Thursday, December 18
Center Stage Artist - Kenny Kohlhaas
Kenny Kohlhaas has been singing, playing guitar and writing music since he was twelve years old, and playing in bands since he was fourteen.
He grew up on classic and alternative rock, devoting his artistic talent to those artists who have maintained a timeless presence in the world of music, such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Michael Jackson.
Kenny has also studied the rock, blues, and jazz guitar playing styles of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and George Benson. Kohlhaas has toured all over the world as guitarist for BeBe and CeCe Winans, and he is now coming back to his roots as a singer, songwriter, bandleader and recording artist, releasing his debut solo full length album.
Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
Music that draws its influences from the great, timeless artists of the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's presented in a pop medium relevant to 2014 and beyond.
What inspires you to make music?
Life. God. Love. Pain. Joy. Hope. Trust.
What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?
The fantastic musicians that surround me, the endless possibilities present with modern technology, and the wide variety of musical expression that the music industry holds in 2014.
What aspect of making music gets you the most discouraged?
It takes a lot of energy, consistency and self discipline. You have to work that writing muscle every day if you want to be great at it. Some days I just feel like watching Netflix. Pushing through the days where I'm creatively dry to get to those inspired moments is tough at times.
What's one of your all-time favorite recordings?
Beatles - Let it Be, Naked (the whole album)
Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead.
Paul McCartney - one of the most prolific and timeless musical presences in the last 50 years. Still packing out arenas at 70 years old.
Jimi Hendrix - a huge influence on my guitar playing when I started out.
Steely Dan - I know it's not one person, but their musical sophistication, with jazz harmony and complexity that the student of Jazz will appreciate, but is still aesthetically appealing to the untrained ear.
Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? Tell us about it.
I released an album in 2013.
I will be releasing another in the next year.
What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
The ability to get my music out to potential new fans
Instagram and Twitter: @kennyksound
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