"Old monk and coke is the kinda romance I dig, honestly. Good ol’ rum and coke.” | In talks with Kenneth Soares
We’ve all heard romantic songs about love, break-ups and beauty and cried our eyes out at some points in our lives. These artists who make us feel so, usually start out somewhere humble before making it into our playlists. One such artist, on his way to greatness, is the adorably charismatic Kenneth Soares!
He’s been playing around the city with an impressive frequency, lately, and his name has been on a lot of minds and quite a few hearts as well. To our luck, he decided to talk to us about a few questions we had for him. So here’s how that went:
So, Kenny, there has been news floating around of you creating your debut EP. Could you tell us more about this venture?
A: Yeah, I’m currently working on wrapping up the recording process of my first EP called “Table For Two.” It’s a compilation of five songs that talk about the matters of the heart. That’s just the kind of guy I am, you know? Real sensitive. I’m crowdfunding the entire campaign so that’s given me a completely new lens through which I look at music and money. You can check out the crowdfunding campaign out by clicking the link below!
You’ve been playing around the city, especially at gigs associated with Beatmap. What is your approach to a live set and what do you expect out of an audience?
Photo from Kenneth's first Beatmap performance
A: BeatMap’s just one of the events that I love performing for. I’m in a place in my journey where I just need to capitalise on my team and grab any opportunity that comes my way. I love playing intimate gigs honestly though. There’s a much stronger connection that you make with your audience at these gigs. There's a theory about the energy circle between artist and audience where the smaller the circle is, the more concentrated is the energy that flows between the people. I definitely identify with that feeling at intimate gigs and BeatMap House Parties.
You’ve also been promoting an online campaign for your EP lately. Could you tell the donors and fans what they should expect out of this record?
A: Promoting only has been a very eye-opening experience for me. From creating the blueprint of a campaign to sticking to the schedule that you’ve made, it’s a completely different ball game. I’ve had to put my extrovert’s hat on for the internet and be as visible and as vocal about my project as I can be, and it’s working out pretty well for me. The campaign has generated a fair amount of money. The money came in through offline donors as well. Adding to that, there’s some help that performing often can get you so all in all, it’s been a good experience so far, albeit a very tiring one!
Are you a foodie? Tell us more about what tantalises your taste palette!
A: Well, I am a BIG foodie. That’s been my downfall at times while making the record. I like to think of myself as a rather health conscious person and so being a foodie honestly just messes with that. I think I’m very biased to finger foods or just something you can munch quickly or on the go so I love indulging in something like cheesy nachos or the fries with those fancy sauces or even an order of hot wings. Oh man, I’m kinda hungry now.
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like to drink? And what’s your favourite concoction?
A: On a scale of 1-10? Probably a 7 or an 8. I love sipping on a Bira before a gig. Not heavy on cocktails to be very honest. Old monk and coke is the kinda romance I dig, honestly. Good ol’ rum and coke.
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