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Sound Off: Kevin Garrett


Apr 9, 2020

Fresh off of a new EP release, Kevin Garrett, singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and *cough* Grammy nominated artist, took the time to talk to us about the EP ‘Made Up Lost Time’ and his new single Gone Again. 

“‘Gone Again’ is about bracing for impact with rose-colored glasses on. It’s an attempt at looking at something good in your life with lower expectations in fear of losing it”. Outside looking in, this is something we can all relate to.

Keep reading below to find out more about Gone Again, which artist he would work with, and what food he can’t get enough of.

(By the way, that Grammy nomination was for work on Beyoncé’s Lemonade album…but we talk about that later)

1) Tell us about “Gone Again” and the inspiration behind it.

Gone Again is about exploring internal change regarding the weight of feeling. I was chasing something fleeting upon which I quickly learned I couldn’t hang like that because of my personality. Maybe we can’t change. Maybe I need more data. We probably can’t change.


2) How long have you been singing and writing music?

I started playing Violin when I was 4 and that got me to listen to all kinds of music and put me in front of a lot of different instruments. I started writing when I was 12 or 13 and started to really care about what I was writing when I got to New York a few years later. 


3) Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process and from where do you get inspiration?

I take from specific personal experiences, but I like to expand upon feelings or the impact of them to make the songs relate a bit more. I know what each song means to me on a deep level but releasing music is for everyone else so I like to try and make it accessible to people’s own experiences.


4) If you could work with any artist, who would it be?

I’d love to work with a whole bunch of people in some way. I like Kota The Friend, Kiefer, Ethan Gruska, the list goes on. I don’t think I have a dream collaboration in my head at the moment.


5) Music idol?

Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans. You can’t just have one if you wanna be good I think. 


6) You were a contributor for “Pray You Catch Me” To Beyoncé’s blockbuster Lemonade album and even received a Grammy Nomination for it?! How was it and how did this happened?

It was a very surreal experience to have written and co produced a song, especially the first song on Lemonade. It won’t ever be lost on me, and I learned a lot through the whole experience. 


7) Musically, have you ever fulfilled a dream?

Being able to write a song is a dream in itself. I tend to take it for granted because it’s what I do for a living but in terms of my career, I think there have been several checkpoints. I don’t like over-setting goals because I wanna keep moving. It helps with the whole being independent thing. 


8) Perfect weekend?

Alone. Except to eat. Carbone on Saturday. Lucali on Sunday. With my people. Otherwise alone haha. 


9) Favorite food?

A really good Banh Mi sandwich kills me. But Italian food is the dangerous zone for me (see previous question LOL).


10) Karaoke Anthem?

I’m literally terrible at Karaoke. But ‘Suddenly Seymour.’


11) Dream Duet?

This question is impossible to answer. There’s an artist called Maro and her voice is incredible. I want to make duets with a whole bunch of people. 


12) Craziest thing a fan made for you?

Someone made me a large painting that I still have at my family’s house. Very well made.


13) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I want to keep moving and keep growing. The past couple years I’ve been through a lot of personal stuff that I’ve displaced. It’s been nice to have time off to write amidst everything. I have a lot left to say.


14) What does popular mean to you?

I’d like to think the type of popular I’m going after is a result of being respected. If I can still get my peers’ attention, then I’m doing my job the right way. If more people keep listening and we keep growing, it’s a very humbling feeling to share my music with more people.


15) Do you have any upcoming projects?

I just released Made Up Lost Time, and I have so much more in the works especially now that I’m staying at home.

Hopefully he will be back to planning his tour with Lennon Stella very soon! Until then check out the official video for Gone Again right here:

And be sure to follow Kevin on Twitter and Instagram @kevinogarrett.


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  • Photographer Shervin Lainez | @shervinfoto