Kam Kalloway is a multi-talented actor, model and recording artist making major music moves in the entertainment industry. He left Sacramento for Hollywood 7 years ago to pursue his dreams. It’s safe to say that his sacrifice has paid off. Having over 5 million SoundCloud plays, Kalloway has a string of relatively successful hits with a remarkable range of artists including Kehlani, Trey Songs, Sabi and Christina Sayers.
‘Honestly’ is Kalloway’s debut single co-created with fellow 2020 Gold label artist, Kayo Genesis. This lively track was produced with the purpose of shining a light on some of the cunning experiences both artists have encountered in the entertainment industry for others to take from and reference. Kalloway takes his audience on a ride through some of his most life shaping moments, intending to deliver various messages from surreal experiences on how to conquer the everyday struggles we encounter.
He is currently creating his debut project, ‘Young, Wild and High’ which is set to debut later this year featuring guest appearances from Leon Thomas, Camp Rock and Jharrel Jerome. We sat down with Kam Kalloway to talk all things music and chasing your dreams, so let’s get into it.
So, when did your passion for music and acting start?
I grew up in church and did some theatre in school, I’m sure a lot of that played a role. Also, my mom is a gospel singer, so there’s that too.
Did you always have a passion for music?
Yes, even more so I had a passion for artistry, not just sonically but visually. In music, I never really rooted for the greatest singers or most talented lyricists, but for those who were most unique.
What was the biggest challenge you encountered starting out?
Connectivity. Hollywood can be very surface level; I’ve never really fit in although some may feel otherwise because of how I move. I’ve always felt more at ease on the east coast.
How do you seek out new opportunities as an artist?
I’m a hustler, I do a lot of networking. There are few awards shows and major Hollywood events that I haven’t been to. Of course, Instagram is also a great tool.
What’s been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
2018 Grammy’s weekend, that was definitely an experience. Although I didn’t have any nominations, I made many valuable relationships with the press. Not only from the show but also events like the Roc Nation Brunch and the WMG Party. That helped me foster substantial relationships.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve had to learn?
The biggest lesson was that I have to be consistent and intentional because it’s easy to get lost in a crowded room.
Can you tell us a bit about your new track, ‘Honestly’?
‘Honestly’ is about all the crap in Hollywood, Kayo and I thought it was about time for this type of anthem. There’s some real-life stuff also included in there. speaking on the past and how it correlates to what we wouldn’t traditionally want to acknowledge, but we have decided to have an honest moment.
Finally, what would be your biggest piece of advice be for any young person wanting to make it big as an artist or creative?
You are the company you keep.
In the meanwhile, check out his new single ‘Honestly’ available now: https://smarturl.it/k2-honestly
Social media: @KamKalloway
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