Atlanta is very well known for breeding musical talent. Nowadays, most new up and coming artists are from the beautiful city of Atlanta, GA. But in relations to music, Atlanta is mostly correlated with Hip-Hop and Trap music. If we only scrape the surface of Atlanta’s musical atmosphere you’ll seem to miss one of Atlanta’s newest young talent, KISS Avery, an alternative Pop & R&B Vocalist born and raised in Atlanta, Ga.
The young vocalist, KISS Avery has been around music all his life. While he grew up with a classical background in his earlier years, he has been producing original content since summer of 2015. From then on, the artist began to really dive into his music and vocal prowess. The growth has been immense. He went through a name change where he used to be called, “THEDOUBLEXXX”, but decided KISS Avery is an accurate representation of himself and his mother.
TUC Magazine met with KISS Avery at a Music Makes Me Happy showcase performance. The artist had the chance to perform his music in front of a live audience and his vibe transcended through the room. His unique sense of style along with his angelic voice made him stand out from the jump. He explained he fell in love with the music and performing at his high school’s talent show.
In our interview with KISS Avery, he spoke with us about his love and relationship with music, his inspirations, who he’d love to work with in the near future and what he has in store for us in 2018. Be sure to also check out his music on all streaming services including SoundCloud.
Check out our latest interview with Atlanta artist, KISS Avery:
Paulette: When did you first begin making music?
KISS Avery: I started making my own music in May of 2015 when I released my first record called “Rider” which is hiding somewhere on my Soundcloud.
Paulette: How did you get your name as “Kiss Avery”?
KISS Avery: It was the summer of 2016 going into the fall, and at the time I went by a different name known as “THEDOUBLEXX” and I didn’t think it was a name that would be able to be marketed easily. So the KISS originated from my mother where everything I am originated from. It represents my mother’s kiss and also her love. My mother is honestly how I started making music in the first place because I had no drive or ambition at first when I was a little kid, just had raw talent. Avery comes from my middle name. I was once embarrassed of my middle name because I knew too many girls by the same and thought it was a girl’s name all together. I ended up using it to keep my own identity and represent the sensitive side that truly exists within me and if people think it’s a girl’s name well then I have best of both worlds that can co-exist.
Paulette: Who inspired you to create music?
KISS Avery: My mom would have to be the one that inspired me to make music because when I was young and of course when we’re young we have no sense of direction so my mom lead me in the direction of turning me into one of the greatest musicians in the universe.
Paulette: Describe your process in creating music? Do you have a certain ritual or practice before going to the studio?
KISS Avery: So whenever I make music I do have a little ritual that I conduct before making music but just depends on how much time I have. So before I start, and you can ask my producer CAIN who has been making all my beats since the end of the 2017 when I released “Carrie On” for confirmation, I usually watch cartoons. Looney Tunes and Tex Avery cartoons are my favorite because how can something so old be so funny. Other times I start off by listening to my favorite kind of music Hip Hop/Rap. At one moment and time before I begin my sessions I would have a jam session that would include listening to rappers like 21 Savage, Young Thug, Migos, to pick up the energy levels in the room because I believe everything is energy. Then soon after I would start the project with a freestyle. I freestyle all my songs which includes every thing that has been published so far and will continue to count.
Paulette: What do you remember being your very first memory or connection with music?
KISS Avery: My first connection and most memorable moment I made with music that has stuck with me ever since was when I performed at a talent show dedicated to one of my best friends in high school who moved away at the time. I never was able to confess how much I loved the girl so I sang “She’s Out Of My Life” by Michael Jackson for the crowd which was one of the most vulnerable and mixed emotion moments in my entire life. But it has stuck with me ever since and the crowd reaction after my performance was confirmation that music is what I was meant to do.
Paulette: Who is someone you may idolize or look up to?
KISS Avery: There’s so many to choose from, but I really look up to Will Smith. He’s literally my second dad. From watching him on Fresh Prince, hearing him on the radio, watching his movies, he can do anything. His mind is so positive and powerful and ideals vibrate within me so much!
Paulette: So far, what has been your biggest accomplishment?
KISS Avery: So far getting out of my depression stage as a human being would be my greatest accomplishment. Depression and anxiety is no joke and you know it’s not when you have been through it or still go through it. Love goes out to everyone who still goes through the troubled times.
Paulette: What has been your favorite project or song you’ve collaborated with?
KISS Avery: My favorite would have to be this unreleased track that I’m planning to have a BIG release for this summer. So keep both eyes open for it!
Paulette: How were you able to market yourself as an artist in Atlanta with all this new music going on right now?
KISS Avery: I pushed through the masses with my diverse look and sound. As many artists and musicians there are in Atlanta and in the world in general I believe no matter what there is room for us all. It’s all about timing.
Paulette: What artist would you like to collaborate with?
KISS Avery: If I could I would collab with Ariana Grande! She’s so beautiful and so talented and a couple of my fans messaged me on one of my releases that they would like to see that happen as well!
Paulette: Where do you see yourself in 5 years with music?
KISS Avery: In the next 5 years, I see myself in the studio somewhere making more amazing music for my fans and the world to enjoy!
Paulette: Do you have any big projects coming out soon?
KISS Avery: A big single coming for summer time, no exact release date so be ready for it!
Make sure to check back with us to follow KISS Avery’s latest projects and what he has in store for his fans in 2018.