Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia Spotlight: Mr. Kinetik

Mr. KinetikMr. Kinetik has been involved in music since he was a child playing with a plastic saxophone and guitar. And it’s no surprise that music has influenced his life since his parents have played instruments and his sister and aunt have been involved in the arts. In fact, his talented aunt even painted a mural on a wall at his grandparents’ house in Michigan City over 40 years ago.

With a Bachelors in Media Arts: Recording Industry Studies from Butler University, Kinetik is a not only a one-man band, but he’s also a public school educator working from K-12 in general education, special education and alternative education. His late great-grandfather was a member of a gospel quartet for close to 60 years even while working full-time, which has been his inspiration for staying with music.

No stranger to the art and music scene, Mr. Kinetik has been a former ORANJE participant three different times with two different projects. Now, as a participant in Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia, Mr. Kinetik will be creating sounds and music using different mediums. “I always liked to experiment with colors but really got more into it after college,” he said. “It became a way for me to channel other ideas and I always listen to music while I’m painting and just paint with the music.

Can you tell us some information about your art and music? How would you describe it? My art and music has always been a reflection of my moments in life; time capsules if you will, ways for me to remember what was going on. So with that my art and music has range because life has range. My art and music is about exploration and experimentation as well, seeing how far I can go with an idea or technique.

Where did you find the inspiration for your project? I wanted to do something that uses most of my background knowledge and abilities but introduced an element that is new. So there are parts of the project that I’ll test ahead of time but ultimately, the audience gets to experience it with me at its early stages.

What is your creative process? I start with an idea. Sometimes it’s just a word or a feeling. I design with the end in mind. Musically, I look at tones as a color spectrum. Lower tones are darker, higher tones are brighter. Some songs don’t need the whole spectrum, some just need flashes of certain colors. From there I can decide what instruments seem right to put into it. All of this happens very quickly otherwise I can get sidetracked. I like to work quickly.

What are your future goals for your art/music? I really want my music and art to reach further and engage more people. I really want to work with a symphony and get into scoring for films.

What are you most excited about for Synesthesia? I’m most excited to see a cool intersection of art, music and color. This is an event that really captures the beauty of all art and presents it to people. People should come see my performance because it will truly be one of a kind, from the art to the music.

Tell us something about your music that we should know. What’s in store for us on November 21? I do my best to be spontaneous and allow flow to dictate what I’m doing. I make boundaries but they’re way out and then I work inside of them using what I know and a little bit of what I don’t know. I love to improvise. The performance will be a flowing expression of music created in layers and the art that coincides with the music. I’m really excited to share with everyone. It will be a lot of fun.

You can find more music from Mr. Kinetik at MrKinetik.bandcamp.com. Don’t miss him at The Speak Easy for Red Bull House of Art Synesthesia on November 21!