“…it really pays off to be unique. So many artists are contouring their sound to mimic another or have a similar vibe. I think it’s always good to get inspiration, but learning to own what you do and master your craft is super clutch and key. What you personally bring to the table can really be amazing and can impact the world in a way like never before….there is only one you.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Artist Kennis Clark. Originally from Roosevelt, New York, Kennis has spent the last few years living in Los Angeles. He has since had the pleasure of working and writing with some of the industry’s best producers which allowed him to grow and shape his craft. His musical Catalog features multiple genres from R&B/Hip Hop to Pop/EDM to his now favorite, Contemporary Christian fusion.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
What brought me to this specific career path has been nothing but my love of music and Its power. As a kid listening to music was a favorite past time and favorite thing to do. At age seven my older sister pointed out my singing voice as I sang along to Usher’s ”My way” on MTV and I fell in love with music ever since. I loved the sound and feeling it gave me.
Sometimes it was confidence, or Happiness, or a particular song that would musically explain everything I would be feeling. As I grew older, one of the motives behind what I do it is to inspire that same connection for someone else as I’m now able to create my own.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
It’s actually more funny and embarrassing than interesting. I was auditioning for “Making The Band 1” on MTV in New York. While I was waiting, me and some of the other contestants were dancing and getting energized to audition. I then got really hot and took off the jacket I was wearing so I could cool off. Minutes later one of the coordinators comes out and tells us to get ready because they were about to start! I quickly threw my jacket back on…..I hear them call my name and it was my time to shine. I’m face to face with Alicia keys, Joe and some other Industry judges. So I bomb my audition, and as I was escorted out I had a hard time getting my Metro card out of my top pocket. It was then that I realized my jacket was on inside out! It had been inside-out the entire time… so not only did I sound bad, but I also looked bad! HAHA…. I then went home and shaved my head bald. I needed to cleanse myself of the embarrassment.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I am currently working on my next EP project entitled “AWOL 2” which is the sequel to my first EP, (AWOL) — Another Way of Living. I am also very privileged to be shooting a music video to one of its leading singles “Close Up” with TBN’s JUCE TV network. That will be done mid-February this year. Aside from that, I am also working on music with other Faith-based Artists such as “The New Cool,” Michael Dixon, Turn Up Broz, Echelon Knoxx and Producer/Writer Dirk Pate of Timeless Music Group.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I’ve interacted with some interesting people, such as Kenny Lattimore, Jordin Sparks, Peter Collins and Dee -1. By far the most interesting person I’ve come across would be Dave Pensado. He works out of a studio owned by one of my buddies and he’s one of the most interesting guys to be around. Every time during my mid-session coffee breaks in the kitchen, he’d come out and invite me into his studio room to listen to the all the new Grammy work he’d been mastering. We always got a chance to talk as he would tell me about all of his funny/legendary/peculiar music mixing/mastering experiences with some of the greats.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
This list could go on and on. I’m inspired by many great people to have lived on this Earth. For starters, I’d like to say Steve Jobs, founder of Apple. God gave him a vision, and regardless of what words came out of people’s mouths or who believed in him or who didn’t, he still relentlessly went after his dream to establish not only one of the biggest, but one of the best companies in the world. Not to mention he started in a garage.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’ve tried to inspire people through the music I create. I try hard enough for them to want to have a conversation. I try to stay true to the message in my music and stand boldly. Once I can draw people in from the music, that’s when I use that time to really connect with my listeners and speak love and truth into their lives.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amounts of good to the most amounts of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.
If I could start a movement I’d love to promote more unity in the community and the practice of mentorship. There are many young people who can really benefit from having role models to look up too who can really help steer them in the right direction for the future.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The tip I would give to my colleagues is to just find the purpose for all your gifts.
Tap into them. Once you’ve revealed the purpose for them, your direction can become clearer and you now set out a mission to complete your work while you are still here.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
5 things I wish someone would’ve told me:
– That it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and years of it to become successful at what you put your mind to. For some reason I thought that pursuing a career in music would be an instant kind of thing. Through my experiences I’ve learned that it can really take a long time to get to the promise land. To get to where you are creating music and actually making a living doing it. I’m still on my journey, but very excited to see what’s in store for the future.
– That it really pays off to be unique. So many artist are contouring their sound to mimic another or have a similar vibe. I think it’s always good to get inspiration, but learning to own what you do and master your craft is super clutch and key. What you personally bring to the table can really be amazing and can impact the world in a way like never before….there is only one you.
– When I first started out, I wish someone would’ve told me the power of truly learning the music business and how it all actually works. It took a lot of trial and error to get where I am now and more to go.
– California gets really HOT in the summer.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them 🙂
I’d love to have a private breakfast/lunch with Pastor Michael Todd — Lead pastor of Transformation church in Tulsa, OK. I personally believe that his walk and journey is such an inspiration to me. I followed him a little over a year ago and was super impressed at his knowledge of the word, but also his approach and vision to spreading the good news to the masses. I think we can relate on many levels as well as exchange some life gems while sharing our testimonies. It would be an honor to. So Mike, if you’re reading this… We need to link up Bruh Bruh! Lol
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Readers can follow me on social media.
@KennisClark on Instagram, Twitter, and hear my music on Spotify.