Kadence “The East side Drummer” grew up in OKC. At the tender age of 16 he was captivated by the Hip Hop culture leading him to have his own studio where he would produce music for local artist. From there his journey took off working with the Christian Hip Hop Group, Exodus Movement. In his 10 years of working with the Exodus Movement, Kadence found his niche in producing, emceeing and engineering. They put out five albums and two mix tapes, all of which Kadence was the lead producer and engineer on.
In 2008 he produced the track "Go Hard" for Grammy Award winner Lecrae, earning himself his first Dove award nomination. In 2010 he felt led to go out on his own as a solo artist and released his freshman album "Going In". The album won over critics within Christian Hip Hop leading to him being nominated as "New Artist of the Year". In 2011 he produced a second track for Lecrae titled "More" on the album "Rehab: Overdose". This time he and Lecrae won the Dove Award for Hip Hop Album of The Year. In 2013, he dropped his first EP "BandCamp" in March. He dropped a second EP the same year in October titled "Die Daily" which was an instant hit with fans. He was a featured artist at SXSW in 2014 and 2015.
He also started the Die Daily movement with a collective of other artists and producers whose mission is to serve their community, their motto being Die To Self, Live For Christ, and Serve Others. Kadence released Die Daily Season II on October 31st, 2015.
We got the chance to connect with Kadence let's see what he had to say…
KingdomSoldNYC: It’s been a couple months since you released Die Daily Season II, how has it been going?
Kadence: It’s a small project. A continuation of the first Die Daily project that I did. I wanted to put something out for the supporters- the people that follow my music and follow the die daily movement. The support has been really great! I’ve been hearing a lot of feedback about how songs have impacted them and how some songs get them really excited. The thing is, I put this out as a buffer for some of the new stuff coming and the direction I am going musically so people know what to expect.
KingdomSoldNYC: I’ve been listening to the Ep. My personal favorite track is “Go Crazy” , I wanna ask you what has the transition been like moving from producing behind the scenes to actually being the artist that is getting your music out?
Kadence: As far as being a producer. It’s one of those things I have never stopped doing. I produced on this project as well, the intro track. I just do it how I feel it comes to me. A lot of times I will go through a season where straight up all I want to do is make beats, produce and write. Then there’s times when all I wanna do is get in the booth, write and rap. So I feel like It’s not a transition more like going with the flow creatively and I don’t fight to go either direction.
KingdomSoldNYC: Tell us more about the Die Daily Movement, Seems like 2016 is pretty planned out. You have die daily season 3 on the map, you have rise of the underdog and the version of die daily season 2. So tell us more…
Kadence: So basically you got die daily and it consists of myself, Shaun Johnson, John C Johnson, Dillion CHase, Prosper, KT Hillel, …...We’re just a movement, not a label rather a community of people who believe in the same thing. We all believe we can't live our life for ourselves. We have to live a life of sacrifice and serving others. Everyone in our crew is committed to serving our families, the community that everyone is involved in, their community, their church, and then we do music. Kyle in tennessee, big6, dp dallas...they're not necessarily doing music but they serve in different ways. Die Daily is a collective of people who understand die to self, our flesh doesn't do us no good, so we wanna kill that then move into the things God has for us. Gal 5: 24 we lay our sinful nature to rest and it goes on to say we live by the spirit. One of the biggest testimonies I have is this, Around the time I produced for lecrae, I did my first solo album called “going in” and I won a dove award. Then I got rapzilla new artist and a lot of things was happening where I could've used that attraction to push my music career forward. However I felt a strong conviction and God really put on my heart to be more incorporated in the community and what is going on there. I actually moved back into the community I grew up in. Saw what's going on there and how I could serve. I ended up understanding music will be there. People will tell you that you have a window there that you use but it was one of those things where I had to die to self and just trust God with what He wanted me to do. The music wasn't what kept me up at night, it was figuring out ways to impact the community. So God was putting that on my heart. I wanted to do music and travel but it wasn't the season for that. I’m reminded every morning to die to self and do what God wants me to do. I'm not going to force my way into the industry or do things that I have a desire for but trust God doing whatever I can to serve people, through music, concerts, outreaches and just service. So that’s how the concept started with me personally. Then it was saying it, speaking it and then promoting it. From that came die daily season 1, then we started a movement, got the crew and we just all push the concept of die to self, live for christ & serve others. Then communicating to others and everyone grabbed the concept and how it relates to them.
KingdomSoldNYC: It’s awesome to see people coming together, in this case like a brotherhood to keep each other accountable as we all strive to be more like christ in our personal lives. I commend you.
Kadence: The brotherhood is important. Musically too. Like we have dudes like Cash hollister is working on music this year and he is a well respected emcee in the culture. Just that accountability to say how are you doing? are you recording or doing something? That’s motivation to push you. It’s dope because you got people in the room to inspire you. Sometimes you get frustrated with the process or discouraged but your around people that support you and believe in what you believe in. It's an encouragement to what you are doing and where you're going.
Kingdomsoldnyc: When you're not writing or producing, what do you enjoy doing
Kadence: There’s a couple things I love to do. I have a family so I love to chill with my family, couple crazy kids and an awesome wife; Sometimes we just chill and play board games. When the kids are sleeping I like to play my xbox, hop online with my die daily peeps. Outside of that I really enjoy hanging to in the community with the young people. I am actually in the process of launching a community center. There is a lot of focus on that doing gang prevention, mentoring, education initiatives and incorporating relevant culture in that. I enjoy putting that stuff together because it’s fun and the idea is... this is what the kids are doing now how do we use it to reach them.
Kingdomsoldnyc: Share a little of your personal testimony
Kadence: I was raised on the north eastside of okc, it’s kind of the rough side. It was actually listed in the top 10 rising gang cities of the country. However My mom did keep us in church and I had the fear of God but I didn't understand the relationship. I started doing music at 11 it was the gateway to my relationship with God because I ran into some guys called exodus and they were christian rappers. I wasn't doing that at the time. I was making beats but not for the kingdom and I got connected with those dudes. They started pouring into me discipline me and the tool was the music. That was my interest so every time wemet up to go to the studio we have bible study first. I ended up receiving salvation one of those bible studies. So from there I said to myself If I am going to do music i want it to impact people and reach people in a positive way and I knew I and the ability to go either way with music but God had a plan and when His spirit spoke to me it was what it was. From that point ton of discipleship and leadership and people with a lot of grace and patience dealing with me from having a baby out of wedlock, smoking weed and getting into a lot of trouble in my life and I was privileged to have a lot of great people around me. I’m married with 2kids, I'm the director of yfc in our local chapter and God just took somebody that didn’t have a lot of value when he was young but made him into a man of value. So it’s awesome, my story connects with a lot of kids, they have the fear of God but don't really know nothing about him.
KingdomSoldNYC: Yes the relationship with God and also older folks that can just sit with them and disciple them. We need more of that. There's a lot of young people out here starving for a taste of that. So I commend you and the work you are doing in okc.Anything you want to say
Kadence: Number 1- anybody out there that wants to jump into the scene of entertainment, music, poetry, acting or whatever you do. I believe that it is very important that, that thing doesn't define you. For me when I realized my talent doesn't define me but it is God who defines me I had so much freedom in what i was able to do. You’re talent will define you based on the standards people define as good or bad. But when God defines you there is a freedom in your art and artistic expression. So when I make music i don't have to have that stressful concern of am i doing this right for people and I trust that the gift of God within me will allow it to come out the way it needs to come out . I also trust that i have friends around me that don't look at me as an artist but look at me as a brother and will tell me if its walk. I don’t let the fact that if i drop a project it doesn't get featured on a blog or chart on itunes or wherever, I dont have those concerns. The biggest thing ministry you do or the biggest impact you will have will not be onstage, in a studio booth.but the way you live your life and the way you serve other people. If we can learn anything from what Jesus did, he did ministry out there in the community. He wasn't selling preaching cd’s he was going into the community talking to people and teaching people. Make sure it doesn't define you, whatever you do it's not about
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.