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Sunday Spotlight: Kris Evans

Sunday Spotlight: Kris Evans

KEM Stockholm Profile1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Hey, I’m Kris Evans from Middleton, Manchester. Most people would class me as a Hip-Hop artist or rapper (both are true!) but I feel that my music crosses many genres. My debut single ‘N.U.M.B’ is very retro sounding with Blues and Rock influences. ‘N.U.M.B’ recently won ‘Best R&B/Hip-Hop Song’ at the Unsigned Only Awards. I was the only UK act nominated in the category and, in fact, the only UK winner across all categories. Almost 6,000 tracks were submitted to the competition from over 100 countries so it’s a great achievement. ‘N.U.M.B’ has also been nominated as one of the 10 finalists in the ‘Best Unsigned Song’ category at the 2017 Unsigned Music Awards hosted by Best of British. It’s fantastic that a song so personal and close to my heart has been received so well. You can vote for ‘N.U.M.B’ to win from the 23 October – 29 October at Vocalzone here.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

I feel that my music crosses a lot of genres even though people see me as a Hip-Hop artist. I’m really into melodies and unusual chord structures and I’m inspired by all sorts of music from Soul to Rock to Jazz. My music comes from personal experiences and inspirations and where that leads musically. It’s not driven by wanting to fit into a particular box or specific genre. I have a spoken word track that’s coming out at ‘Kristmas’ – I just go down whatever path the music takes me!

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

I first got into music around the age of 11. It’s funny now because I first noticed my love for music when I was playing football – a bit strange, I know! During games, including important ones, I used to make drum patterns and sing melodies in my head. That explains why we always used to get beat, I suppose! My Mum tells me that, even at an early age, I used to sit for hours in my bedroom listening to the likes of Michael Jackson, Tupac, Eminem and Westlife – ‘Flying Without Wings’ was a guilty pleasure (that’s the one I usually keep to myself but there you go, I admit it!).

4. Stage or studio?

I love both equally to be honest. Performing is an amazing feeling, especially now it’s my own original material. I like to see the reactions of different audiences to my music. The feedback I’ve been getting has been very overwhelming. I’m not going to lie, though, the studio is my home. I’ve been in studios since i was 13 years old so it’s my comfort zone. The whole creating process of making something from nothing is incredible. I work really fast too and tend to work on more than 1 record at once switching back and forth. I believe that we shouldn’t think too much when creating music, it should just flow out naturally.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

I use Logic Pro, at the minute. I’ve used every music making software that there is but I’m comfortable with Logic. I have a MIDI keyboard that I use all of the time. And, of course, you always need a great quality microphone!
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

It’s a Neumann microphone and it’s absolutely incredible! You have to take off any jewellery when recording because it picks up everything – and I can’t keep still when I’m in the booth!

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

KEM Graffiti PicYou can check out my music at my website – or across my social media (see below). Follow me for some exciting announcements coming up!


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