Los Angeles Native Devin Kennedy is setting himself apart from the overwhelming music scene with his unafraid, genre bending soundscapes and relatable storytelling. The seasoned singer songwriter recently spoke with us about his musical childhood, his songwriting process and how a piano riff inspired his latest single,”Bad Habit”.
SR: What is your story?
DK: Los Angeles born and raised! I grew up in a musical family. My dad is a producer/mastering engineer and my grandpa was a concert pianist. I learned piano, drums, guitar and bass at a young age. I played in bands through high school and went to Berklee College of Music after that.
SR: How would you describe your music?
DK: My music is emotional, genre-bending pop. I like to combine a lot of influences and write conversational/relatable songs.
SR: What artists have been your biggest influence or inspiration?
DK: Growing up I was into pop/rock bands like Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, My Chem…and I still am. Going to music school taught me to have more of an open mind, and to recognize quality regardless of genre. So these days I’m listening to just about anything I can get my hands on.
SR: Can you describe your songwriting and music making process?
DK: Lately I’ve been lucky enough to bring in key collaborators on my solo music. I spend a lot of time co-writing/producing songs for myself and for others. For me, it’s always about creating something that’s going to stick with people. Whether that’s a lyric, a melody..etc.
SR: What inspired your single,”Bad Habit”? What was the recording session like?
DK: I think love has the potential to be our worst habit. In relationships, romantic or platonic, we have a tendency to pawn off our habits. So really, the love that connects us is the actual bad habit. I wrote and produced the song at my home studio in LA. I had a cool piano riff, a melody idea and I ran with it. The song came to me very fast and I finished it in one day.
SR: What do you want your listeners to take with them after listening to your music?
DK: I want my listeners to draw comparisons to real life experience, and find positivity through my music. I want them to be able to grow by listening to the stories I’m telling. And I want everyone to have a good time and dance.
SR: What advice would you give to anyone who aspires to be an artist?
DK: Collaborate often. Keep an open mind. Never stop working.
SR: What can we expect next from you?
DK: More music! I’ll have some more singles out through the end of this year and be out on the road very very soon!
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