Interview – Kenny Fame
For the benefit of anyone who’s been living under a rock for the last ten years…who on earth are you?
I am Kenny Fame an “artist” out of NYC that has grown to dislike the term Pop Artist (of which I am usually defined) because I feel as though only artist that have the machine behind them & by the term machine I am referring to the overall music conglomerates, major label’s backing: MTV, iHeart, Clear Channel, Warner, Sony, etc you can not truly be a Pop Artist – “Pop music” isn’t a sound it’s a backing (support system).
How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?
I got started as a poet/spoken word artist; but again something that I have grown to dislike admitting to, because then people assume that since a guitar isn’t strapped around my neck, I must have been created in a cookie cutter factory that I walked into one sunny afternoon & was handed lyric sheets, & then as per a producer’s request a green button was pushed & I magically began to sing on cue; but once the red button got pushed, I was turned off & then I was sent on my merry little way; when in fact I wrote every song from beginning to end: lyrics, melody & chorus & the chord charts were created with me in the room in some cases but in other cases like with Another Man’s Woman & A Different Day I wrote all of the chords as well & I’ve always produced everything: video’s, music. I remix, edit, engineered several of my own song’s, I’ve directed, produced & edited my own video’s – pop singer’s don’t do that & they don’t have to; that’s why I am not a pop singer. I am a “singular sensation”; thank you very much Michael Bennett.
I drive me because I am amazed at my own fabulousness. There was never another artist quite like me & after me there will be none. I’m not saying that I am the greatest of all time but there is only one Freddie Mercury & there always will be. There is only one David Bowie. There is only one Kurt Cobain & there will only be one me: this Black country singing, Blues rattling, Dance music stomping, Funk making, Rocker – that defies any singular musical genre & then some. I don’t expect everybody to like what I do because we do live in a world that made Justin Beiber a star (go figure). People nowadays all sound exactly the same. Its as if one person is creating every beat. I turn on Power 105 & I throw up; its like really? Rap music hasn’t grown since the 90’s; at least was being forced fed as “music”. I feel sorry for the public because we once looked for originality – people now settle for carbon copies. Thank you very much Beyonce.
Are there any interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?
I was discovered by Madonna as a very young artist. I was in my teens & new to NYC. I was working as a go-go dancer by night & an artist model by day & Madonna came down to one of the clubs that I was performing. I was in a troupe back then & she wanted all of us to appear in a project that she was doing (video & publication work). The irony of the story is that she fired me before it even began, because I was so young & naive, that I didn’t have a phone to be reached at. I used to used my parent’s phone number; but in that case I was too terrified to give the club, my mother’s number out of fear that they might call my parent’s house & my mom would find out how I had been supporting myself in NYC (Oy Vey); long story short Denise (manager at the club) called every dancer on staff (or at least the ones that were in NYC at that very moment) and when I couldn’t be reached, I was chopped. It seemed that Madonna had this whole secret everything going on & we weren’t informed about when, where anything would take place until, it was taking place. I never signed the legendary confidentiality agreement, so one day I’ll tell more lol; but in a nutshell I walked away thinking if Madonna thought I was special & beautiful specimen I might add; maybe, just maybe it’s true. Thank you very much Madge.
Looking back, what have been the most important moments in your life so far?
Being born. Being Black & Being in NYC; and in that very order. Thank you very much.
How can we keep up to date with what you are up to?
I always tell people to Google me, yes Google Kenny Fame, thatís actually more accurate than any of my singular pages but please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud & everywhere else as well. Thank you very much to everybody that has followed thus far.