IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: Muskegon, Michigan
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: I have opened up concerts and performed live in arenas with an audience of 20, 000 + for artists such as: Rick Ross, Jeezy, Mc Breed, Lil Scrappy Lil Flip, Crime Mob, and Machine Gun Kelly. I have collaborated on tracks with MC Breed before his passing. I put out my first project when was I was in a group called Pharmacy Co mission. The project was titled “Weighing the Odds”. I was also on a compilation “Fist full of Dollars”. My solo debut as Gingerbreadman was titled “Catch me if You Can”. I then put out my first mixtape called “The Bread Winner”. I took the focus off of dropping albums and started performing my single “The Storm”. It received over 10,000 views on youtube. I took a different approach from the usual arena performances. I pushed the single in Traverse City, and all through different schools including Grand Rapids schools, Lansing schools, Jackson and my hometown Muskegon of course. Yes I did all that with that one song. I then dropped “The World Ain’t Ready”. This album showed how versatile my style could be. This album had artists off my label featured. Then I took a different approach after that and decided to do a mixtape and change my name to Koteeva Kavalli I dropped Blue Franklins, which became the heart of the city. I had major support from my community. I really wanted to achieve a new sound and reinvent myself by experimenting with different types of music that took me out of my comfort zone
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: I want to make a living and support my family. I want my fans to know that I am a versatile crowd pleaser. I can not be put in a box. I want people to know hard work pays off and I am determined to be successful. I’m ready because I’m a seasonal artist. I could come out every quarter if needed. I have an endless work ethic in the studio and a fresh sound. I have over 200 songs. I also write R&B and hip-hop, plus I can write on any level commercials, snippets, it doesn’t matter.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: My songs are about street motivation. I create inspirational money-making, club anthem music. For example the song that I recently wrote “No Rainbows Sunshine or Butterflys” reflects real life situation and people can relate in my community. I tell the truth so people can see authenticity. The song “Hold me Baby” is a club banger, thug love song that couples can kick it and enjoy themselves together.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: That’s where I’m different. I’m a unique artist that appeals to all ages and genders that appreciate rap music, country, mainstream, pop, R&B of course.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: Tupac, Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, Jeezy, Mc Breed, Rick Ross, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Scarface, Beanie Sigel, and also both my parents have influenced me
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: My music is different, left field, unorthodox, and stylish. My music is a new breath of fresh air. My music is creative, outside the box gangsta rap, auto tune, street music, and realistic.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: I transitioned from my gimmick Ginger Bread Man. People can easily identify me as that name. The theme “Catch me if you can. It’s hard to catch me while I’m Chasing my Dreams.” I produce for others and produce my own music. I sing too. I am a ghost-writer. I also am the 1st rapper to come into the industry with two different styles with to different names Koteeva Kavalli. You getting two for the price of one. I also am an actor. I have more ad-libs than any other rapper.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: My next projects are Blue Franklins Cuban Cigar Music and Blue Franklins Vol2. Blue Magic/Kavalli’s World . What’s so special about Kavalli’s World is that you can be what you want to be. Be you, be different. It doesn’t matter what race you are, you are still respected in Kavalli World. I love everybody. It’s a blue opportunity, I’ll help anybody
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: I want to be an entrepreneur with several artists on my label. I already have over 15 artists. I have artists from the age of 10 all the way to 60. They sing, rap, and act. Whatever you need, we do. I’m trying to give Michigan a new sound and my family a new life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
KOTEEVA KAVALLI: Through social media ReverbNation, YouTube, lfmfilms Mixtape.com, CD Baby, ITunes, SoundCloud, Amazon, and more. All you have to do is type Koteeva Kavalli or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s make money and act funny
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