Artist Bio: Keno Meechie. I’m age 18. I’m living life in darkness. I was raised a way that whispers to me nowadays that I’m living life in a lie. Some deep shit right? It is.

The only REAL thing people need to know about me. I am a phantom. I can change whenever, I am up, I am down, but right now, I just want to get the millions to feel my pain.

1) What inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

I’ve been doing music all my life. Since childbirth damn near. I started singing in the choir when I was like 7 after my foster caretakers, a church pastor and his wife, heard me tossing my voice around after listening to the radio when I was not allowed.

That type of music was “ungodly” in their house. As I grew older, I learned about having other family members who actually got signed to labels in New York back in the ’70s for pop music.

2) Talk to me about the making of your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?

Uhm, Geez. To be honest, there wasn’t just “one” inspiration. I just seen all these other teenagers my age like XXXTentacion, Lil Yachty, etc suffering through the same suicidal open conflict as me but they became stars and I had a feeling that I somehow belonged sometime soon…… with them or near them.

3) What was the process behind making the project?

Begging, pleading, asking around if anyone could help me record this one particular song. I just needed 1 song to show the world. Nobody wanted to help me so I said “fuck it” Purchased $450 worth of studio equipment and went to work with a few YouTube tutorials to help. And STILL shot the video with my OWN camera while watching another YouTube tutorial.

Wok Wok still will be a huge success.

4) What are your thoughts on the hip-hop industry at the moment?

Man full of rappers that I can actually relate to….. the outside world, the listeners, they don’t know how hard some of these rappers worked in doubt and depression not knowing if they career was going to succeed. Ready to commit suicide because they were almost sure they were going to be living failures after all they’ve learned in school and from parents, Yea.

5) Do you enjoy grinding it out independently or would you prefer to be signed to a major label?

At this point, I think I would prefer a label. I mean, I believe in independence and owning everything you do, but I have no motivation right now….. and my soul is aching for the world to know that there is still some very different people out there….a major label can outreach that times ten.

6) What do you think goes into building a loyal fanbase?

Interaction and over-the-top product. That simple.

7) What sort of online promo and marketing are you doing to reach your fanbase?

Right now, I’m using my weird extremes and under-the-sleeve gimmicks to attract attention. Some of these weird extremes are just my personality while others may be just out of the hat. I share my own posts on facebook, I do have a dedicated city-wide fanbase that I post on Instagram and twitter to, and I market through emailing and group content to be more specific. I also play Playstation 4 GTA 5, Call of Duty games, etc and I have thousands of gamer friends waiting on my music. Overall, it has gotten me over a million plays on SoundCloud. Does that count ?……….

8) As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?

I don’t brand myself. My life has branded me. Other people’s lives has branded them. So if you’ve been through really tough times and experience than someone who hasn’t….. you’ll be a whole lot of everything including entirely different than them. That’s how I stand out.

9) How do you currently make a living as an independent hip-hop artist? What sort of income streams do you have?

I don’t make a living off of my music or as an independent artist right now. I do not have any income streams. I am looking forward to it one day…… a dream soon to be reality. My level of confidence banks on that and causes other people to catch on……… like a virus. Isn’t that also how you go viral………right ???

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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