PAW:Your music, while obviously guitar-based, involves a lot of percussive elements. How have you developed your unique style over the years?
KK: I've been the only person on stage a lot of the years, so I've developed techniques that help fill in whatever the ear thinks is missing.
PAW: Are there any stereotypes or misconceptions you've had to fight against as a guitar player, composer and/or artist?
KK: Misconceptions are a result of stereotypes, and I've definitely had to fight that a lot. Mostly it's when I show up with a guitar case, an acoustic guitar no less, and I'm given no respect until I start playing, and then whatever sound person or crew member I'm dealing with suddenly has my attention and takes me seriously. The problem is that I should be taken seriously no matter what. Everyone should.
PAW: Who are a few of your own musical heroes?
KK: I like Nick Drake and PJ Harvey. Anyone who is British and inscrutable gets a check in my book. I gravitate toward Russian composers — Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, etc. These days, I listen to Lizzo really really loudly and hope my kids don't pick up too many curse words.
PAW: When composing instrumentals, how does the piece serve to express your thoughts and feelings, to act as your "voice," as it were?
KK: My songs aren't meant to mean anything. They often come from a place of inspiration for me personally, but just as often they come from seemingly nowhere. I'm not trying to get any meaning across. I just hope that people like to listen to them and maybe the song will knock something loose in their brain that was holding them back.
PAW: What has surprised you over the course of your career thus far?
KK: It's a miracle that people will still pay money and drive in a car to see a music show. Just think about how many choices people have now, and when they choose that, it's really an unbelievable honor.
PAW: What can audiences at your Community School of Music and Arts show expect from that specific performance?
KK: I'll be doing a more traditional solo guitar setup. A lot of things from my catalogue from over the years. Hits that date all the way back to the 90s! But I'm going to add some interesting effects and ways of controlling those effects to see how the guitar reacts. It will sound lovely and I hope everyone has a good time.
More information is available at kakiking.com and arts4all.org.
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