IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MO’REALE: Took my first breathe in Zweibrucken, Germany, so that’s where I spread my roots. Raised between and Rancho Cordova, CA and Fairfield, CA
K3Y: I’m a Bay Area native. I’m originally from the South San Francisco area, I was born and raised in Millbrae, CA, right in front of the SF airport.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MO’REALE: I’ve been writing poetry since as long as I can remember. Played Clarinet, Trumpet, and the Violin in my younger years of school. Eventually decided the next step was Music. So now I’m a Singer/ Songwriter, working on producing too.
K3Y: Well writing has always been in my blood since I could understand the English language and much the similar story for musical instruments as well. I always received microphones, guitars or drum kits throughout the years, but I never actually learned to play anything until 2002 when I took percussion lessons. From there my parents got me a drum set to practice on and I taught myself how to play. Which was much the same with the guitar around 2004, I adapt to sound very easily. If you can make noise with it, you can make music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MO’REALE: It really depends on the project, our mood, even the time of day. Singles tend to take or more party vibe, chill, something to really drive and move too, and our Albums touch the more serious aspects, self-empowerment, ambition, the struggle of becoming and artist, the family, our story etc. My personal projects, I stick to the message of Mo’Reale, my legacy, what I want to create with our music. I like to step out of genre boundaries and really show my songwriting versatility.
K3Y: Our songs are a reflection of our lives. We write purely from our heart and souls. The “topics” are a huge range of human emotion. Everything from bliss to frustrations to ambition, our songs are meant for people to find their own interpretation and connection with our art. We have songs that are going to get you amped for work, ready to get pumped up and really enjoy yourself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
MO’REALE: I’d have to say “Wet N Ready” or our newest track “Believe That”. Wet N Ready because it’s completely out our “usual” genre, being it’s an EDM/POP track, it constantly throws off the crowd, and really sells the personality of Mo’Reale N K3Y. “Believe That” really shows our chemistry and has to be one of my favorite songs of ours.
K3Y: One of my favorite songs to perform is “Against Every Odd.” It’s a real deep motivational and lyrical and it bleeds hustle in the beat. It has to be one of my favorites because it gives me the chance to really connect with my crowd on a real person level. I’m very interactive on stage as it is so when I get to recite those lyrics, those words of my emotions with other people.. it’s truly a surreal feeling.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
MO’REALE: I’d have to say the effect music has on some people. There’s nothing worth more then, receiving a random email from a fan, telling you how your music has turned their life around. It makes all the struggles that come with this industry worth it.
K3Y: The biggest surprise that I’ve come across is discovering the elements of self-sufficiency and independence. The music business is a tough industry. As artists we constantly put ourselves on the line and encounter rejection time in and time out, but it’s a make or break industry. You don’t succeed when you let things get the best of you and allow the odds to stack against you. My surprise in retrospect was becoming in sync with my confidence and my music. I didn’t allow room to think I never had enough. Following my heart with pursuing music allowed me to really reveal and be in touch with myself. That was the real shocker.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MO’REALE: I give a lot of credit to Troma Friddle, top 16# billboard artist, and currently running LOTVLOVE (Children’s Crisis Prevention Agency). She’s my first mentor and really helped me fine-tune my songwriting. Michael Jackson is definitely on the top of my list, with some old time greats, such as Ray Charles and Muddy Waters. 2 Pac and Biggie definitely close followers, and the majority of the Bay Area finest.
K3Y: Man my list could go on forever, but I’d say my first stem would have to be the Steve Miller Band. They were the first piece of music I owned. I got the best of Steve Miller on cassette and never stopped listening to it. But before I even found myself writing Hip Hop music, I always had a strong gravitation towards Notorious B.I.G. He was more than ahead of his time, and even now, almost 20 years later anytime one of his songs come on.. the people go crazy.. that’s love.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MO’REALE: Original, universal. If we could interact before they ever heard a song, I think they’d really understand it’s exactly that. I try to switch it up to keep my fans interested. Touch multiple genres, and even blend ones that normally wouldn’t work.
K3Y: If I had to pick one word, I would honestly just say different. I feel our music has the passionate twist that today’s music needs. People could tell us that our voice could maybe resemble someone else in a weird way, but our work we put out as a unit I feel has its own unique sound. Something that has to be heard to be translated.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MO’REALE: My versatility. I like to embody the word artist, and not a rapper or singer. You can play my music and here 6 different styles, genres, and sounds, in a matter of minutes.
K3Y: Everything about me. I guarantee, if you listen to my music and then go see what I look like after you’ve heard me, you’re going to be shocked. And I love it, I feed off of it. My stage presence is ridiculous. A stage is the yellow brick road of my dreams, so every chance I get to be on one it’s literally living my dreams. My delivery and lyrics are going to speak on their own, literally.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
MO’REALE: I would like to see the passion return. I feel like a lot of music is repetitive. Someone just saying the same thing in a different tone, with a different beat. The creativity is definitely missing. Music used to be an expression of emotion, not what car or clothes you bought today. It’s really come down to, do the fans really listen to the lyrics, or just the sound and tone along with the beat.
K3Y: Personally I would just like to see more positivity. I feel like the core of todays sound is a basis founded off of no real knowledge. I’m a music lover so I’m always down for new sounds, but music was the one thing I always had, and it was because of songs that reflected positivity and real day to day struggles I faced that made me who I am today. The power of music is just something so divine and I would just like to see artists not be afraid to empower others and the youth.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
MO’REALE: Well for the solo act, I just released the first part of a 3-part EP called Indecisive Phase.1: Decisions. Currently working on a project with a new upcoming German producer “Pima” and my first multi-genre album “The XrossOver.” Main focus is releasing my first album with K3Y “Living The Dream” and starting our next album coincide with our two upcoming singles, “No Patience” and “Believe That “.
K3Y: We have our first official album “Living The Dream” that’ll be coming to iTunes and all other online stores in April. In the mean time you can find some solo projects I’ve been doing. My first official single “Wobble!” is available online everywhere now and is perfect for the ladies to shake something too! But our next single “No Patience” will be the next piece of work following the album.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MO’REALE: In ten years, I would like to have a platinum record in at least 6 different genres, Mo’Reale N K3Y to be a household conversation, open a series of charity foundations around the world to help kids, who like me wanted to pursue something, but didn’t always have the means or knowledge to achieve that goal. A place where they can go and have a professional mentors and facilities. Music can be magical, saved me definitely.
K3Y: Overall my goal is to be pursued with music until the end of my days. I don’t have any type of awards that I’ve ever dreamt about, but really just the chance to make and play my music for people across the world. My goal is to give back to music what it has gave to me. But in 10 years I’d like to see myself accomplish a nation and world wide tour. I see myself in a position to spread the word of belief in yourself. I want to be the living example of what I preach.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MO’REALE: My fans can find me on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/moreale-1
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/moreale www.reverbnation.com/morealenkey
They can also search either: Mo’Reale or Mo’Reale N K3Y on ITunes, Amazon, or IHeart Radio.
K3Y: You can find us on iTunes, FaceBook, Reverb Nation, Amazon and all other online stores by searching for “Mo’Reale N K3Y.”
Get in touch with us on Instagram! @MoRealeNK3Y And my personal account @mk_k3Y
You can also find all my solo work online as well by just searching for K3Y.