Jon X Kennedy: A Music Star In The Making
Jon Kennedy; who is more known by his moniker Jon X Kennedy has been sparking a new wave with his abilities as a producer and rapper all the while etching his name in the world of music as a star in the making. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Jon X Kennedy originally garnered attention after releasing his debut EP 'Songs About My XX' which Jon exclusively recorded and engineered himself. Despite being a music enthusiast for nearly ten years, Jon X Kennedy didn't start his career until recently. He decided to spend time honing his craft and getting better at producing and song-writing. Jon tells stories with his music and tells them in a way that allows the listener to picture the exact setting he found himself in when he wrote it. With his eye's wide open and the mission clear 'Jon X Kennedy' has already begun the process of taking over Lexington and has since laid his sights on building his fan base across the United States. We got to sit down with 'Jon X Kennedy' for an interview. Here's what he had to say:
Jon X Kennedy (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - Thank you for taking the time to sit with us and answer some fan related questions Jon X Kennedy."
Jon X Kennedy - No problem thank you for having me
Rep - Okay lets get right in to it
Do you remember your first time in the studio? Tell us about it.
My first time in the studio was in 2013 in Louisville, KY with an artist I used to work with. We had worked on a remake to the single "GET GUAP" when I was 16 years old. The recording was done via GarageBand on a MacBook PRO in the basement of my sisters house (pretty much as basic as it gets). The setting was perfect now thinking back on it, it really allowed me to get comfortable and practice recording myself and learning the art of audio engineering.
There's rumors going around that your working on an upcoming visual from your most recent project. Tell us about it.
Yes, I actually am working on a visual from the project that I feel like my current and future fan base can really enjoy. I think people will be surprised by the record we chose to make my first official music video for. I'm actually constantly working on new records and potential projects - that is definitely one area I am most effective. My last project "Songs About My XX" was actually dropped without notice and I really liked the response it got. I mainly did it that way because I really enjoy checking "Apple Music" and seeing that my favorite artist has something new that just came out randomly.
Your first single 'Pon De Road' was a great introduction to your sound. What can new listeners expect to learn about your from this project.
They can expect to hear the potential that "Kentucky" has and how its environment impacted a young man inspired by music and the art of creating it. The project is about a relationship (my past relationship) and it basically is a testimony to where I'm at mentally after going through a break up. To me this project is about getting back to my normal self.
As of today one of your most popular releases is your song 'Know Ya Worth'. What were you going through when you made this song?
This song is technically an ode to the woman who tend to try to "play" niggas basically. There be so many songs amping woman up and idolizing them that they somehow feel like they are better than men when really we all do our dirt and ain't nobody perfect. So this record brings it back to the men "Know Ya Worth" just like these women do.
Tell us about the producers you worked with on this project. Why them?
This project was really close to my heart so I knew I had to enlist my friends from my hometown of Ashland, Kentucky. I also wanted to put my crew on my first official project. So shout out to PatJonCoop and TTay for helping me make this project what it is and giving me that inspiration throughout.
You grew up in Louisville, Kentucky - what has the place you grew up in done for you and other aspiring artists?
Growing up in Louisville was really kind of like a culture shock for me. Louisville became smaller and smaller to me as I continued to mature and meet other people interested in the same things I was. This really inspired me to continue my musical career and gave me the opportunity to get better. I also spent quite a bit of time in a place called Ashland, Kentucky where the people I met there really took me in as their own and continue to inspire my music today.
Do you have any fears about this music industry? How would you take someone pushing your music in a differnet direction?
My biggest fear about the music industry is the lack of artist development. I want to be as polished as possible and ready for a career in music and today there aren't many resources for artist development. It's basically like the transition between High School and College. You go from a system where your practically "babied" to a system where your in complete control of your destiny and one screw up could change your life forever. I wouldn't mind being pushed creatively further than maybe I thought I would - as an artist I'm pretty open as long as it makes sense.
Describe today's music industry if you can in just a single word.
I'd say Exciting. Mainly because for as much bad press that this new generation gets I feel like they still sleep on the fact that we continue to bend the genre and change things that have been standard for so many years. These up and coming 18 year olds are becoming millionaires even quicker and shaking things up which as a millennial is really exciting to watch and cover.
Describe your perfect listener with just a single word. What are they like?
They would be 'open-minded'. I think that is important because my music represents me as a person. Sometimes I want to do sad music, sometimes I'm happy and want to make happy music and then sometimes I might want to do some trap shit. If your open minded you will be able to accept my changing emotions and how that affects the music that I make.
Give us a random fact about Jon X Kennedy - that people don't already know.
I am 100% Jamaican (first generation immigrant). This is something most people don't know about me because you may not actually be able to hear it in the music I make, but maybe one day now that the cat is out the bag I'll give everybody some island vibes.
Overall - what can current and new music fans expect from Jon X Kennedy for the remainder of 2018?
Not to sound too cliche but they can expect the unexpected for sure. I'm going to be sharing a lot of content and doing a lot of things this year that will bring the type of excitement I like to see from some of my favorite artists. Its going to be a big year for me.
Jon X Kennedy (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - That concludes all of our fan questions Jon X Kennedy, thank you for staying past your designated time with us and we wish you the best of luck. Keep up the great work!
Jon X Kennedy - No worries and again I thank you for having me.