Born Soul - 10 Questions Interview
Born Soul, born Kelly Hancock from Austin, Texas, is a recording artist, song writer, producer, and sound engineer who you don't want to miss. Born Soul started out as a DJ in college where he got deeper into hip-hop music. Intrigued by the way the beat and the sounds were put together to bring out the MC’s lyrics in the ’90s, he began producing and writing pre-production note pad segments. Born Soul soon recorded his first demo. His greatest influences came from the “Dirty Backpack” era of hip-hop; his lyrical delivery was inspired by groups such as Souls of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, and Hieroglyphics. These groups inspired him because they were different from the mainstream at the time, in their music complexity and pioneering styles. Steadily gaining comparisons to Andre 3000, his oxymoron-like, melodic indie-hop sound is induced by distinctive kick drums, clearly enunciated vocals and smooth synthesized sounds.
"Born Soul is the embodiment of the post-genre world. His music styles mesh music and prose to find new ways to communicate; the rule book has been torn apart. Previous tribal lines of demarcation no longer exist - they have been crossed, ignored and erased."
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
When I was a DJ in college, I got deeper into hip-hop music. I was intrigued by the way the beat and the sounds were put together to bring out the MC’s lyrics in the ’90s. I bought my first beat machine and began writing and producing these pre-production note pad segments. I really began to hone in on my skills when I decided to take music seriously and record my first demo. My greatest influences came from the “Dirty Backpack” era of hip-hop. Groups such as Souls of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, and Hieroglyphics influenced my lyrical delivery. These groups inspired me because they were different from the mainstream at the time, they were very unique, and difficult to comprehend which made them pioneers of their styles. As an up and coming MC, I wanted to be different and stand out from the rest.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing, or more so situation, that has happened was my label mates and I, at the time, back in 2001 I believe, performed 50 shows in 2 months. CRAZY!!, and shot a 2 day video shoot.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music path so far has been gaining knowledge. I know every angle of the music business. Now I can put it all in motion.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My song creation start with the beat. Once I get a vibe going, I can create.
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?
The biggest challenge indie artist face is a budget to market and promote. To be honest, I really don't want anything to change in the industry. The strong and creative will survive. BUT, I would ask the music industry to make indie music eligible for Top 40 mainstream radio.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
GEEZ....I would have to say Andre 3000. I feel we would compliment each other well on stage. The crowd would go nuts!!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I generally rehearse by myself. I go over my show set twice per rehearsal. As my show production expands, I will definitely be rehearsing with the entire stage crew.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I have a song called "Switch Lanez". That song was difficult due to the slow beat pattern. With the beat I created for this song, I knew I had to come hard. If you listen, the cadence is off every 4 or 5 bar, or something like that. It required timing and rhythm.
What's coming up in the future?
I would like to go on a 10-city tour, as well as perform at a few music festivals. With that said, Born Soul will continue to put in the hard work needed to accomplish this.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Listeners can find Born Soul at my website.
Listen on Spotify.