We had the good fortune of connecting with Khalel (K.I.D.) Parsons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Khalel (K.I.D.), we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is very important and can be beneficial as long as it’s calculated risk. It’s good to take a leap of faith with the right knowledge but can also be detrimental to go into a situation blind. Risk has taken a huge role in both my life and career. From a musical standpoint, taking risks has almost always benefited me. When I discover new flows/ways to approach a beat, it comes after the risk of switching my style and it potentially not having good feedback from my audience. Some of my biggest lessons also came after taking risks, whether the outcome be good or bad.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My music is a breath of fresh air from a lot of others’ because of my transparency and substance. I’ve always taken pride in my dedication to my craft. There’s been times where I’d miss meals and even some classes so I can finish a song or get an album done. Through all of my challenges my dedication kept me going and I see constant improvement thanks to it. One of the biggest lessons I learned is to make your art for you and true to you. The moment you try to please and/or impersonate other people in your craft, the quality diminishes and people can always tell whether they speak on it or not. My music is made to be timeless and I intend on it inspiring and giving love to people all over the world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I were to be showing my best friend the city, knowing me we’d most likely go somewhere to eat first. My favorite place to eat recently is a Korean fried chicken place called Bonchon. I’d also take them to Belmont Plateau and show them where I go to relax my mind. I would take them to a skating rink, most likely Rolling Thunder, and see how good they are on wheels. Lastly I’d take them to the art museum steps for a good workout and to check the scenery afterwards.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate the shoutout to my father for being my first and one of my biggest inspirations, both musically and in every day life. I grew up watching him create and it sparked the same mindset in me.
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