We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Kalil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I think it’s important for all people to understand that we all face adversity even if we have different struggles from one another. Music unifies everyone and positively affects the way we progress in society. Having a impact on people allows us to see what we can do despite the obstacles we will face.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to the USA when I was six. From there, I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. I made a lot of friends as soon I moved there because I took an interest in sports like basketball and football. I always listened to rap from a young age and use to freestyle with my friends for fun. As I got older, I dealt with an issue that changed the way I live my life and my mentality. I was diagnosed with a rare condition called FA which affects walking and I had to start using a wheelchair. I never got discouraged by that though and decided to put everything into music because I had nothing to lose and was more into hip hop than anything else. So I put in the years of work that nobody saw and it finally paid off when I started touring, playing shows, and releasing projects. As the years passed I naturally became more skilled as an emcee, recording artist, and songwriter. I try to inspire people with hope that is often needed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hiking is a big thing in Phoenix because of the mountains and beautiful sunsets. Everyone also has pools in Phoenix so there’s a high demand for that. If I’m taking someone for drinks or a fancy dinner, Scottsdale is the place for that.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me especially the people that constantly reach out. As far as producing/ engineering, I would like to shoutout Trill Dyll and Beau Horyza. They both have their own businesses, but I consider them family since we grew up together.
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