Nowadays, seeing a young boy combine loops on a computer to make songs isn’t all that uncommon but back in 2001, it certainly wasn’t normal. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, an eleven-year-old Kevin Ramberran would sit at his computer and try to make instrumental songs using a program given to him by a producer/rapper in his neighborhood. As rudimentary as the products of this experimentation were, the construction of these instrumental pieces were the first pieces of a very complex puzzle that would eventually form a modern day artist.
Though tinkering with musical software had always been a small hobby of Kevin’s, he also enjoyed writing and recording silly songs. These comedic musical endeavors were made mainly for the entertainment of his friends but as Kevin got older, he began to take them more seriously. Kevin’s early piano lessons began to pay off as he started to compose instrumentals instead of simply using loops. Kevin began working with two other friends on creating comedic music. Kevin would produce the tracks and soon became the main writing force behind the trio.
After high school Kevin found himself heavily involved in the theatrical arts. Little did Kevin know that this newfound hobby would be such an asset to his musical tendencies. He was eventually commissioned to compose music for a play that he was acting in. This was the first professional musical project Kevin had done and it went exceptionally smoothly. Kevin was then commissioned by a theatrical festival to do sound and music work and once again and was suddenly finding sound design work throughout the city.
As his confidence grew in his abilities he began to look online for remix competitions. In 2010, he spotted the opportunity to remix a song with Snoop Dogg and KiD CuDi entitled "That Tree". As the remix called for a second verse to be replaced by either instrumental or vocal accompaniment, Kevin was in a dilemma. He wasn’t confident enough in his compositional ability to make a noteworthy instrumental accompaniment to fill an entire verse. He decided to put his lyrical skills to the test by writing and recording his first serious verse ever. The remix would go on to only place around 600 among 1500 competitors but it was the first recording to feature KayR.
KayR began to be Kevin’s main musical focus and he quickly produced and recorded his first full song. The song was called Skyline Mirages and spawned the creation of his first mixtape, entitled Crash Landing.
KayR became a well known name among the online hip-hop community based around the forums of the production website Shadowville.com. The community assisted Kevin in honing his skills as an emcee and producer.
KayR has released 13 mixtapes since he began rapping in 2010 and has written, recorded, produced or been featured on over 350 songs.
Whilst also completing a B.A. and pursuing an M.A. as well as working as an actor, director, playwright, sound designer, and theatrical producer Kevin ‘KayR’ Ramberran managed to complete his first professional album. Skyline Mirages is out now.
KayR turned his sights towards a bigger project. After sharing the stage with artists such as Juicy J and Hopsin, he began work on his next endeavor. The second album from KayR, titled Comedy, boasted an impressive feature list for an independent sophomore album. Jon Connor (2014 XXL Freshman), BJ The Chicago Kid, Asaad, A$ton Matthews, Bill and others have lent their talents to the project. Grabbing the attention of the hip-hop scene, KayR focused on creating an album that hits harder than his debut and is even more fun to perform. Comedy is out now.
As he finished his Masters degree, KayR's life took a busy turn and music slowly shifted down his priority list. KayR began honing his skills as a DJ, playing in Winnipeg and embarking on a tour of the West Coast. As the DJing world has opened up, so have more opportunities musically and as 2016 draws to close, KayR has returned to the microphone in a big way.