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Building a dream, one hip-hop song at a time

  • Written by Shannon Michael Features Writer

Miller HallCourtesy photo . Hip hop artist, Konscious, whose real name is Kevin Miller, grew up in Bothell and Woodinville. He is a 2012 graduate of Bothell High School and is currently attending Western Washington University in Bellingham when not working on his music and performing. He just released his debut EP Music with a Konscious.At Bothell High he was known as Kevin Miller. Born and raised in the Bothell and Woodinville area, he graduated from BHS in 2012. Now he’s 19-years-old, with a big dream to fulfill as a hip-hop recording artist with the name Konscious.

When not studying economics at Western Washington University, Miller spends almost every spare moment working on his music from writing and producing to performing.

That hard work is beginning to pay off with increased downloads of his songs, and over 30,000 plays of his songs on SoundCloud.

Music with a Konscious, his debut EP (Extended Project to those not up on music lingo), featuring six new songs including "College Girls Anthem," his most popular song to date, was released on November 1.

Miller wrote "College Girls Anthem" two years ago, but this past summer when he finally decided to make music his number one priority, local success began to happen. Since finally releasing the song in September, it now has over 12,500 downloads on SoundCloud. He credits building a strong foundation of support around him, including mentors such as Everett-based hip-hop artist and producer J-Key, as the key to helping take his career to the next level.

He is now in the process of making a music video for "College Girls Anthem," working with fellow WWU students Connor Jalbert, Caleb Albright, and Madison Krueger who will be directing and filming the video.

Miller has come a long way since starting to show an interest in music when he was in grade school. His mother, Fernell Miller, an elementary school teacher in Kenmore, has supported him from the beginning, as have his brother Cam and sister Korrie.

"She has never doubted me. She has supported me ever since I started making music when I was 11 years old," Miller wrote about his mom in an email interview, adding that she attends business meetings and advises him when needed.  

For Miller, music was his salvation. He was bullied throughout grade school, and in junior high and high school he struggled with depression and suicidal behavior.

Music was his outlet. "Music became my life," he wrote. Because of those experiences, Miller just founded the Konscious Movement in October. 

"I woke up one day and asked myself why do I really make music? My answer sparked the creation of the Konscious Movement," he wrote.  His goal is to donate $200 from his CD sales towards community outreach advocating for anti-bullying this next year. He’s also included a "Giving Back" page on his official website so fans can contribute, too.

The Konscious Movement, along with his stage name Konscious, is a deliberate message to his fans to live consciously, in the moment. "To live Konscious is to live happy and not ashamed to be yourself," Miller wrote, adding that the goal is to educate and uplift youth through hip-hop music. The "K" in Konscious is for his first name Kevin.

Miller’s style of hip-hop is reflective of those he admires in the industry who have the ability to create melodic hip-hop like 50-Cent, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne. "I aspire to make hits as enjoyable as theirs," he wrote.

Miller’s Music with a Konscious is available online through his Bandcamp store, and at his shows. The next performance by Konscious will be at Seattle’s premier 18+ night club Fusion Ultra Lounge in Seattle on November 8th.

He’ll also be performing in Hip-Hop Mania featuring several artists at Studio Seven in Seattle on November 17th. Tickets are $10 in advance on his website and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, find more information on upcoming performances, and for links to buy his music on his Bandcamp store page and SoundCloud page, visit his website KonsciousMusic.com.

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