We had the good fortune of connecting with Krimzon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krimzon, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
The end goal is to become a professional rapper. Right now, it’s just a side hustle but I take it pretty seriously. I am actively creating and promoting new music all the time. I perform regularly at local clubs and open mics. I have over 200,000 streams on Spotify and have a new album coming out in the Spring. Many of the featured artists on my songs are recognizable names. By the end of my career I’d like to say I’ve positively impacted the world by being one of the most influential and inspiring rappers of all time. It’s a long road getting there, I know, but I look forward to growing as an artist every single day and dropping new music in the near future.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is simply rap music – I put a ton of hours in honing and mastering my craft. There are so many things that go into making music: beat selection, writing, recording, re-recording, mixing, mastering, promotion, and performance. It has taken me years to perfect my sound and know when I can do better. I’ve also matured a lot as an artist: I started years ago rapping about partying and girls but now I tend to focus on storytelling either about my own life, politics, or the world in general.
There have been many challenges along the way. I think the biggest one was getting people to believe in me. It took me a long time to show casual fans that I was a legitimate rapper that cared about the music rather than just another white kid making stoner or party rap. That is probably the number 1 thing I want people to know is that I take this very seriously and every word I write and perform means something. Whether the words I write makes you laugh, feel good, be inspired, or think about the world differently, I have carefully thought and recorded them a certain way to impact you the most.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Phoenix, it would be Camelback Mountain, a Diamondbacks game, great restaurants in Scottsdale, and some of the clubs I used to frequent.
In San Francisco, where I live now, there are so many to choose from: the Golden Gate bridge, Golden Gate park, Kaiyo restaurant in the Marina, The Fillmore performance venue, the Lyon St. steps, hiking in the Presidio, live music in North Beach (bars like Tupelo and Maggie McGarry’s), house music in SoMa, dive bars in the Mission, a run on the Embarcadero, day drinking at Fort Mason, a Warriors game (it is still Go Suns though), hiking in Marin or Muir Woods, a weekend on the lake in Tahoe, and one wild night in the Marina.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Eddy Momanyi (DJ Edmasterfunk). Eddy was my DJ in college and also one of my best friends. Whatever I wanted to do during a show he was always down and supportive. We would create setlists and transitions together and the show would turn out great.
DJ Pause. DJ Pause is my recording studio engineer and has helped me craft my sound over the last four years. He brings out the best in me. He is always honest with me if he knows I can do better. He also has a great ear for mixing so my songs always turn out well-balanced and crisp. Last but definitely not least, DJ Pause has set me up with many other talented artists to work with in the Bay Area.