Music, in any form, can be a powerful medium to express yourself. To tell the world who you are through combinations of sounds that come together to form a digital representation of your very soul. So how do you achieve such a thing without using a single word? You do what Kevin Taylor Jr. (better known as KT) does, you make beats. Not just random drum loops and electronic mish mash but carefully crafted tracks that are put together with the thought and precision of a scientist in a lab.
KT has a way of molding a track into something that can speak to you without uttering a single syllable. His album "SoundTrack Life" is a just a taste of the passion and talent he brings to the game. The title track is a haunting low key mix that is begging for young Hova himself to flow on. The entire album is full of variety, from background string arrangements to well hidden meaty guitar riffs, if you can’t find a track to love then you’re either deaf or devoid of emotion. A personal favorite of mine is “Speechless”. A smooth little beat drives the track with an infectious violin hook riding shotgun. It’s been on repeat a few times over!
I sat down with KT recently and had a great conversation with him, it’s always interesting to delve into the mind of a fellow artist no matter the genre. Here’s a quick Q&A…
Q: Looking back, what was the first music related memory you have from childhood that really stuck with you?
KT: “my pops would always play Earth Wind and Fire. I would hear that stuff Jamming all the time. He played the piano, a bit of drums and the sax as well. He would play all kinds of music, I didn’t just grow up on rap, he would play rock, soul something was always playing. I took piano lessons when I was 6 but wasn’t into it then so I quit all together. I wanted to be an architect because they made a lot of money but I couldn’t draw! I picked up his old keyboard one day and started playing with it, made my first beat on that thing and was like, oh snap”!
Q: Who are some of your biggest influences musically right now?
KT: “Right now, still Kanye, Pharrell, Timbaland. I never give them three a ranking but Timbaland is probably the most influential because he just don’t care, he would beat box on it, anything and my pops, I realize the older I get the bigger an influence he is on me. He would hear something I did and be like yeah I would have done that”.
Q: When did you decide you were going to make a real push at this and make KT Productions official?
KT: “My senior year in high school. That was when people, my friends and teammates first started to rap over my beats. I was like oh snap, people wanting to rap over my stuff”!
Q: Where do you want to be, where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
KT: “In 5 years, I will be living in Atlanta. I’m gonna get out there this year. I got a couple people I work with out there, artists and writers. Doing something with music, doing whatever man. I really want to get into movies, movie scoring doing all that. Just working with artists, I want to be around driven, passionate people”.
At only 22 it’s easy to see his future will be very bright indeed. With talent to spare, void is the attitude one may expect to come with it, a very humble, hard working person is all that remains when the curtain is pulled back and the stage lights dim.
You can check out his main website here… http://www.ktgotbeats.com/#