We had the good fortune of connecting with Kid Clever and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kid, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My entire life has been one big metaphorical dice roll. Without putting myself out on a limb, I wouldn’t progress the way I do. With that being said, risk plays a big role in how I move today. Being in a creative field that is already challenging to break through, I’ve learned risk is most of the battle within to accomplish. You cannot fear what is needed to proceed. I am originally from a part of the world where comfort is a thing. The midwest is shaped on the values of getting a job, house, car and getting married young. I however, couldn’t ever seem to agree with those procedures. I saw myself different and wanted to do more with my life before getting to those joys. I risked that “normal” life of comfort, to have access to the world I am in now.
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 create… Everything… Anything… There is no boundaries to creation if you ask me! For me it started with the music, then grew to be everything around that form of art. Once you have made a song, you need cover art. After releasing the song, then comes the ideas of music videos and content that can push the song further to the vision that you had originally. I started out in this field doing everything independently and learned the hard way how to accomplish each step in the process. I would say what sets me apart from the many others that join me in this field, is my attention to detail. Each step in the process I put a lot of thought in, as I like to connect the dots in many ways within my art. You can go back and trace my music videos story lines to even 5 years ago. There has been a chain of connection to everything I release since I was seventeen and it really does make for a journey in the long run. When somebody comes across the art, I hope there is an understanding for how much I really do care about this craft/career.
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.
All of my friends could tell you, I do a pretty decent job being a tour guide. The way I do it honestly, is by trusting my gut with new places and cuisine EVERY time someone comes out. I think the best part about this city especially being a transplant, is the access to new things and experiences 24/7. There are only a few things that I would say you HAVE to do in LA. So I’ll just list them below… – Eat at Howlin Ray’s in Chinatown!!! – Go to Malibu for an entire day at the beach (Super Therapeutic) – Drive through the hills of Hollywood and see what is achievable by hard work.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to a good friend/coworker in the industry, MOsh Beatz! He has done all of the engineering for me over the last 7 years and has become family to me. I met him in college in Minneapolis, MN and both of us now are relocated in Los Angeles, CA. I can’t even think of another engineer or producer in the field that can connect with me as well.