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Conversations with Kuvo Beatz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kuvo Beatz.

Hi Kuvo, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m a music producer/artist from Memphis, TN. I’m a part of 327TheLabel and I’m 23 years old. I come from a family full of music and talent. My mom was a dancer in high school, my grandmother played the clarinet in high school, my grandad was a singer, my uncle played cymbals, my oldest brother played trumpet and my sister was a majorette in elementary.

Before I started making music, I used to dance. I danced for groups called “Sub-Roy”, “Mtown Image”, and TakeOver Dance Krew. It kept me out of trouble for a while. Something I wanted to do on my off time.

I started singing and making beats at the age of 12. My oldest brother (Soulaykami) used to make beats in my room on this DAW called “FL Studio”. I watched him for a week before I wanted to try it out myself. He taught me how to record on FL studio as well. I recorded my first song with him, called “Living Da Gud Life” and it was great.

From that day forward, my brother would give me pointers on how to better my craft. I ran with his pointers for a while until two of my closest family members (JAMadeThis and SK) called me up one night and wanted me to be a part of their producer team (327Productions). We sat at my bro JA’s house for 6 months straight just making beats every day from sun up till the next morning. We put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this. Literally. Alot of inspiration came from them as well.

I didn’t start putting my music out until 2020 going into 2021. I dropped my first song “Lonely” in December of 2021. I got to where I am now because of the hard work I put in and also the motivation from my family. Everybody that you see around me, played a major factor in where I am now.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Honestly, I had a rough upcoming. As a kid, my mother struggled to keep the lights on. We went years without water, lights, and heat (AC). We used to go to an old neighbor’s home across from us to get water just to eat, drink, and take a bath. Roman noodles were our breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.

I used to get bullied in school because I danced and sing. Making beats was kind of my way of not getting bullied, but it didn’t help as much. I got teased and called a “Michael Blackson version of Chris Brown”. That wasn’t nice.

Being a music producer/artist came with obstacles as well. You have to make sure your style is unique. I had to figure out what separated me from other artists/producers out there? I didn’t have the funds to purchase my own laptop at first. I didn’t have my own equipment or my own studio. I didn’t have a SoundCloud, BeatStars, NOTHING. Sometimes I would record songs on GarageBand off of my iPhone SE because I couldn’t afford studio time.

I have seen and been in some traumatizing situations like shootouts, and seeing people get shot. The most traumatizing thing was losing my Grandfather. He was my biggest inspiration when it came to music (R.i.p George Dorsey). He was a singer himself. That’s where I get my vocals from (sorry mom). He passed away in 2014. When he passed, it scarred me for life because he was my role model.

He was my safe haven when I was down and out. He was my hero/guardian angel. He used to dance and sing in my grandmother’s living room all the time when I was a kid. He’s the reason I started singing.

But overall, I had a rough upbringing. It’s alot more, but I’ll save some for another time.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a music producer/artist. I’m mostly known for making beats and dancing. I wasn’t too proud to just sing in front of folks because again I was bullied for it.

I’m most proud of the fact that I put out a music video. I was afraid to do it because I didn’t think people would like it. I’m very camera shy, but being with 327TheLabel brought me out of that shell. I’m also proud of the amount of songs I have in my arsenal that are coming out soon.

What sets me apart from others, my music is very authentic. There aren’t many artists in Memphis with the style that I have. I’m versatile, and I can do multiple genres of music.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
Man!!! So many people have helped me on this road that deserves credit.

As for Making Beats: I wanna thank my brothers (SoulayKami and JAMadeThis) and my uncle (SKondaBeat). They molded me into the producer I am today. Alot of the skills and creativity I have wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.

Also, I wanna thank my band directors (Michael Cowans and James Thomas) and my Percussion Instructors (Tre “Pops” Moore, Qyshawn Davis, and Darrius Swain) for giving me ideas and opportunities with my music production. Lastly, I wanna thank Darrius Scott and YS Tracks for also pushing me and giving me pointers on making beats as well. Great producers!!!!

Making Songs: I thank my Grandad, my Mom, my 327 families, my girlfriend, and my supporters. I stopped singing at first because I didn’t think it was for me. But, these people that I named, stayed with me about making Songs and continued to let me know that I have great music and the potential to become one of the best Artists ever.

Dancing: I thank my brother SoulayKami, my mom, my sister, Mtown Image, NBE, and Takeover Dance Krew. When I was dancing, these guys supported me through everything. I’ve been to workshops, World of Dance, Showtime at the Apollo, National Dance Institute, and many more great things from these organizations. I’m always thankful for those opportunities.


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