Kese (The Rapper), born Marquise Glover' has been making waves with his sound all-the-while etching his name in the world of music as a star in the making. Born in Orlando, FL, Kese attended Evans High School where he discovered his love for music, but it wasn't until he attended 'Los Angeles Valley College', where he began to come out of his shell. After witnessing his brother get incarcerated Kese made a promise to his brother that he would take his new found energy and keep it going after seeing how passionate his brother was about music and the freedom it brought him to vent about his thoughts and state of mind. With his eye's now wide open and the mission clear Kese has already begun the process of taking the city of Orlando and beyond by storm. We got to sit down with Kese for an interview. Here's what he had to say:
Kese (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - Thank you for taking the time to sit with us and answer some fan related questions Kese."
Kese - No problem thank you for having me
Rep - Okay lets get right in to it
1. Do you remember your first time in the studio? Tell us about it.
Lol, yes it was quite some time ago. I first got in the studio with my brother (who inspired me) and my moms boyfriend. It was a pretty cool experience (nothing major though) - I wasn't very good at the time lol.
2. That's definitely understandable - but my have things changed right! Well Kese, there's rumors going around that your working on an upcoming project. Tell us about it.
Well I'm currently working on a project that I'm really excited about. It's my first one so I really want to make sure its a classic. But since my fans will be tuned in I'll go ahead and leak the name. It's (M.F.E) - short for Music For Ever. The new project is an ep and will be about 6 to 7 tracks - official release date as or right now is - April 15, 2017.
Well, they can expect to see my growth as an artist. I feel like as an artist you need to be aware of your current limitations and boundaries. Once you recognize them I feel like you should do everything you can to stretch beyond those boundaries and limitations.
4. That certainly sounds like a recipe for success! As of today your most popular single is 'On Me' and you gave fans an official music video for it. Has the process of creating visuals for your music had an effect on your writing or thought processes when creating your music?
Definitely! For me creating a video for a song should tell its story. If its hard to make a video for your song, then you didn't effectively tell a story in your lyrics. So for me it has elevated my way of thinking and now when I write, I see a possible video and that helps make the process more transparent.
5. Tell us about the video and the song for those who haven't seen it yet. What is the song about and how is that portrayed in the visual?
The video sheds a brighter light for 'On Me' (the song) and in the video I told the story of people coming on to you after success, but you knew them before all of the success and the hype. The people who didn't want to work with me or girls who didn't want to give me the time of day are now all - on me.
6. On Me - is your first official video - would you do anything differently?
Well I guess I would just elevate my writing skills to better tell a story. The entire process of making 'On Me' has made me anxious to write songs that can be easily 'directed'.
7. Tell us about the producers you have been working with. Who can we expect to hear from on the new EP?
The new EP will feature all solo records and me just working with different producers. So far I've worked with names like Dee Money, Traumatone and DJ Swift. I like working with producers from scratch but do enjoy listening to beats already made at times and just going in on the track.
8. Your currently based in Orlando, Florida - what has your hometown done for you and other aspiring artists?
Well the scene is picking up... There was a time when everybody slept but right now everybody is just working. Energy is up but it can be overwhelming at times because obviously Orlando is a major tourist city - so peoples attention span isn't the best. So you definitely have to stay consistent.
9. Do you have any fears about this music industry? How would you take someone pushing you towards a different direction with your music.
Well I'm here to make good music. The other stuff in the industry like staying in the press and labels wanting you to beef for press - won't distract me nor will I make hasty decisions that tend to receive a backlash.
10. Describe todays music industry if you can in just a single word.
Energetic - todays music industry is energetic - a lot of different energy in the industry today and so many unique waves are being made. Its pretty inspiring.
11. Describe your perfect listener with just a single word. What are they like?
They would be 'outgoing' - an outgoing listener - they pay attention - and are always 100% supportive. Their like family really because they care. I feel like the ultimate fan just wants good music and honest story-telling. They want to know your life and hopefully one day be included in it.
12. Give us a random fact about Kese - the rapper that people don't already know. What would that fact be?
I don't think they know how hard I work. I feel like people underestimate the amount of work being put in and they tend to over-look it. Creativity is a process and its not easy venting your inner most thoughts all the time.
14. Overall - what can current and new music fans expect from Kese in 2017?
Lol, expect a bomb, because I'm dropping EP's, music videos, and nothing but quality music. They can expect for me to take advantage of the position that I'm in and I will continue to improve and everyone will be able to see.