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Dirtybird alum Kevin Knapp on his US tour, his roots, and food [Interview]

This July, San Francisco-native and Dirtybird alum Kevin Knapp made the rounds on his US tour. We chatted with Kevin to find out what fans should expect from him next, and what the US tour means to him. Known for his iconic vocal style, Knapp returned stateside this July to wow fans with his adept musical instincts. We got the inside scoop on his tour, a little news about his upcoming food and music video series, and dug into his musical background. Check it out below.

DMNW: What are you most excited about for this US tour? Is there anything unique that fans should expect?

KK: It’s just always such a treat to go back and play in my home country. I think my music presents as a very boom-bap-punchy affair on most nights and it’s tailor-made for US crowds, in my experience. Folks should expect heaters and treats for sure.

You’ve mentioned in previous interviews that San Francisco is a special place for you. Are you excited to be back and playing for the Halcyon crowd?

Playing Halcyon in San Francisco is a big deal for me. It feels like a milestone of sorts as I started playing music in that city for the first time and it feels like headlining one of the premier venues in my hometown is a symbol of how far I’ve come in the industry. I’m super honored.

This time around your tour won’t take you to the Pacific Northwest, but is that a possibility in the future?

I’ve made great connections and inroads with fans in Portland and Seattle. I suspect it won’t be long until we all dance together again.

You’ve also mentioned that your musical training started in classical singing. Would you say that background has influenced your current sound?

I don’t know how much classical singing has influenced my current sound, but it definitely influences my stage presence. I get pretty loose when I’m up there and I owe that to performing in musicals and show choirs when I was younger.

What are some of your favorite tracks to mix live, and why are they your favorites? Will we hear these on your tour?

Right now I’m hung up on Chris Lake’s Concentrate. It just smacks dance floors and I love that. I also have a bunch of new original material I love.  It will all be played on the tour for sure.

What’s one thing you make sure to do every day?

Brush my teeth, shower, weigh myself, check and make sure the President has not made some kind of final fatal error for our country, smile, love & put out good, constructive energy.

You’ve previously mentioned that you take food very seriously. Are there any types of cuisine that you’re particularly fond of?

Seafood is a big one for me as well as Chinese. I grew up on both so they are kinda home cooking for me.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fettuccine alfredo. I’ve got a dope scratch recipe that delivers every time.

Is there anything else you want to say, or that our readers should know?

Stay tuned for my new Beats N’ Eats video series. The appetizer episode will be released next month.

Are you planning on watching the Beat N’ Eats video series? Will we see you when Kevin returns to the PNW? Let us know on social media!


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