Kid Evo, a 23-year-old, aspiring musician has the momentum for his first tour across tour. His realistic lyrics in his album, Goodbye Liana, gives his audience the relatability they need with life experiences such as the ups and downs of relationships. The San Marcos native discussed with Con Safos Magazine, his ambitions, life experiences, and his growing love for the people who have supported him in his vision.
Kid Evo performed in El Paso at the Lowbrow Palace on February 25. He was accompanied by Doeman.
Question: How do you separate yourself from other artist?
Answer: I try to not follow a trend, a lot of stuff out right now is the opposite of what I’m doing. I’m trying to stay true to myself and talk about real life, real life things that I go through and try not to follow what everyone else is doing. A lot of people that make the type of music that I make want to talk about a lot of drugs. I kind of try and stay away from that, and do a lot of life relationship music, which is how I kind of differ myself.
Q:Who influenced your music style?
A: I’m influenced by a lot of people. Top three probably Miguel, PartyNextDoor and Frank Ocean, and Bryson Tiller.
Q:Is there anyone that you want to work with or collab with in the future?
A: Maybe Tory Lanez and PartyNextDoor, definitely.
Q:Is there a specific thing or person who inspired you to start writing?
A: I started writing music in the fourth grade. I wrote my first song when I was eleven, but just coming up with rhymes. There was this poetry book called Where the Sidewalk Ends. I believe it was just a whole book full of just random poems. I remember just me and my friends would just make songs out of them so I mean ever since then. My father was a concert promoter so just making songs out of these poetry books and just being around concerts when I was growing up since I was about eight years old. He was doing it since I was about 14-15, so every weekend it was a new concert and just being around that life style and just that it just kind of blends together. And my mom, she was just heavy into music. She put me on all kinds of music everything from Rick James to the Commodores. She bought the 50 Cent albums, she bought the Peaches and Cream when they came out. So just having all that is what definitely made me make music.
Q:What’s a typical week like for you?
A: Just a lot of writing. I’m in the studio as much as I can, working with my team going over a lot of video ideas. Lately we’ve been going over and planning this tour making sure everything is perfect that’s kind of how’s it’s been these past weeks.
Q: Outside of music do you have any hobbies?
A: Just music is my only passion I have other than being an artist. I built a studio at my house so other than when i’m not working on my music I like to help other artists work on their music. I invite a lot of local artists to come to the studio. I like to just help them make their record or help them just get started. I like being there and being around music and helping somebody make it.
Q: Where are you based out of?
A: San Marcos.
Q: How Would you describe your relationship with your fans?
A: I respond to every message I get or that I can reply to everyday. I respond to everybody. I mean anybody that messages me whenever I have the time to, I respond to them. Like every show I do do with every ticket it comes with a meet and greet just because I want to meet everyone. I just want to meet everyone that supports me just because without them and their support I wouldn’t get to do this. You have to be able to interact with the people who make you who you are.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in music?
A: Don’t follow a trend. Make music that you want to make, make sure you’re comfortable. A lot of people are going to give you ideas, they have their vision. Just try to stay true to yourself, stay comfortable. Work towards your craft as much as you can, stay patient. Everything comes with time. I’ve been making music for about four to five years and this is my first tour, so everything goes with time. You just got to stay patient, and work, work as hard as you can.
Q: Are there any songs that have meaning to you?
A: The album is called Goodbye Liana, I wrote that song for a past relationship I was in years ago. It’s basically about being in a relationship with somebody that doesn’t really support what you do. Its kinda like they want you all for themself, they don’t like the idea that you’re in the studio every weekend. They don’t like you’re away from home days at a time. Its kinda like they don’t take your passion seriously. I know a lot of people that their in these relationships that the person doesn’t support them to the point where they care more about saving their relationship than doing what they like to do, and a lot of people end up quitting. You don’t want to stop what you love doing just because somebody doesn’t want to respect what your doing, you want to be with somebody who understands and supports you.
Photos and Interview By Destiny Shanks and Patricia Caldera