A not-so new-kid-on-the-block, Kevo Maro (KM), has introduced his touch and sound to the music scene, and we love to see it.
SYM caught up with this young lyricist to hear what makes him tick.
SYM: What first got you into music?
KM: Nothing in particular. I just had a thing for words and melodies from a really young age, so I guess it’s just another one of the many hobbies I decided to take seriously as I grew older.
SYM: What is your creative process like?
KM: I like to think I’m bridging the gap between a conscious but very modern-day Trap Hip-Hop sound.
SYM: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
KM: Locally I’d really like to tap in more with artists from other genres. The likes of Gazza and Exit just to mention a few. And on a slightly larger scale, I’d probably like to work with Riky Rick and Costa Titch.
SYM: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be and why?
KM: Definitely Travis Scott if not Riky Rick‘s Cotton Fest. It’s not hard to tell that my style of performance is very much inspired by the two. It’s energy-based and may come off a bit unorthodox but I enjoy it and my fans do too. So that would probably be the pinnacle for me.
SYM: What is one message you would give to your fans?
KM: At this point, I’d tell them to surround themselves with people that believe in them so much that they have no other choice but to believe in themselves even more. Once you have that on lock. The rest just kind of starts falling into place.
SYM: Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
KM: All the time actually. My siblings are unfortunately at the receiving end of my trying voice. Marc Rebillet’s You and me is definitely my go to shower song.
SYM: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
KM: I’d probably be buried deep in my books, chasing that degree. Had to take a year off school. But I’m definitely planning on going back soon.
SYM: What is your favourite song to perform?
KM: Definitely Yo Vibe. That’s my all time favorite. Mostly because half of the time the crowd would actually perform it with me. Those moments are priceless.
SYM: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
KM: When I was about 11 years old. My cousin and I were playing with matches behind a government building which happened to be occupied by the founding father at the time. We mistakenly set some dry grass on fire. It spread into the estate and the rest is history. There were no damages though, luckily. Fire brigade got there just on time.
SYM: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
KM: I would probably make it more accommodating to different sounds and artists. And put more funds into it. It’s not hard to see that certain shifts in culture and ways of doing things can be beneficial for this industry.
SYM: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
KM: Someone once told me that you have to be mentally ready to receive your blessings so much that you live like you already have them, in-order to truly receive them. What’s yours will never miss you.