King Trot - Long Live The King
King Trot, from Kansas City, MO
1. How and when did you start making music?
For me bro, it all starting in the church. My pops is and has been a Pastor in the Kansas City community for over 25 years and ever since I was kid I played the instruments in the ministry. God blessed me with a gift of rhythm at a really young age. I picked up my first pair of drums sticks at 3 years old. By the time I was 5 or 6 years of age I was playing in front of large churches. I'd gained a reputation for drumming and honestly it often got me in a lot of trouble at school, as I was also known for "going in" with the pencils on the classroom desks, or causing a huge freestyle cypher in the lunch room. Once I got to 7th grade I transitioned to piano, which came naturally. It was like I was born to play keys. The key board truly took me to a even higher level of music awareness. I started making songs with my older sister Amanda, and we performed in countless churches as a teenagers. She's a major contributor to my development as an artist. Once I got to high school I started listening to more rap music and developed a knack for free styling. By senior year, I had released a mixtape with one of my life long homies Dutch Young who is currently blazing the music scene. That was the moment I realized music was my life.
2. Who were your early inspirations, and how have they changed since then?
I think I already mentioned my older sister, but my pops was also a huge influence and inspiration to me as an artist. I was raised in a household where we weren't allowed to listen to any "devil music" so as a child my favorite artists were Fred Hammond and John P. Kee. As I got older I started listening to more secular music. I was always fascinated with lyricist so listened to artist like Nas, Andre 3000, Fugees, and Eminem. My musical preference starting changing after turning my life over to Christ at 25. I still had a ton of love for rap but there wasn't a lot of artist with the content I was looking for besides myself. I stumbled across Lauryn Hill's MTV's unplugged segment from the early 2000's, and it changed my whole life as an artist. That was the type of music I was created to make. She's the G.O.A.T. in my opinion. Now days if I'm not slappin' gospel or Lauryn, I'm jamming to other Christian rappers like Mouthpi3ce, Jered Sanders, and Da' T.R.U.T.H.
3. If you could work with anybody, who would it be?
Easy. Ms. Lauryn Hill and/or Fred Hammond.
4. What do like/hate most about the industry?
I don't know if I'd say I like the music industry, because a lot of times the "industry" doesn't support or push artists that create music that promotes growth and positive change in our community. If an artists music isn't promoting sex, drugs, or violence it doesn't get mainstream attention and most times wont be pushed. You know the old saying, "sex sales" right? I simply can't rock with that. Thankfully, now days if you have a computer and little ambition artist are able to create, record, and distribute our own music from home. Social media outlets were a game changer.
5. What message do you want to send with your music?
I simply want to show the other side of the coin. There's a negative connotation behind being a rapper because of some of the things I spoke about earlier. My primary focus is to raise awareness about the Most High God during these evil times. Secondly, I use my mic to raise the consciousness in the black community because my people been in bondage too long. If you know me then you know I'm reppin' Christ and pushing love.
6. What's the biggest challenge you face as an independent artist?
Its wild. As a independent artist you wear multiple hats, so its a challenge to micromanage every working piece of your company. In the early stages of my career I had to budget everything. I had to promote and distribute all the music and merchandise hand to hand, just to see any revenue from my work, all while still working continually on making good music. So yeah.... It's work man.
7. How do you over come those obstacles?
Perseverance, consistency and faith. God gave me a great mission and I plan to fulfill it.
8. Where can they listen to your work?
Music is available for sale or free streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal, Rhapsody, and YouTube. Just search King Trot or follow my Facebook artist page under King Trot.