In his own words, Kid Kodak aims for “music from the heart”. The Florida native isn’t afraid to tackle big issues in his music, and that has helped him to develop songs that can relate to listeners of any age, fusing old-school rhythms with a new spin. Cliché had the opportunity to chat with the teen about his music, his goals, and what he wants fans to gain from his music.
Cliché: When did you decide to get started in the music industry? Did you have a big support system?
Kid Kodak: I started making music about a year ago to help cope with the troubles in my life at the time. With my friends pushing me, I started to release stuff to my Facebook friends and from there we are where we are today.
One thing that I noticed in your music was the strong and diverse background beats. Do you feel as though that is a big part of the music making process for you?
If the beat doesn’t invoke some type of emotion in me, whether it be happiness, sadness, or humor, then I can’t write to it. I think it’s safe to say the beats are vital to what I do.
What is your process in developing a track? Do you come up with the lyrics first, or do you like to hear a beat or background track before coming up with words?
I come up with lyrics as I listen to the beat. After I hear the beat once or twice, I usually have the song written in my head. All that’s left to do after that is write it on paper before I forget it all.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from everyday life, music from the heart.
What is the biggest message you would like to send to your own fans?
The biggest message I want to get across to my listeners is to be themselves, and follow their own dreams. Don’t be afraid to be ‘that one kid’.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I’m looking to drop some new music very soon, hopefully another project before the year is over. Making this transfer into college life has slowed down music production because nothing comes before my education. Knowledge is power and ignorance is ignorance.
Photograph by T.J. Grier