As you may know, Symphonic Distribution recently launched the #BecomeMajor movement. #BecomeMajor is a call to all music industry creatives to stand together and connect on a deeper level by building relationships and networks that can help each other grow and inspire. We’re committed to standing with artists to help get them get to the next level by providing them as many tools and education as possible to help them become bigger than anything a major record label could ever provide.
We decided we’d kick off a new interview series where we sit down and chat with talented artists all over the world to find out more about what they are doing to get their material out there, what #BecomeMajor means to them, as well as get hands on advice from these individuals to further help inspire and empower other artists to do the same. Our first interview is from the artist known as KPT.
Photography credit: Bob Good
-Who is KPT?
“Hopefully KPT is different things to many. As with any art, I’d love the listener to take away their own interpretation. On a literal level, I’m a musician with a taste for the darker things in life.”
-Your music is great but so is your cover art and branding, can you give our readers (who are also musicians) any advice on the importance of their branding and design?
“Thank you. Design is absolutely critical in everything I touch. Coming from that background as well, I’ve always had an affinity for things that are simply visually pleasing. It’s all part of the same package. The music carries over into the artwork and packaging. It’s an extension of who I am. I’m also a firm believer that people should be able to recognize (at least a piece of) your art at first listen or glance.”
-How does the movement of #BecomeMajor influence you?
“Become Major as a movement influences me, as I believe it can truly influence others who are in a position where I once was. At a point where things seem very overwhelming and that general feeling of not being heard, or locked-out from getting proper credit and exposure. I applaud you for initiating this.”
-What is your overall goal for your music career?
“Overall, to simply create and reach as many ears as possible. Develop a devoted fan-base.”
-Do you believe that the independent music scene can outdo the major artists?
“I think we’re at a crossroad in the industry where people are more open to blending. Genre-wise and status. “Major” artists open (and actively seeking) to work with talented “independents” and vice-versa. It’s something I’m wholeheartedly embracing. Take the recent Kanye and Allan Kingdom (fellow MN artist) collaboration for example. Ideally, I’d like to think that eventually there won’t be much of a difference. Aside from removing status.
-What about being an independent artist do you like?
“Full artistic control is a definite plus. The fact that I can absolutely do and say anything I please and that I’m solely responsible. To reap the benefits or consequences of my actions.”
-What makes you different from other artists doing the same music?
“Style and originality. I’d also like to think I’ve got a semi-unique method of writing and performing.”
-If you had a wish for the music scene, in particular how independents revolve around it, what would that be?
“I’d love to see what I mentioned earlier, about status disappearing. I’d also love to see more interaction from music-lovers. I read something recently stating that we have more access to music now than ever before. If you find something you love, help to support and share! We as “independent” artists truly feed off of this.”
-What are you doing in your day to day to try and #BecomeMajor?
“Breaking down barriers collaboration-wise and promotion-wise. Don’t view yourself as the “little guy.” I like your tagline. “Empower yourself.” It goes much further in life than with music.”
-What is upcoming for 2015?
“My debut full-length. I’ve had plenty of singles, a split-release and remixes, but people have been begging for a full-length of solo material. Happy to announce it’s coming this year on Blood of the Young Records (blood-of-the-young.com). KPT ALIVE BY MACHINES.”
-Finally, where can folks find out more information on you?
“kptfrsh.com is one avenue. If we’re talking deep dark secrets: Tumblr, or better yet, come to a show and ask!”