Artem Kovyrkov (also known as A.K.A) is a rapper from Moscow who’s collaborated on a number of awesome projects and has been a Twine staff pick twice in recent weeks. In this interview, he tells us about his musical background and influences, who he’s been working with on Twine and provides several tips for finding and starting to work with people on Twine.
1) My musical background and influences
“I’ve started doing music when I was 12 without any musical education. It was hard and basically everything I did was super dumb. The problem was that I’ve tried to rap not in my native language (Russian) but in a foreign (English). I’ve really gotten into music production when I was 14 with the influence by Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Cunninlynguists and many more. I started to learn how to use FL Studio and now I’m able to produce a song from the beginning. Even though I still have a lot to learn, I try to experiment with my sound. On September 2015 I dropped my first seriously produced mixtape “Day In a Year”. And now I’m in the process of making a new one. Thankfully it’s gotten much easier because of all the collaborations I did on Twine.”
2) Who I’ve been working with on Twine
“So far I collaborated with the very talented Stahalamora (from Mumbai) on a song ‘The Night’ and with a great producer Breakjester (from Texas) and Nebula from TOXIC MiLk on a song ‘In Your Head’. Both songs were staff picks on Twine, which I’m really proud of.”
3) Several tips for how to find and start working with people on Twine
“As for the tips I would suggest to only collaborate when you have the polished idea of what the song would look like. That’s from the personal experience. And when you got that idea you simply go to the collaboration board and surf through people’s profiles to find the sound you want. Simple as that.”