We recently linked up with LA based artist Koache to get some fresh insight into his life in general. He treats us on how he keeps the grinding the indie way amongst other facts most of us are not privy to till now. Sit back and enjoy the chat below.
For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past several years…who on earth are you?
My Name is Koache and I am a HipHop/R&B Artist. I grew up in several areas of greater Los Angeles such as Watts, Inglewood, Compton, and Paramount.
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I first developed an interest in writing music and started dabbling in it between ’92 and ’93, right around the time Dr Dre & Snoop came out with The Chronic and Doggy Style. Going through major life experiences (both good & bad), and having music as an outlet to be creative and translate what’s going on in my life is what drives me to keep pushing. I am blessed to have the convenience of going into my in-home “real deal” recording studio at any given moment to create, and bring more music to life for my fans.
Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?
Yes, It was a song titled “Drop 3 Tears” that I recorded over the Keith sweat instrumental “How Deep is your Love.” I created and dedicated the song to my grandmother who, at that time, was transitioning onto the next life.
If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?
I think one of the strangest things is that most of my dopest and favorite songs that I’ve written have came to me while sitting on the toilet. I don’t know what it is, but lyrics just flow through my mind whenever I’m in that zone (lol).
Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
I’m not only an Artist, I am also a businessman and entrepreneur. My wife and I own and run three successful businesses which is the source that enables me to invest into our record label, Lotzah Ent.. To not only to release my music but to both work with, and develop, new artists without having to deal with all of the shadiness in the industry is incredibly refreshing.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
The greatest thing is having a platform to express myself to the world through my music, and to be able to deliver powerful messages when needed in hopes that it helps someone, somewhere. If I could change at least one thing, I would bring back the great ’90s music that made sense and just felt good.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
The most pivotal and traumatic moment of my life was being hit by a garbage truck at eight years old and being told that I would never walk again, but still managed to defy the odds, overcome that tragedy, and live to talk about it.
What have been the biggest highlights?
Meeting DJ Quik and Ice-T back in the day when I first started, and being able to spend time with them at their homes and studios, and learn from them at close range.
What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge has been trying to make it in this entertainment business, but not having the resources or funds to make my dream come true at the beginning of my career. This ultimately led to settling and having to deal with individuals with money and connects, but not my best interests at heart. I overcame it by getting out and grinding for myself, and lots of networking.
Who are your heroes? My Wife
Why do they rock your world? She was there when I had nothing, and dealt with it. And most importantly she keeps me on point with everything and never lets me go out looking or sounding like a fool.
Who have been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?
I would have to say running into fans that I didn’t even know I had, and them praising me and telling me how much they love and appreciate me and my music. At one point, I was almost ready to throw in the towel because I was not seeing the results I wanted from all of the hard work, but then those faithful fans come along and remind me how much they enjoy listening to my music and that’s what motivates me to keep going.
When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?
Major success, recognition and awards in the music business, and being able to sit back in my rocking chair and hear my songs still playing on the radio, with my videos playing on TV.
What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Performing at South by South West and meeting so many other different artists with talent and passion for their craft—so much that It made me want to go back and switch up my style a little bit.
What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?
I haven’t had any strange celebrity encounters as of yet.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Dr Dre, Tupac & Snoop and I would serve Tacos and Hennessy (lol).
What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?
• My greatest song is “Love & Happiness” by Al Greene;
• My favorite albums are Snoop Dogg’s Doggy Style and Tupac’s All Eyes on Me
• My favorite book is “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s All Small Stuff
• My favorite movies are Boys ‘n The Hood” and Menace to Society
• My favorite TV shows are Good times and Different Strokes
• My favorite website is: www.Koache.com (plug lol)
Name 5 songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player.
1: DJ Khalid (feat. Drake) – “For Free”
2: Arrested Development – “People Everyday”
3: 2Pac – “Only God Can Judge Me”
4: Snoop Dogg (feat. Nate Dogg & Kurupt) – “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)”
5: Zapp & Roger – “Computer Love”
What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?
I have great intuition that has helped me get out of some nasty situations before they came into being.
Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamkoache
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamkoache
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamkoache
Any final thoughts?
Thanks for taking the time to Interview me. May peace and blessings be with you at all times.