FYIG recently had the chance to chat with urban pop artist KVNE about his new single Make Me Better and his new record label KillaKollective. Find out more about KVNE right here!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kevin Edworthy, musically known as KVNE. I’m a singer, songwriter, and father from Hamilton, Ontario. I am also co-founder of the independent record label, KillaKollective. I was born in Hamilton, and am the youngest of four children. Growing up, I always had a love for entertaining my older siblings and at some point in my early childhood that was particularly fueled by my love for music. As a single father, I’m driven to show my son that we’re all capable of following our dreams – I want to positively lead by example.
You started playing guitar at the age of 11. Did you know at that point that you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Absolutely! There was always a lot of music in my household, mostly classic rock or alternative. My mom played guitar and I remember playing the shakers while her and my uncle had jam sessions doing cover songs of Neil Young and James Taylor. Sports or activities never interested me as much as music, I was always drawn to it from a young age.
At age 13, you started your own band which went on to open for notable acts like Alexisonfire and Avril Lavigne. What was that experience like as a teenager?
Performing with such acts felt surreal! I can honestly say having those opportunities at a young age instilled a lot of motivation in me to do this full time. Meeting fans all over the country and getting the chance to connect with a new group of people every night was life-changing.
As you got older you started to move into more of the writing and engineering aspect of music. What prompted you to start to gravitate in that direction?
After my touring projects had disbanded, I started to re-evaluate my place in the music industry. I began to think of how I could do it bigger and better. This was around the same time urban music had overtaken rock and became the biggest market for music. Consequently, I knew it was time to learn and start something new. After years of teaching myself basic engineering, I had the opportunity to undergo development for mixing, mastering, and songwriting to help refine my craft as a creative. In return, it has now made me an all-encompassing and more versatile artist.
You just released your first single called Make Me Better. Tell us a little bit about that song.
“Make Me Better” is a song about a connection between two people and the power or influence you can have over one another. It is also about the importance of every defining factor of that relationship; when you met them in your life, what the first impressions were, and even goes on to explain how that one person can make you want to be a better version of yourself – the best version.
With that new single out, is a full-length album next? If so, when can audiences expect it?
We’ve been working a lot, and I’ve got a ton of new content for my listeners. Definitely expect some new music by fall. As far as an album, I’d have to say possibly early next year. I’ll keep everyone updated on my social channels.
You recently co-founded the record label The KillaKollective. What inspired you to create your own label?
The KillaKollective is an independent label established in 2018. The making of the label was inspired by the lack of resources for new creatives trying to make a name for themselves in the industry. Everyone deserves a chance and we want to instill that. To us, it is about bridging the gap between artist, record label, and genre.
How did you meet your co-founders Solomon Mallo and Julian Broderick? What do they bring to the label?
I first met Julian and Solomon in the development stage of my career. We were all apart of a Toronto artist’s creative team, and so we spent lots of time together. We then began working together as a team in our individual endeavors, whether that be business or artistry related.
Solomon is a very diverse songwriter and extremely fluent in the business side of things. As my manager, he continues to help pave creative routes to success and helps us navigate through those paths.
Julian is also an extremely skilled songwriter and is currently launching his own clothing brand called, “6Dot”, in his hometown, Toronto. His extensive knowledge and connections within the city have helped him obtain notoriety in Toronto and the GTA.
We all also share the same passion for community and a strong desire to help rebuild the support for local music within our hometowns.
How difficult is it to balance being a single father with your music career?
I think being a single parent is a lot for anyone to manage. With that being said, it is also extremely rewarding. My son has always been my biggest inspiration to be better and do more for others. Balancing my life does take a lot of work and as much preparation as possible. Also, my ability to make the best decisions possible for the both of us has greatly improved. Nonetheless, every member of my team is super supportive of Dorian and understands he will always come first. Every victory is an even bigger victory because of such.
What advice would you have for aspiring musicians?
Push yourself and enjoy what you’re doing. Never lose sight of your goals or get caught up in someone else’s. Anyone can be anything they put their mind to, but never be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes you might not necessarily get what you’re looking for the first time around, but take each step as a building block to your end goal.
Tell the readers where to find you online.
Follow me on Instagram for updates on music and more at @kvne_official and on Facebook at KVNEMusic. Be sure to check out my latest single ‘Make Me Better’ available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all other major streaming platforms.