UK Rapper Kane Train drops his new single ‘Too Real’. We catch up with him to discuss making music, mental health and the importance of expressing yourself.
‘TOO REAL’ OUT NOW
For those who have not heard of you, tell us a bit about Kane Train.
Kane Train is a young man who has faced a lot of hardship, and as a result is angry at the world! He speaks with ferocity and passion in his music as he feels it is one of the only places where he can speak his true thoughts and feelings. Most people who know Kane Train, do not really know Kane Train… and so he feels he should show them the real him inside of his music 😉 .
When was the first time you realised you could rap?
It took me a lot of practice before I ever felt like I could actually rap properly. Learning to rap was one thing after the next! First, I had to learn to write, then record, then mix, then master, then I figured performing live was completely different from rapping in the studio environment. I always knew that I would be able to rap well if I kept practicing but, I think the first time I felt like I could actually rap well was when I first listened back to the final version of my song ‘Lemonade’ !
Tell us about your new track Too Real?
‘Too Real’ is me when I was feeling super motivated and battle-ready! It expresses that angry-at-the-world attitude that I mentioned previously. When I made it, I was listening to a lot of Aitch’s stuff and I felt like the beat was kind of similar to that vibe so I wanted to make something out of it. There are some personal lyrics in this track but overall, I feel it is a display of my lyrical capabilities and confident attitude more than anything.
How would you describe the production on the track?
I would describe it as a UK banger type-of vibe! This track in particular was a pre-made beat that I purchased from a YouTube producer. I have been trying to steer away from buying beats from YouTube, and on my upcoming album there is only 5 out of 20 tracks which are not produced by me, or my team. The beat for ‘Too Real’ was just too fire when I heard it though, and it sparked something in me instantly, so I wrote the whole song in a couple hours and felt that the lyrics had to stay with that beat. I like the bouncy, club type of sound, combined with relentless fierce, non-stop lyrics on top. When I purchased the beat, I bought the stems and re-mixed the instrumental, along with my vocals and then mastered the track myself! I am happy with how it came out.
You are currently working on your album ‘Insanity = normality’’ – What can we expect to hear on it?
Now, this is an interesting question! The album is kind of broken into 2 halves. The first half shows a much more comedic side of me, whilst still addressing and exposing some serious issues in my life (it shows me accepting myself, even my flaws & insecurities, mainly by embracing my weird, dark sense of humour & poking fun at myself). The second half, with a couple exceptions, is deeper and heavier. There is a whole array of different themes and topics being explored in this album, but I think the overarching concept is about how, for each individual, their insanity is their normality. Their mental health, uniqueness, individualism & weird quirks are normal to them, no matter what expectations society has of them or what external judgement they receive. Of course, I am exploring this theme through my own mental health and perception of reality. I really wanted to display the contrast between the benefits of one’s ‘insanity’ and the cons of it too. The fact that one’s ‘insanity’ is what makes them an individual. it is what allows them to have something unique to offer the world. But, it is also a curse at the same time because it can make it hard for them to accept themself, and unfortunately some people never do. Some people will be boxed into being a certain way for their whole lives and never explore their insanity, and that is enough to drive anyone insane! 😉
You have spoken about your own personal experiences with your mental health. What advice can you give to anyone who may have or still is going through something similar?
I wish I had the answers… I still battle with stuff every day but, I think the number 1 thing is to understand & accept is that you are buckled in for the long ride, and you should cause as much chaos and disturbance whilst you are here as humanely possible! I’m joking of course… somewhat… People should aim to make an impact whilst they are here. They should voice their views and opinions, no matter how controversial or upsetting they may be. As long as they are true and intended to be constructive to their community as a whole, then I think they should be voiced.
No one else has the right to tell someone how they should or shouldn’t think, and what they can or can’t believe in. I believe that every individual will find something in life that they are passionate about, and it is down to that person to pursue that passion and make something spectacular out of it. That is how you find your purpose in life, and ultimately that will make you happy, paradoxically, even when you are unhappy.
We heard you speak about the trauma surrounding your mental health on the last album ‘suicide note’ How did rap help your mental well-being?
This is an interesting question as well! Over the last year I actually feel like all of the pressure I put on myself because of rap has been more of a hinderance to my mental health, rather than a benefit. I don’t want it to be that way though because I love rap music more than anything. That is only a recent change though and it mainly comes from the pressure of feeling like I need to make money from it. The artform itself has always been therapeutic for me, and at the time of making ‘Suicide Note’, I would say it was crucial in my recovery and well-being. If I did not have rap music, I don’t think I would have been able to make it through. That is something that I feel a lot of people don’t truly understand.
What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?
I think that I just want them to listen with an open mind and appreciate the truth behind my feelings and views on things, whether they agree with them or not. I want ignorant people to wake up and realise how their actions and words impact others and that not everyone has to agree with their world views and that there is more to life than living in a narrow-minded box.
I have had a few people tell me how much my music has helped them in times of distress as well and if my music helps a handful of people who relate to my story, then that is also a super meaningful thing and proves that I am doing my job well!
Where can we find out more?
By following me on socials. @insanekanetrain on everything. And, also by listening to the album when it releases. I am trying to land myself in a position where I can make more content for socials and connect with people more. Over the next year you can expect more non-musical related content from me expressing my views and discussing things! I look forward to seeing you there!
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