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Rising Stars: Meet Kenny Wash

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenny Wash.

Hi Kenny, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I remember my freshman year summer I went to California to spend time with my family. My cousin and I would stay up all night watching Loiter Squad and playing Dragon Ball Z. However in the morning/early afternoon we would spend the entire time making beats on mixcraft6. After coming back home all i wanted to do was to make more beats.

Time passed and my sophomore year of school progressed. I had a class with my friend Al and he would be on SoundCloud 24/7. He showed me there were other like minded creatives on this website posting songs and beats.

Ever since I made my first account I was hooked. That Christmas my parents bought me a mini midi keyboard, (Akai MPK 25) for all the gear heads. I technically started making beats on fl studio and then was gifted with reason 6.

When I first started making beats I wanted to sound just like Tyler the Creator (Goblin) 2012-ish right before “WOLF’ dropped. Spending a year and just making as many beats as possible by the summer of my junior year I made my first self-produced mixtape. “Above Ground Level – EP.”

At the time, I was going by the name KNymbus (nimbus) , I remember having that feeling of excitement of uploading my first ever project to bandcamp. Honestly, that feeling of finishing something you worked hard on is what kept me going and what keeps me going.

Fast forward a few projects, a name change, and a decade later and here we are. Having the blessing of sharing my story.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No. I think every road worth taking should have some hardships. I think if you’re going to be the first to do something you have to realize there are not too many alike so the reinforcements won’t be coming.

Some struggles I deal with are people embracing my sound take on hip hop. I dealt with not getting the support I thought I needed from some closest to me. But I feel all the greats had to endure some level of shortcomings.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an Artist. I rap. I produce my own music. I have a clothing brand “Delivery Boy ”. I game. I’m into photography and video editing. I just like to create, however, I am most known for being a rapper. I’m proud of myself for still doing this. i still believe in myself. still topping the quality of my last project.

However, I’m most proud of the fact that new listeners, whether it’s close friends, peers, etc. can go back to my older projects from years ago and still listen to it as if it was just released.

I will always choose Timeless sounds over what’s trending. I rather spend all this time trying to figure out my sound, how to confidently and cohesively share my aesthetic with my audience.

I think what sets me apart from others is musically I get most of my inspiration from video game soundtracks particularly old RPG video game soundtracks. For instance, I used to freestyle to loading game music before I even knew what freestyling was.

So every time I create a song or produce a beat I get in that mindset of can I immerse myself into a whole new world with this beat. The fact I can explain it now sets me apart from most.

MAY 6TH, 2022! NEW SONG! DANNY PHANTOM! AVAILABLE NOW ON ALL PLATFORMS!

Who else deserves credit in your story?
So many people have been very instrumental in my life as far as encouragement and mentoring. One mentor who definitely stands out is my cousin Reggie Grier (One 3).

He really has seen me grow from the 15 year old boy who bought his first expensive piece of music equipment, to having a whole home studio and knowing how to use

the equipment and showing others the ropes. He really showed me that I can do whatever I want, life ain’t too different from the matrix.

My biggest inspiration is my pops. He is the reason why I love Final fantasy, Star Wars, DC and Marvel. Growing up he used to play a lot of Prince, probably my go to artist for karaoke.

If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t really have such a huge imagination.

My gang of friends are literally the best friends you can ask for. Like literally I would go on an RPG adventure with them.

They are all different but have their own unique interests and skills. I’m not really close to alot of people but they are definitely my closest circle.

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