Hey Guys! So excited to be chatting with you! What brought on your love for music?
Hey Ainsley, thanks for having us on! We both found a mutual love of music through consistently being exposed to it while we were growing up in our respective households. We both viewed it as a creative outlet and medium of expression where we can provide a canvas for other people that might be going through the same kinds of experiences we are going through in our own personal lives. Before we were creators of music, we were first fans. Watching our influences and seeing the impact that they had on our lives inspired us to create our own music and tell our story in hopes that we can effect someone elses’ life in the same way.
How would you describe your sound?
As ibeshocker and Kevvie3TM, we are our own individual artists with our own separate sound and style, however this EP has enabled us to bring our sounds together in collaboration and create something brand new that blends both of our styles and interests into one. ibeshockers’ sound is based more on vulnerability and emotional topics with melodic elements, while Kevvie3TM has more of a gritty/edgy form of expression that focuses on lyricism and thought provoking topics.
What’s the most rewarding part of being an independent artist?
The journey is everything. As independent artists, we are inclined to do everything ourselves. That’s exactly what independent means. Not dependent. We formed our own crew called Open Studios that operates and functions very similarly to a record label. Our own independent crew consists of our close friends who are also creatives such as producers, songwriters, mix engineers, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and music business savvy individuals. We are able to create high quality productions with complete freedom and confidence because our vision gets delivered exactly the way we intended it to. With all of these factors in play, we are Open Studios.
Please tell us more about the new music that you have been working on. When was it written and how did the experiences of 2020 shape your newest musical endeavors?
All of the music from “Run on Sentences” was recorded at Open Studios in ibeshocker’s living room located in West Hollywood, CA. 2020 was a year of ups and downs to say the least. I had finally decided that I was going to leave my hometown to chase a dream in Los Angeles in February of 2020. Two weeks after I moved to LA, we get hit with a global pandemic and a whole bunch of uncertainty followed the months after. I viewed this pandemic as a blessing and a curse. The blessing was never in my life had I had so much time to really just lock in and focus on creating music. The curse was the isolation, the loneliness, and the financial instability that followed. However, Kevvie and I used 2020 as an opportunity rather than just taking the L. We decided to come together and create an album that touches on the mindset of an independent artist on their journey during troubling times. The main pillars of the project consist of uncertainty, anxiety, optimism, and a vision. That’s what kept us going.
What does this EP mean to both of you?
Creating this project gave us the glimpse of the reality that everything that we’ve ever wanted to achieve is obtainable. The amount of growth that prospered throughout this process as a collective and as individuals has been transformative and inspirational to all of us. This EP is more than just a tracklist of songs we made over the span of a few months. It is the driving factor that provided momentum and confidence to prove to ourselves that we are capable of anything we set our minds to.
What was it like hearing that one of your singles would be in a film?
It was one of those pivotal moments we spoke into existence. Its one of those things where you talk back and forth with your buddies about how crazy it would be to get your song placed into a movie. And then when it happens with the same people that you spoke about it to, it becomes this surreal moment of manifestation. We genuinely make music out of the love for making music. Taking the time to live in the moment and appreciating all the blessings is vital during the journey.
Where do you see yourself and your career in the next 2 years?
In a world where the pandemic is no longer a factor, we hope to take all the music that we’ve made and continue to make on tour to perform in front of all the people that believed in us and connected with our art over the years. XXL 2023 would be cool too…. We continue to lose ourselves in the love of creating. Leading with optimism, we are all open to what the journey has in store and are ready to adapt to anything the universe throws our way.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment?
Honestly, from every little thing to every big thing; its all been an equal accomplishment to get us to where we’re headed. I think we can speak for everyone in Open Studios that we have all fell in love with the process.
What one word would you use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
Do you have any last things you’d like to tell your fans about?
Thank you all for allowing us to do what we love and embrace our forms of expressions and creativity. Run on Sentences is only the beginning for us and what we’re all set to accomplish in the future. We have a ton of new music from our individual catalogs on the way. Kevvie3TM is set to drop his newest single “No Service in the Hills” in February of 2021. Meanwhile, ibeshocker will be releasing a timeline of songs under the project title “Temporary Truths” shortly after. Thank you for always rockin with us, we’re sincerely yours. Shock and Kev.
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