Chatterbox: Kmawa

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a Boston based 22 year old singer/rapper/producer/audio engineer/programmer of Indian descent, that fell in love with creating music three years ago. I grew up in a home where initially the only English music I heard was Soul and R&B (my folks listened almost entirely to Hindi music), I immediately attached to it. Fast forward to now: I aim to make a name for myself in a city where the classic R&B/Rap blend and eclectic samples are often overlooked for trap bangers. My debut (“Binna Minute”) was a labor of love and a trial by fire as I studied a computer degree by day and taught myself in the studio at night. I shifted gears somewhat with my sophomore tape from Pop/R&B to underground hip-hop laced with soul and am progressing towards experimental soul.

Where did the new single come from?

I’d been listening to a lot of Nujabes and was inspired by his woozy instrumentals. I blended some moody piano samples with modern 808s and tribal percussion and when the vibe was done, the song came to fruition. I collaborated with T-Fly and Stylo-Vera to paint a narrative of addiction to narcotics and love, a story bolstered by the versatility of these two artists on the mic. The outro was sort of last minute as I had sort of chopped and screwed an old sample and realize it’d be perfect for this feel and then I totally warped my vocals at the end. We wanted to go for an undergound hip-hop feel while keeping the hook soulful.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Yep, I’m constantly learning and honing myself in this game of experiences and music so I shift to something bigger each time. I’m currently working on an experimental soul endeavor that’s revolving around earnest production, and honest messages I’ve encountered recently. 

What’s on the horizon for you?

Performing at some gigs in Boston, finishing up my next project, genre bending collaborations, and finding time to create a beatfinder app for your smartphone. Peace!


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