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Today we got a chance to sit down with Bongani Gaone Sehunelo, better known as Kevin Gani, an international multi-genre music producer, sound designer, and composer, currently based between Kansas City & London. Both the fans and we are curious about his music and entrepreneurial journey. Kevin’s recent works include executive production on Bugzy Malone’s highly anticipated album “The Resurrection” which spent 3 weeks in the U.K Official Charts, having recently worked with talents including Chip, M Huncho, Not3s, executively producing Kenny Allstar’s debut album “Block Diaries” and more.
What’s it like growing up for you? What lessons did you learn from your childhood?
Due to the nature of my father’s work, we traveled a lot, based on where he would be transferred to. The majority of my childhood was spent between Missouri, Johannesburg, Botswana, and Nizhny Novgorod Russia (just to name a few). The constant moving really gave me the ability to adapt to different cultures and thrive in them, moreover, I feel like I matured much faster than I probably would have if I just lived in one place my whole life. Growing up this way, likewise, made me very self-conscious at an early age, I always felt different from all the kids around me and constantly felt misunderstood, mainly because nobody around me could truly relate to my life.
What was your first real job and what did it teach you?
My first real job was working as a Project manager for the Science and Technology Research Council, it definitely opened my mind, making me even more curious about the planet and more importantly, the ever-growing technology-driven culture that the human race is currently thriving in. It made me question the status quo, heightening my inquisitive nature, which, in hindsight, are personal characteristics that have certainly guided my life choices heavily to this day.
What was the problem you set out to solve when you started your music venture?
My decision to start my music venture was not ever the result of an issue that needs solving as your question suggests, it was about taking a leap, following a lifelong passion for music creation… and growing up with the love for music production is most probably the gas that fuelled my decision to embark on this creative journey that I now thrive in.
What was your biggest challenge when starting your business?
Learning how to use a digital audio workstation! I started using FL studio when I lived in Russia, and I was lucky to have a close friend that used the same software and could teach me how to get the most out of it. The second biggest challenge was learning how to structure beats/instrumentals, this skill definitely took me to the next level, and soon managed to actually get artists to sing/rap on my beats… this made me love the process of creation, even more, leading to the obsession with perfecting my craft.
What has been your biggest success or failure in recent memory? How did that make you feel?
My biggest success so far is being one of the exec producers on Bugzy Malone’s latest album “The Resurrection”. I have always loved collaborating with other producers, this has provided vast opportunities to grow musically and work with even more creatives in general across the globe.
What are you most excited about for your company in the next few years?
I am most excited about growth as a music producer, eventually releasing my own music featuring artists I currently work closely with, moreover, expanding my industry reach and influence within the music scene.
In what ways do you give back to the community? Why is it important for you?
I always try to help the upcoming producers in less fortunate positions, who actually reach out to me for advice or general guidance regarding starting off their music production careers. The reason this is so important to me is that something I would have loved to have when I started… it really took me a long time to connect the dots on the does and don’ts when starting out, general studio session etiquette, and so forth. It only takes a moment for me to share my personal experiences, which may just be what that young producer needs to hear and understand to really take their grind to the next level and actually thrive in the music industry.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
What is the best way for others to learn more about you and your company?
They can follow me on Instagram @Kevingani or Twitter @KevinGaniMusic,on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/IamKevinGani), I also have an official website www.kevingani.com where they can join my email list for the latest updates.
Thanks, Kevin for making time in your busy schedule and sharing your inspiring story with us. There you have it, music lovers and fellow entrepreneurs. The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately. What we admire the most about Kevin is his resilience, creativity, and his hustle!