Toronto, ON-based artist, Kinkade released his debut EP, Risk It For The Biscuit in January, and has since then, released a video for his single, “POWER”. The EP is a collaboration between Kinkade and CHERRY BLU, and features four tracks that seamlessly blend into one another, creating an unforgettable experience for the listener, as they are transported back to the future.
“I know 2021 is going to be a life-changing year for me as an artist; I can feel it in every fiber of my being,” says Kinkade. “This project is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for the evolution and enjoy the journey.”
Check out “POWER” below, and find out more about Kinkade via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi Canadian Beats readers 🙂 As you’ve probably gleaned from the headline of this article, my name is Kinkade! I’m a passionate, charismatic, go-getter who values love above all else. Although I was born and raised in Toronto, I’ve been coined “Kinkade Global” by those close to me because I honestly feel connected to everything and everyone. I made my musical debut in eleventh-grade band class where I played the tenor saxophone but quickly made the transition to rapping in the hallways. Simply put, what you see is what you get; I live and create by the principles of sharing and giving freely and am a multi-faceted artist looking to add colour to the world. Hope y’all enjoy my music as much as I enjoy making it!!
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style?
I do what feels right and my creative process is always changing. Sometimes I go in with a headspace where I know what I want, and other times its just in-the-moment self-expression. My lyrics are the canvas of my soul. My music is raw and uncut, and it’s meant to make you question it and everything else. My sound is for the streets, and my style of writing comes from freestyling and fiction stories. I let my mind flow, and if the vibe is right my body follows.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
I don’t view the Pandemic as a grip upon my creativity at all – actually, in fact, quite the opposite. It’s certainly been a challenge, but as an artist, I have found powering through the process of obstacles can be the most rewarding. The lockdown has pushed me to connect and network in new and inventive ways and has revitalized these rusty hands-on guitars! Music is what makes my heart the happiest, and I’ll never let a little thing like lockdown stifle my creativity. I do miss performing live and being able to participate in open mic nights though – can’t wait to get back on stage!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
“TIMING,” it transports you back to the mid-’90s, bringing your inner child to life with playful and positive vibes. Written with the concept that everything has perfect timing; the track is my way of expressing that, even though life is full of highs and lows, it’s important to believe in yourself and not let where you’re from or who you’re with define you. It’s important to acknowledge the strength and courage it takes to put yourself out there and make a difference. The song was produced and performed by myself and features Ridah Kadabra, who has played a significant role in my musical journey. Good friends and good times really make the song what it is. Overall the track evokes a feeling of a brighter future for all who listen!
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
There is a long list in my heart of super talented and amazing Canadians that I look up to and vibe with. The world really ain’t ready for what’s been cooking. My favourite artist from Canada who inspired me as a kid was k-os; right now, I’m really into CHERRY BLU and Tobi. LOONY is also an exceptionally talented artist that not only brings an underground feel but also something strong enough to break the surface.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.