Kalin White is back and better than ever. Coming up as one-half of pop duo Kalin and Myles, the Bay Area native has spent the last two years not only discovering his sound, but himself as a person. Carrying over his signature smooth sultry vocals, his undeniable charm, and his extremely loyal fanbase, the 23-year-old is not stopping until he gets to the top. Read more…
Aside from singing and songwriting, Kalin is a ladies man, to say the least. Admiring the female species as a whole, he creates music for them — with mama included. With lyrics full of love, lust, and all the in-between, fans receive the raw and uncut truth from his life and experiences.
This summer, he unleashed his highly-anticipated mixtape titled would you still be there?, home to standout singles, “Do Me Like That” and “Take Your Time.” Fresh off the stage at Panorama Music Festival in New York City and hosting a successful pop-up/meet & greet with the fans in West Hollywood, Kalin continues to shine and wear his passion for music on his sleeve.
For those who don’t know, who is Kalin White?
A young man from the Bay trying to put on for his momma and his fans. And tour the world.
Where do you fit in the realm of R&B and hip-hop?
Honestly, I’m not really focused on anybody else. The only person I’m competing with is my yesterday.
How would you describe your sound?
It is a gathering of all my interests, experiences, and women… that can form into something that’s sonically tasteful.
You’re from the Bay, how does that play into your life and career?
510 will always be a part of me. You can find that in my music on tracks like “Baddie.” And it got a little bump in a track like “Mentions.”
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
I would say it’s very important once you’re financially ready. Maybe if you’re not. LA is the entertainment capital of the world. Opportunities are just walking around.
How long have you been here now?
I’ve been here for 4 years.
What’s your favorite part of the city?
The ladies. I ain’t going to lie to you, Shirley.
What’s your relationship with the ladies?
It’s a very open relationship. I was going to say in and out, one burger. [laughs] Honestly if I’m being real, I’m very to myself. There’s a lot of women that come in and out of my life, but I’m looking for the one who is trying to stay.
You recently released your would you still be there? mixtape. First off, why a mixtape not an album?
Honestly, aside from the politics, this is just a body of work that I’m proud of. Something that I treat just like an album, but we decided to run with the mixtape. Because I wanted a mixtape, like “check out my mixtape girl.” [says playfully]
I know you’ve been slaving in the studio. Can you talk about the creative process and how long it took you?
The creative process is usually dependable, on my mood, on what I’m going through. Usually if I got some time to myself, I like to cut on these nude lights, make sure I have some cool snacks, and then if I have some fire beats, I kind of just let my heart do the talking.
Now that the project has been out for a month, how you feeling?
I feel amazing. I have a music video that’s dropping this week “Take Your Time,” and the “Would You Still Be There?” video right after. Honestly, I’m just trying to take my time. Because people consume music so fast these days, I’m just trying to make this music last as long as possible. Because it took me coming up on two years to be ready for something like this, but I’m happy with it.
Can you talk about why you decided to have no features on this project?
I just wanted to present the world with a body of work where I felt 100% in myself. Obviously, 13 tracks don’t cover my full life, but it’s definitely a good start to let the ladies and the world know where I’m at, where I’m from. Which is worldwide baby! Worldwide. Shout out Lil Boosie.
I know artists typically have their own favorites that aren’t singles. What are YOUR favs on the project?
My favorite record that I’ve ever recorded, and that is on this project, is the intro, “More Than Just a Fuck.” And “Baddie.”
What is it that you want fans to get from your story?
Honestly, I would say inspiration and motivation. Throughout this process, I’ve probably been on my biggest low. That I almost forgot how it feels to not have money for a meal. Just to let them know that anything is possible. With hard work, humbleness, and just basing your decisions off of love, you can do it.
What is your take on the music industry?
I don’t know. [laughs] I guess we’ll see in a few months, right?
What does that mean?
I’m not really in it, am I? It’s probably a lot of late nights… when early mornings come too soon. [whistle]
How important is social media for your career?
Unfortunately, social media is 100&. It’s everything to be honest. If you really think about it, if social media got cut off, what would you do? If you’re not already an established artist. It’s really scary for a lot of artists. I appreciate social media. I just wish I wasn’t addicted to looking at Instagram girls all day.
Damn, that’s what you’re doing?
Not really, but it’s like they’re everywhere. I can’t go anywhere without seeing a beautiful girl trying to do her thing.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I get up, brush my teeth, take a shower, and then I probably get yelled at by my management. [laughs] Then I try to find some time in the day to work on my craft and my music. I’m already starting on the second project.
3 things you need in the studio?
Water, mood lights, and some tree. [laughs]
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Honestly, hoop dreams. Basketball was a big part of my life, so that’s what I’d be hooping. Anybody can get it too, on the court.
Favorite song to perform in a set?
“Thought You Knew,” with my live band.
You have a pretty loyal fanbase. Talk about your relationship with them.
Thank you. My fans are everything. I wouldn’t be able to have this pleasure to be in front of you doing an interview. Real shit, they get me in the doors in Power 106. They’re the reason why I’m able to live, so I do everything for them.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
One time, I went to IHOP with two fans. They were waiting at the hotel when I was going and I asked if they wanted to go. They said “yeah,” and I said “alright, I’ll pay if you drive.” And I paid for all their food.
I mean, they were supporting me. I think I was in their city for a show, so it’s not all the way random. But it was cool, I just got to talk to them.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Right now, I’d probably say Preme.
I’m not really sure where he’s from, but that n*gga got blaps. I’m trying to do a record with him. He got one with Lil Wayne right now, it’s crazy.
My dream collaboration would be with Usher on some 8701 shit. U-S-H-E-R, K-A-L-I-N.
Anything else you want to say?
I just want to thank you for your time, and my fans are sexy as fuck.