We had the good fortune of connecting with Kindal Tate and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kindal, how do you think about risk?
I think risks are about really committing yourself to your dreams and believing in yourself to make a move that will no matter what be a valuable lesson. Risks push you outside of your comfort zone and they show you just how much more capable you actually are. When the pandemic hit the music industry was hit hard. I was very reliant on my musician friends for my production and do to the pandemic that wasn’t available to me anymore. I took the risk of learning music production, guitar, ukulele and bass. I never thought I was capable of doing these things cause I doubted I would be able to learn. It was either not making music for God knows how long or taking a chance on learning new skills to keep on going. I had no choice really so I took the whole year and put in hours of work, hoping I would get good and I did. Currently I am almost done with a self produced album and released a single called “Butterfly”. Risks are important in any part of life you just got to go for it.
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’m a Lo-Fi R&B artist. I love fusing my Jazz Style with R&B and Hip Hop. I would say my tone and honest vulnerability would be what sets me apart from others I only can write what I feel or have experienced in life. I am most proud of the music I am currently making cause I’m producing it myself its a whole new level of creating for me. I got to where I am professionally by staring at a lot of open mics, making genuine friends who became connections, years of practice and currently still gaining new skills along the way. You never really stop learning in this industry. It hasn’t been easy but nothing ever is. Being vocally so different I had to over come my own doubt and depression to find out who I was as an artist. Also gaining gigs was hard cause I had to find a band and not a lot of places wanted bands but eventually I found my way in college. Honestly making connections was hard cause I didn’t know where to start after dropping out of college but I over came that by finding this music event in Hollywood called Tha Juice Joint I came there every Monday night for a year asking the curator Mel if I can be apart of it and be a house singer. Later that year in 2018 I became a house singer and make lasting friendships and connections that have gotten me to where I am now. Tha Juice joint was the place the really pushed me and got my name buzzing around a bit. I learned that practice and patients are important. Also everything falls into place when you let go and just be in the moment. I learned its ok to ask for help and ask questions. I learned that people you surround yourself with is important and understanding not everyone is out here to help you either. I learned to have thick skin while being able to be fully vulnerable with strangers with my music. Finally I learned its ok to mess up its ok to not be perfect that we are human and are in our own lanes there is no competition. I would want to would to know I make music to make people feel good and not feel like they are alone. Also that no matter what in life we all are growing through something. So never give up, never put yourself or others down, create your own table and most of all love yourself and live in the moment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1 Go to hike at Malibu creek and jump of the rocks into the water. Go get some poke from Fishbowl poke and then hit my house for swimming, drinking Jack and cokes while ending the night with movies in the backyard on the projector next to the fire pit. Day 2 Disneyland if it was opened, eating pineapple soft serve, walk in down town Disney and end the night with the fireworks show (preferably the Halloween one) Day 3 Self care day, Mani pedi at vineyard nail salon, head to target get face masks, go home drink ice water in a wine glass, put facial masks on and binge watch my favorite anime’s “Demon Slayer”, “Inuyasha”, and “Cowboy Bebop”. Day 4 Go to Leimert Park (Specifically Sunday) walk around to shop black owned vendors, Listen to dope independent artists, Dance, watch the drum circle, then eat the best vegan food ever at Hot & Cool Cafe Day 5 Go to my favorite beach Carpinteria State Beach camp on the beach for the rest of the week riding bikes going to the local candy store drink Space dust ipas by the fire listening to the wave and music while making s’mores and ending each night looking at the thousands of stars you can see there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my music friends for all the advice and encouragement. Especially Gina, Kendrick, Just Liv, Lorine Chia, Mel, Budda, Joose, Kayce and so many more people. All of you taught me something new and helped me get to this new creative space. You never let me beat myself up about not getting something right the first time and to keep trying and relax. I appreciate you all.