What's your name? How did you get started?
At 26 years of age, D Kirk KV developed his love of music from his father. D Kirk KV’s sound is really from his heart and his love of music. He originated from the East Coast in Philadelphia but has a West Coast style and swagger. Kirk’s family and friends are of tropical decent from the Caribbean and Jamaica which he uses the feelings and sounds of the island-style dancehall beats. His songs “Put It Down” featuring Sunnie is a rap record about love and feeling good with someone when you first meet. This side of him as an artist, you get to embrace on palm trees and tropical feelings. Love and dance are things which he admires that he caught on from artists Shaggy and Sean Paul. The music was his “light" out of the bad times.
He feels honored to be growing as an artist. D Kirk’s family helped kickstart his passion for music by listening to new artists such as Chris Brown, Kid Ink, Big Sean, and J Cole. These artists shaped his sound and molded his love of music. As a college graduate with a business degree, he used his college experience to allow himself to use music as an outlet. His Debut Album, "Oceans", is a pure expression of those vibes. The highlights of his career include being featured in multiple artist magazines such as the front cover of DARK MAGAZINE IN HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA, Articles with Rnb Crazy, popsmashradio, RnBass, and others as well as dropping his debut album “Oceans” this past January which has done very well as well as going indie platinum with his record “Like That” with Rayven Justice. D Kirk started taking his career more seriously after college around the 2 years of doing music and has been doing it professionally since 2017.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
His experience in the music industry is about 3 years professionally as a rapper/singer. He was self-taught and learned the craft through experimenting with free-styling raps and singing songs with friends in college during parties or just casual time creating vibes and lyrics writing in English and drama classes in high school and college.
His learning style is more artistic and industrious more so he allows the beats he listens to be able to create a feeling or experience whether experiences in life or creating a new sound the beats give him the creative juices which allows him to create. His resources are YouTube from getting beats or from peers who make instrumentals as well as using his college education from Kutztown University as a guide to create his thoughts and come up with concepts and ideas.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
Credits are being featured in multiple magazines such as hiphopsince87, RnBass, dark magazine, Rnbcrazy, ukhiphop, and many more he has worked with a wide range of artists such as Derek King, DJ Mustard has produced a song for him, Rayven Justice, Mikey 100k, and Mayila. He has also been a songwriter and singer for many high-profile artists. O’Shea to name one.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
His biggest influences are Chris Brown, Big Sean LL Cool J, J Cole, and Tyga. He'd say these people because they all have there unique swag and style that he has used in his music such as there music catered to females and life, love, and passion for music and just overall sound have inspired him to create his sound the way it is now singing and rapping.
Playlist right now is, Big Sean. 24hrs, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhene Aiko and J Cole.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Some of his biggest obstacles are budgeting a debut album on his own from working two jobs and making ends meet with bills and actually achieving independently and making a good living now off of music. As well as being genuine to the art and making music he likes from the heart as well as creating different sounds being able to make a switch from R&B, Dancehall, and Rap.
How would you describe your sound and style?
His sound is feel-good rap and R&B with a twist of Dancehall and Afro music. His style is very much about life situations, things we deal with in life such as love, heartbreak, party-life, friendships, and just pure vibes from which his name KV comes from meaning Kool Vibes.
Just bringing that good energy yet relatable music allows people to feel good when they listen to the sounds as well as relate lyrically and dance-wise.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
He would love to work with Ty Dolla $ign, Pharrell, Sevyn Streeter, Chris Brown, Kid Ink, and Nelly.
What is your creative process like?
His creative process is very laid back but beat and visually focused. He usually listens to numerous beats and whatever one catches his attention he listens to multiple times until he comes up with a dope hook or catchy vibe. Then, he either writes on the phone or just records when he is ready. Whatever the beat feels he vibes to it and see how it makes him feel. It can make me feel upbeat, emotional, happy, motivational, or even lyrical. After he finds the sound he starts recording and creating the sound and vibe for the record.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
His favorite go-to order would be honey barbecue wings or Chicken Alfredo from his favorite food spot.