Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Kobenz
What is your name and what city do you rep?
My name is Kobenz and I be out here reppin’ Minneapolis, MN
Tell us about your latest releases, what inspired you to create them?
So my two current current releases are Gothbxch (feat. SpaceMan Zack) and my self-titled debut Kobenz.
What’s unique about you and your music
I’d say the thing that is most unique about me and my music is the authenticity. My music mostly stems from a lot of pain and serious trauma I’ve gone through in my life. I use poetry as my main source of therapy, and everything that I compose is based off of the poems I write. When I’m feeling really strong about something; I can’t just let it go, if I do that shit will just eat me up inside. I really have to express myself, I’m nothing without my self expression.
What shaped your music?
Back during the beginning of the pandemic, I went through a really rough time in my life. I was dating an individual who was extremely mentally ill, and when I love someone it kills me to see them suffering. Unfortunately for myself, it wasn’t very reciprocated, and in the process of trying to help them get better, my own mental health severely deteriorated. As soon as I was able to help them get the help that they needed, they split. I really ended up losing myself in that relationship, and I was left with the brutal memories and painful images. Eventually, I was able to get my own help, and making music was the best outlet to my recovery.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
After releasing my debut “Kobenz”, I was getting a lot of people with all different types of their own trauma, and they told me that they could relate to what I was saying in my song. Kobenz got over 40k streams between SoundCloud and Spotify in its first week, so I thought damn maybe I have something here.
What type of music do you listen to?
So I might get some hate for this, but I was never really a huge rap fan (with the exception of the old school shit) prior to making music. I was always more into 90s grunge, punk, and that edgy female pop type music.
What inspires you to write music?
Well my biggest inspirations currently are my life experiences. However, artist-wise, I’d have to say Biggie Smalls, King Gordy, Kurt Cobain, Lil Peep, Suicideboys, and Layne Staley.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
When I’m not making music, I really enjoy helping out other artists. I currently help other smaller or local artists get their stuff submitted to Spotify playlists, and grow their social profiles online.
Happiness to you is…
Happiness is being on stage in front of the mic. My all time favorite thing to do is perform live. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie and there’s nothing else in the world then putting on a fun show.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
If you aren’t rich and you’re serious about this you’re gonna have to get comfortable with the sacrifices. I spend 100+ a week at a bare minimum, gone days without being able to eat, and I’ve lived on more friends couches then I have fingers (that’s how you lose your friends too btw lol)
Tell us about your big new projects
I’ve got a few pretty big projects coming out soon, I’m doing a song with 2004 Billboard hits singer Katy Rose, I got a Tracy feature coming out soon, and this is actually really dope, Carolesdaughter is letting me do a cool little cover of her hit song Violent!
Where do we find you music / music projects?
Just about every platform, but for exclusive demos and prereleases, follow my Instagram! @goth.sin
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