Kota The Friend with Lackhoney and Caprice
The High Watt
Fri, Aug 16 8:00 pm
Kota The Friend: KOTA The Friend is an artist from the downtown section of Brooklyn, New York. At a young age, he was exposed to hip hop, R & B, Jazz and Soul music during the infamous 90's era. By the time young KOTA was 8 years old he joined his school's music program and excelled as a trumpet player. In high school, KOTA was the leader of the trumpet section while teaching himself to play the guitar and piano. During this time he also picked up two weekend jobs to build a home studio where he would record hip hop tracks as well as folk songs that were accompanied by his guitar playing. Lackhoney: Growing up with Indian and Pakistani parents meant young Aly “Lackhoney” Lakhani heard more Bollywood hits and Muslim spiritual music than hip-hop. But when he first heard artists like Audio Push in middle school, his world changed. “I spent hours studying their videos, stage presence, and radio freestyles,” Lackhoney says. Though he was just a fan at the time, those early binge sessions laid the groundwork for Lackhoney’s own artistry. Before long, Lackhoney was producing songs in Garage Band with ripped instrumentals from YouTube videos and a borrowed microphone. He slowly taught himself production techniques on the Internet — a skill he soon expanded when he enrolled at Nashville’s famed Vanderbilt University, where he met frequent collaborators Curt and Lucy DK.