Kasper From The K – By Pastor Rocky

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Hey Kasper from the K

As a Solo Artist, a Christian, and a friend, I would like to ask you 10 questions.

1. Tell the readers a little bit about yourself and your musical background.

I AM A SOLO POP/HIP-HOP ARTIST OUT OF THE SMALL TOWN OF HENDERSON KY WITH BIG DREAMS WHO IS WORKING DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE HIS DREAMS REACHABLE. I AM VERY HUMBLE, LAYED BACK AND OUTGOING AS I CAN BE. I’VE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS WITH A COUPLE OF SONGS THAT I HAVE WRITTEN AND GAIN AIRPLAY AROUND THE COUNTRY. I ENJOY TOURING AND MEETING NEW PEOPLE. THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON I’D SAY I’VE EVER MET WOULD HAVE TO BE “MR MUSIC HIMSELF, BB KING”. I LISTEN TO EVERYTHING FROM BOB SEAGER ON UP TO LIL WAYNE. I GUESS U COULD SAY I ENJOY IT ALL. ALWAYS GREAT TO HEAR A GOOD SONG NO MATTER WHO IT IS OR THE GENRE. WOULDN’T U AGREE?

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2. How did you come up with the name KASPER FROM THE K?

I ALWAYS JOKE AND SAY “HAVE U SEEN MY FAMILY? THEYRE ALL DARK COMPLECTED AND THEN U HAVE ME, THE WHITE ONE WITH A FRECKLE ON HIS NOSE” LOL. MY UNCLE RICK STINSON HAS CALLED ME KASPER SINCE I WAS A BABY… HE HAS BEEN THE ONE WHO KEEPS THE FAMILY TOGETHER AND HAS KEPT ME IN LINE. IF U KNEW MY FAMILY HISTORY (SO TO SPEAK) YOU WOOULD KNOW I COULD’VE EASILY BEEN IN AND OUT OF JAIL AND A CONSTANT PROBLEM CHILD. BELIEVE ME ITS IN MY GENES LOL. MY UNCLE WAS THE ONE THAT KEPT US OUT OF MAKEING BAD DECISIONS BY ENCOURAGEING US CONSTANTLY AND MAKEING SURE WE HELD OUR HEADS UP HIGH. MY MOTHER IS MY BACKBONE. MY UNCLE IS THE FAMILIES BACKBONE. SO I DECIDED TO TAKE THIS NAME AS A THANK U TO HIM FOR ALL HE HAS DONE IN MY LIFE. THE “FROM THE K” PART IS TO LET YOU GUYS KNOW IM FROM KY.

3. Who are the members/DJs that travel around with u?

THE PEOPLE THAT TRAVEL AROUND WITH ME AND MAKE THIS THING A WHOLE ARE DJ RAJ RAAQIM NIKKI B AND KYZ HOTTEST COMEDIAN BOB DIGGA… RAAQIM IS MY HYPE MAN WHO U SEE RUNNING AROUND ON STAGE WITH ME HAVEN FUN AND IS ALSO A TREMENDOUS SOLO ARTIST HISSELF. NIKKI B IS A STAR AND THE HOST OF ALL HOSTS, REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION, SHE WILL HAVE U ENJOYING WHATEVER IT MAY BE JUST WITH HER PRESENCE. BOB DIGGA IS MY FUNNYMAN. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG OR IF SOMETHING HAS ME DOWN THATS WHERE DIGGA STEPS IN.. FUNNY AS HE CAN BE. THATS WHY I KEEP HIM AROUND, THAT AND HE IS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS. HE HAS HAD SUCCESS IN HIS COMEDY CAREER AS WELL

4. What kind of gear do each of you use?

WELL THE DJ HAS HIS TURNTABLES OF COURSE AND WE MCS USE CORDLESS MICS. PLZ DONT PUT US ON A MIC WITH THE CORD STILL ATTACHED LOL. WE WILL TURN THAT THING INTO A JUMP ROPE BEFORE U KNOW IT HAHAA.

5. Do you do cover tunes, original tunes, or both?

BOTH…BEING AN 80’S BABY I WAS BROUGHT UP LISTENING TO 80’S MUSIC. THEREFORE, WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE TO USE THE SAMPLE SWEAT DREAMS WITH ANNIE LEENOX, AND YOU’RE MY OBSESSION FROM ANIMOTION I HAD TO DO IT SO THAT I COULD CAPTURE THAT OLDER FAN BASE RIGHT OFF THE BAT. AFTER ALL THEY ARE PARENTS OF KIDS NOW AND PARENTS BUY MUSIC FOR THEIR KIDS LOL…SO IT WAS KIND OF A WIN-WIN SITUATION ON THAT. I HAVE ORIGINAL TUNES ASWELL THAT I ENJOY CRAFTING OUT MYSELF….

6. Who are some of your influences, musical or otherwise?

WELL HONESTLY MY INFLUENCES ARE EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER TOOK THE TIME TO EXPRESS HOW THEY FEEL OR TALK ABOUT TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS IN THEIR LIFE THREW LYRICS. IT’S RUFF OUT HERE. IT’S NOT EASY TO DO ANY OF THIS. WHETHER ITS UR FIRST SHOW OR UR 20TH SHOW, THERE IS ALWAYS THAT WHAT IF FACTOR…LIKE WHAT IF IM NOT EXCEPTED ON THIS STAGE OR WHAT IF NO ONE SHOWS UP FOR THIS SHOW ETC….U JUST GOTTA GRIP IT AND RIP IT. IF U DONT BELIEVE IN URSELF THEN HOW DO U EXPECT THEM TO BELIEVE IN U… OWN THE NIGHT, OWN THE TIME SLOT THEY GIVE U AND GO HARD… I’M INFLUENCED BY THOSE WHO HAVE MADE IT AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE STILL TRYN…DONT GIVE UP….THERES A FANBASE OUT THERE FOR U…U JUST GOT TO FIND IT……

7. Tell us about some of the greatest and worst gigs you’ve experienced.

WOW…I COULD TELL U A FEW IN BOTH CATEGORIES. MY WORST GIG I’VE EXPIERENCED AND I MEAN ALL THE WAY AROUND A BAD GIG WAS IN LEXINGTON AT A NIGHT CLUB…WE HAD BEEN HAVING THIS SHOW ON OUR CALENDER FOR OVER A MONTH SO IT WAS WELL SET IN CONCRETE TO DO…. WE SHOW UP AT THE SPOT TO SET UP ONLY TO FIND OUT THERE HADNT BEEN A LICK OF PROMOTION…. NOONE NEW ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING THERE AT THE CLUB… THE SO-CALLED MANAGER WHO BOOKED THIS SHOW HAD BEEN FIRED WEEKS BEFORE AND NEVER CALLED TO CANCEL AND NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO THE MAIN BOSS MAN OF THIS CLUB…. SO YEAH, WE WERE NONE THE LESS HEATED…. I HAD INVITED MY CAMERA CREW ALONG WITH ME BECOUSE I KNEW THIS WOULD BE A GREAT SHOW/TURNOUT ETC….NAH…IT WAS THE WORST… MY BEST GIG I WOULD SAY WAS IN INDIANA AT THUNDER ON THE OHIO…2006 OR 7 I DO BELIEVE…. I HAD JUST HAD MY FIRST SINGLE BURNING UP THE AIR WAVES HERE IN MY HOME TOWN AND HAD THE PRIVELEGE OF OPENING UP FOR A ROCK GROUP AT THE FESTIVAL THAT WENT BY THE NAME OF BUCK CHERRY…. I HAD PUT IN WEEKS OF EFFORT PRACTICING FOR THIS…I HAD MY DANCERS, MY CREW, MY FAM, ALL THE TRI STATE SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN HERE AT THIS EVENT…. EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTH, NO PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER…. OTHER THAN THE STAFF RAN OUT OF PASSES TO GET SOME OF MY PEOPLE IN FOR FREE LOL…

8. Tell us about your impressions of the local music scene. What do you think could be done to improve it?

OK IM GONNA BE REAL HONEST AND TO THE POINT… THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE HERE IS STACKED WITH ALL TYPES OF GENRES FROM RAP TO COUNTRY TO COVER BANDS AND SO FORTH…AS FAR AS MY GENRE AROUND HERE IT SEEMS AS IF PEOPLE THINK ITS A RACE TO SEE WHO IS GONNA CLIMB THE LADDER TO THE TOP FIRST. MIDWEST SYNDICATE IS THE FIRST ACTUAL ATTEMPT FOR MANY PEOPLE TO SHINE TOGETHER AS A UNIT…. I WISH IT WERE MORE LIKE THE COUNTRY SCENE AROUND HERE…HAVE U EVER NOTICED COUNTRY MUSICIANS/COUNTRY STARS ALL HAVE A SIMPLE RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHERS CRAFT? I MAY BE WRONG BUT TO ME IT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR FOOT ON OTHER PEOPLES HEAD IN THIS LOCAL SCENE AND DONT REALIZE WE GOTTA ALL MOVE TOGETHER IF WERE WANT’N TO SHED LIGHT ON ALL THE TALENT AROUND THESE PARTS……I’VE GOT RESPECT FOR ALL PEOPLE AND WISH EVERYONE THE BEST…THATS JUST HOW I WAS BROUGHT UP….

9. What do the members of your crew do when they’re not rehearsing or gigging?

WHEN WE’RE NOT REHEARSING OR GIGGIN’ WE’RE STAYEN BUSY EITHER IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS HELPING OTHERS IN FUNDRAISERS, ETC, OR KEEPIN BUSY HOSTING DIFFERENT EVENTS AND TAKING CARE OF OUR FAMILIES THE BEST WE CAN…

10. This one really isn’t a question. This is the part of the interview where we ask you to say what’s on your mind or to give a shout out to whomever you want.

ID LIKE TO THANK GOD FIRST AND FOREMOST, MY MOTHER, FATHER, FAMILY, BRENAN HALL FOR COMEING AND KNOCKING ON MY DOOR A FEW YRS AGO TELLING ME TO GET MY MUSIC STUFF TOGETHER BECOUSE HE WAS READY TO HELP ME CHASE MY DREAM…JOEL HOPPER FOR ALL MY PRODUCTION, CONNECTS AND HELPING FURTHER MY MUSIC CAREER…. NAPPY ROOTS FOR SHOWEN ME THE ROPES AND HOW TO STAY HUMBLE IN THIS INDUSTRY…EO MUSIC FOR TAKEING ME AROUND THE COUNTRY AND FOR HAVING FAITH IN ME…RSVP PRODUCTIONS FOR ALL THEIR HELP WITH EVERYTHING FROM VIDEO TO LIFE ITSELF…. LAST BUT NOT LEAST ALL MY FANS THAT BELIEVE IN ME THANKS FOR STICKING WITH AND BEING PATIENT WITH ME…. BUCKLE UP IM IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL!

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Kasper, ty for the interview and for your time my friend.  May you enjoy continued success

Pastor Rocky

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