supporting me through college and picking me up when I fall.Then there’s my ride or die friends that will wake up early and do a photoshoot with me, let me use there houses for filming and putting up with me going ghost for weeks at a time when I’m having writers block. I couldn’t do it without any of them.
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