Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kingston: Revolution in the Making

“Don’t sleep on me.”  Those are the words of self-taught musician, Kingston.  Discovering his vocal ability at the age of 13, Kingston says he was not very outspoken about his talent because those around him claimed that singing was for girls.  Kingston, who’s real name will not be revealed, got his stage name from a friend in high school named Denzel who he met as a freshman.  Denzel crowned Kingston with this nickname and people began to think it was really his name.  Halfway through his high school career, when Kingston moved to upstate New York, he decided the name would be his new identity.  He tells me that ‘Kingston’ is his alter ego, “[he’s] music, entertainment, pride,” Kingston describes.  This alter ego is the one that doesn’t sleep because there are songs to write and things to do, “he’s a little bit cocky but he knows what he’s doing.”

High school was when Kingston was able to truly embrace his ability to sing.  People Kingston for his music at school, and finally during his senior year of high school and freshman year of college he realized, “I have something crazy.”  However, vocal ability is only one of the things Kingston is able to do.  At the age of seven, Kingston taught himself how to play the piano.  He went on to teaching himself how to play the guitar, and drums all by simply listening.  “I can’t read music,” he confesses, and so he uses his keen ear to create the melodies you hear in his songs; music for him is innate.    

Kingston knows above anything that he has something to contribute to the world of music and will stop at nothing to reach his goals.  If there were one thing he would change once he makes it big would be the quality of music.  He wants his hard work and dedication to shine through his music.  He uses meaningful words to portray messages in his songs.  His first song, ‘Nightmare Girl,” was about having complications with a girl and not knowing what to do; a theme many people can relate to.   

“I’m not a rapper or singer,” Kingston points out “I’m an artist” and it is this kind of self-talk that keeps his dream alive.  He admires artists such as Usher, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar but no one has made an impact on Kingston the way Chris Brown has.  “I watched him grow, his concepts are crazy,” he says, and he uses this admiration as the fuel to ignite the fire that is his dream.  He studies Chris Brown and the way he does things and tried to take it to the next level in his own music and performance.      

Kingston is ready to take the world by storm.  From people memorizing his lyrics to being recognized on the streets from his videos on YouTube, this young man is slowly making his way to fame.  March 25th Kingston will be preforming at Webster Hall [details in the video below], and in April he plans to release his first music video.  Also, be on the lookout for his EP coming in May called ‘Mind of a Gemini’.  Determination is everything in a successful artist, “I’ll go outside in hail, [and] fire coming from the sky if it means I’m gonna get it done” he vows, and this perseverance is what will drive him to the top.   

Twitter: @Kingston_H_
Instagram: @kingflyiz4ever
YouTube: KingstonH523

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Vic Rose: Rising to the Top

It is hard to notice the struggle experienced by those in the spotlight.  With a growing number of fans and thousands upon thousands of views on his YouTube videos, Vic Rose has truly done a great job at making a name for himself.  Born by the name of Guillermo Perez, Vic Rose, has created a stage name in which he is allowed to transform himself into the artist that he hopes the entire world can see one day.  When asked of how he came up with his stage name he replied, “At first I used my initials.”  However he soon found inspiration from artists such as Bruno Mars and Frank Ocean whose names are a real name plus an object and so he was reborn as the artist Vic Rose.
When he was younger, Vic tried out for choir and was rejected because he couldn’t sing high enough.   It was not until his junior year in high school that he really started to get good, and he says it all came to him from an increased interest in R&B music.  At first, Vic’s family was skeptical about him pursuing a music career, however he says that they are always supportive in what he does.  “They bought me my first instruments,” he describes, and this is what allowed him to strengthen his passion for the music industry. 

As far as his style, Vic says that the vocal aspect of his music all comes from R&B, however he describes his style as, “the rhythm of hip hop, as catchy as a pop song, and R&B vocals.”  Diversity would be an understatement in describing what he does which is why he says his ultimate dream in this industry would be to have the freedom to do what he wants without having to fall into a particular lane.  He strives to be varied in everything he does and is willing to do whatever he can to make sure it happens. 

Vic’s creative process is simple to understand.  If a melody comes to him when he isn’t home he records it on his phone, however he says it is a lot easier for whim to write something when he is alone.  He values the personal space and attention he can dedicate to his music without interruptions.  It took a lot of work to get to where he is though, “At first,” he described “[writing] was forced, because I wanted to learn how to express myself better.”  And it is hard work and dedication such as this that have allowed him to grow exponentially as an artist. 

Being lucky enough to graduate high school with this young talent, it is amazing to see the personal growth he has experienced in such a short amount of time.  His social networks are already filled with adoring fans searching for his whereabouts to snap a quick photo with him and begging for more music.  No rose is truly a rose without its thorns, and so Vic Rose calls his fans his thorns; without his thorns Vic Rose is not Vic Rose. 

Currently, Vic Rose has his own mixtape out entitled "Dream Big",  he has worked extremely hard on it and has lost sleep just to make it perfect.  He wanted his fans to see something new, and for all of them to know he did it on his own.  He wants his thorns to keep an open mind while listening and know that they are getting what they asked for: good music.  “You have to sacrifice a lot of time to get something out,” he describes.  He wants them all to remember that all artists go through their struggles and that he is working on his performance skills as time goes by because he wants to become better for his fans and for the world.  At the end of the day he assured me, “They’re gonna see me successful.”


Contact Vic Rose:
Twitter: VicRoseOfficial
Instagram: vicroseofficial1
Tumblr: http://vicroseofficial.tumblr.com/

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