As a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and teacher, Kurt turns his frustrations with his ex-girlfriend and social media into a Afrocentric song entitled Drama.
On a weekday night at Kingston Elite, Kurt caps off a recording session with a well known dancehall artiste. After a few minutes of unwinding, listening to some music on YouTube, he quickly hops back in the lab, turns on the keyboard and starts laying down an infectious drum and bass pattern sprinkled with some authentic West African percussion. Next Kurt attacked the melody line, piano and guitar phrases to compliment, voila 30 minutes later he's in the booth tracking his lead vocals.
Drama speaks to Kurt’s desire to make noise that is practical, addressing how technology has compounded the issues of jealousy, insecurity and infidelity.
Born in the small town of Mahoney, St. Andrew, Kurt grew up around gospel music; he played the keyboard at church. He later joined Mystikal Revolution who's debut album Divide & Rule featured artistes like Queen Ifrica, Sizzla, and Tarrus Riley. When playing keyboard wasn't cutting it, he sought out other avenues, music production was the next step.
Q. When and how did you first become interested in music?
Kurt: I became interested in music at an early age. I grew up in a musically inclined family and I started to play the piano at the age of 8.
Q. How long have you been playing music?
Kurt: 20 years.
Q. What are your musical influences?
Kurt: Kanye West and Vybz Kartel
Q. Does anyone in your family play music?
Kurt: Yes. My younger brother plays the drum set, my uncle plays the guitar and I have a cousin who plays the keyboard too.
Q. What kinds of times and places have you played music in your life?
Kurt: I have only done solo performance since I've been a recording artiste. I performed at a Curry Festival here in Jamaica last year.
Q. What else do you do besides play music?
Kurt: I enjoy sight seeing and attending parties.
Q. Why did you write or decide to play that song?
Kurt: I wrote Drama based off the realities of life and relationships. I was at the studio and the song just came to me. I built the beat then voiced it right away.
Q. What do you think that song is about?
Kurt:The song is about me cant dealing with the drama that some girls come with when they get caught up in their feelings.
Q. What is the feedback from the listeners so far?
Kurt: Well, the feedback has been great so far. There are fans that have told me they have the song on repeat and they find it therapeutic.
Q. Is there a music video for your single Drama as yet?
Kurt: Not as yet. A video is definitely in the pipeline though.
Q. What is special about that song?
Kurt: The fact that alot of people can relate to it makes it special to me.
Q. Do you have a favorite musical project that you've worked on?
Kurt: I honestly love all my productions equally. However I leave it to the fans and the music community to decide what they like.
Q. What can we expect from you in 2018?
Kurt: I'm currently working on my EP and I'll be releasing it in a few months time. Apart from that, we here at Kingston Elite will be dropping songs left, right and centre from different artistes such as Tommy Lee Sparta, Jah Vinci, Dexta Daps, Laden just to name a few...