All Types Of Kinds
All Types Of Kinds is a name that aptly describes this group of four: Billy, Ray, Berk O and Rocco Stroker. Performing an eclectic mix of music ranging from original blues, folk and hip hop, the band lists a wide-range of influences including Elvis Presley,Buddy Holly, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder to modern artists of today.
Here is some background on each member of the band:
Billy: Billy, who is 25 years old, hails from Astoria, Queens. Billy has been on the stage since his early teens as a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter folk artist playing his own folk tunes as well as cover tunes.
Ray: Joining Billy is 20 year old Ray. Ray hails from Harlem and has also been on stage from young age mainly theater productions. Ray attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014. Since then he has been performing his music in the New York Metro Area and Richmond, Virginia. Ray is a multi genre artist and singer/songwriter and also like Billy has a large catalog of original music.
Berk O: Berk O, singer and percussionist, is from Brooklyn and he also contributes to the band's songwriting process.
Rocco Stroker: Rocco Stroker is the newest member of All Types of Kinds. Rocco plays bass, guitar and is an incredible vocalist. He is from New Fairfield, Connecticut. Check out this video of All Types of Kinds:
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started acting at 12 and being in musicals stimulated be to start performing and writing my own music. My mom also exposed to multiple music genres.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Crazy has not happened to me yet.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Compliments from people who see us and like our group. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Starts with lyrics. The idea of feeling of a song and how I feel that day.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
It is challenging in many ways, but maybe that is the way it should be. There is so much great music out there and a) it's great to listen to b) it also makes me realize how dedicated I must be to want to reach my goal of always being a working musician.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Chance The Rapper because he does a wide range of musical styles.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Repetition. Repeating a song over and over again until it is second nature.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
It's always seems to be the current one. Not a challenge itself but me challenging myself
What's coming up in the future?
Two more music videos four more singles and hopefully promises of bigger venues come true.
Where can fans buy your music?