We had the good fortune of connecting with KILASI and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KILASI, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I try my best to approach taking risk in a strategic way, but I also embrace that everything will not always go as planned.
I watched a recent interview with Jay Z and Kevin Hart. I heard Jay mention that that things happen for you not to you. He further mentioned that you can only control but so much of your future and I couldn’t agree more. It took a couple experiences for me to realize that you risk the state of your mental health and overall well being trying to obtain an aspiration God didn’t have planned for you. It’s almost like a sign to realize your exhausting your energy improperly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started rapping with my older brother Olumide real young around 11/12. I didn’t know what I was doing back then but I loved every bit of the process. It sparked a passion for creativity within creation for me. I use to think how can I outdo my older brother’s lyrics or his flow. I’ve always been competitive so it pushed and motivated me.
Later on I transitioned into making beats at 13. I got to give respect where it’s do, Soulja boy definitely got me on track as a beat maker with a mention of FL Studio in a interview he did. Before that I was rigorously trying to capture sounds in songs through Audacity! I was humble enough to know I wasn’t the greatest but I was determined to get better with my beats. Again that spark of passion for creative creation motivated me to keep learning.
I’m now 14 years deep and my background as a beat maker helped me to tap into being a better producer and engineer. I aspire after the greats like Dr Dre so I always strive to be versatile. Recently I helped produce an RNB project for a phenomenal singer Beti titled “902”.
Along my journey I lost beat files multiple times, fell out with close homies, and struggled with occasional depression. Now as time passes I try to focus on keeping my mental, physical, and spiritual self healthy and strong. There’s still more to accomplish like starting my own publishing company for producers and artist in my city but I’m grateful for what I have achieved so far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I grew up in PG County, MD. We got D.C right around the corner which has turned into the brunch capital in my opinion. If you touch down, you definitely got to check out Kitchen Cray, Yard Bird, or Milk & Honey.
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?
Big shoutout to my mom for instilling in me a strong spiritual foundation. I’ve faced so many challenges pursuing a career in the music industry and I would not have the resilience and determination I have today without my faith. I was down bad more than a few times but here I am today still moving forward.
Machinamedia Mikael Selassi AS Visuals