What's good SkinnyBuddha fam?
Today, we've got a special treat for you. We had the pleasure of chatting with the talented KD of the NOC, an up-and-coming artist in the hip hop and R&B scene. His music not only sounds amazing but also strikes a chord with listeners on a deeper level. He has been a part of the SkinnyBuddha family ever since the times of SkinnyBuddha Records and The NOC. (No Ordinary Cats)
KD's musical journey started from a place of pure passion. He shares,
"Music has always been my escape, you know? It's like this magical world where I can lose myself completely. And to be able to be a part of that world as an artist is an incredible privilege."
Some of you may know of his most popular songs, "AIP," has an interesting backstory. It was a direct response to the 2008 NBA Finals, where the Boston Celtics and Kevin Garnett's win inspired him to create the anthem
"Anything is Possible."
The emotions and experiences of that moment fueled the song's creation, making it even more special.
When it comes to songwriting, KD's focus is on love songs.
"Love is something everyone can relate to,"
"The ups, thedowns, the raw emotions – it's all there. And that's what I want my music to convey – relatable emotions that hit you right in the heart."
The impact his music has on the audience means everything to him. He wants to spread good vibes and get people moving, whether theyrealize it consciously or not. For him, that's the essence of his artistic vision – to make a positive connection with his listeners.
Balancing artistry and the demands of the music industry can be tricky, but KD stays true to himself. He believes artists should give their fans what they need – a genuine expression of their unique selves. Collaborations with other artists and producers play a vital role in breaking through creative blocks and keeping the music fresh and exciting.
Like many artists, KD faced the challenge of making money in the industry. However, he's learned to strike a balance and separate the business side from his passion for creating music. It's all about finding that sweet spot to keep the creativity flowing.
Engaging with his fans is something KD takes seriously. Beyond the music, he's experimenting with exclusive Dropbox links and making personal connections at live shows.
"There's nothing like meeting fans face to face, sharing handshakes, and feeling the energy of the crowd".
Exciting things are on the horizon for KD of the NOC! He's got a new album with JO of The NOC lined up for this winter, and we can expect his next project in 2024. On top of that, he's collaborating with talented artists like Rome and Koree J, promising fresh and captivating music in the future.
KD's background and personal experiences heavily influence his music. Raised on R&B, his style infuses the genre with a modern twist, resulting in a unique and captivating sound that sets him apart.
As music genres evolve, he believes that R&B and hip hop have always been intertwined. His contribution lies in pushing the boundaries and blending love songs with the beats of dirty south hip hop, creating a captivating fusion.
When it comes to storytelling, KD uses visual elements like album artwork, photo shoots, live videos, and graphic art. It's all about creating a cohesive and visually appealing brand that complements his music.
As for his musical influences, he finds inspiration in everything he listens to. Each song teaches him something, and he even watches audio-less videos while creating, immersing himself in the visuals to spark his creativity.
For aspiring artists out there, KD's advice is simple and powerful – focus on creating and finding ways to monetize your passion. Don't get caught up in the industry hype; stay true to your art.
Every fan interaction is special to KD. Meeting fans at shows, hearing them sing his lyrics – it's a humbling and gratifying experience that reminds him why he does what he does.
With his soulful and fresh style, KD from the NOC is making waves in the music world, spreading good vibes and connecting with listeners in a profound way. Keep an eye out because his music is sure to leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul.