I’ve received dozens of singer/songwriter submissions since launch and I have to say most come across as self-indlugent, soulless vanity projects fueled by unchecked ego. So I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Kevin’s music and found it anything but. Soulful and hypnotic, Kevin’s confident piano compliments his vocal style so well, I was quite surprised to find he only fully committed to it a few short years ago.

We’ve actually been trying to do a shoot with Kevin since we launched the site back in February. Our only problem has been where to shoot it. We couldn’t just set up anywhere and go... we had to find ourselves a piano. Music shops, hotel lobbies and even churches were all considered at one time or another. Our final choice in locations may not be the most exciting one, but when the opportunity to play on a 130 year old piano presents itself, you take it.

Here’s what Kevin had to say about his music, influences, guilty pleasures and more:

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about Kevin Earnest?

KEVIN EARNEST: I would like the world to know how much I absolutely love to play music. I always hope that comes across when I play live, but if it doesn’t I want people to know this is what I live for and the reason I get out of bed.

GA: What doesn't the world need to know about Kevin Earnest?

KE: I really like that song “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. It’s a total guilty pleasure and I hope I am not judged for my honesty.

GA: What inspires you musically?

KE: Without sounding too lame, I’d say that life in general inspires me to write and make music. Music has always been the perfect outlet that can be used to overcome and embrace all the imperfections life has to offer.

GA: You've got new albums worth of tunes ready be tracked. How are they different then your previous effort?

KE: The last album I did was a concept album that covered a two year period of my life in chronological order. There were a lot of samples and subtle nuances I used to paint the story with sound and create an on going theme throughout the entire record. The new album will be very organic, raw, and a little more upbeat. One major difference with the new record is that I will be using all real instruments. Due to a lack of budget on the last record, I had to use my keyboard for all my string and brass sounds. This time around I will be working with a live string section and I couldn’t be more excited. As a songwriter I feel like I am constantly evolving and I hope that will transpire with this new collection of songs.

GA: What other local band or bands (besides yourselves of course) should people be checking out?

KE: A few bands and artists I’ve enjoyed sharing the stage with recently are Solo Clique, The Color Turning, The Slings, Deep Sea Diver, Voxhaul Broadcast, and Thomas Ian Nicholas. I think they’re all great artists and I really enjoy their live sets.

GA: If you could do another gorillacoustic performance anywhere else in the world, where would you do it?

KE: I would love to do a performance in Paris . I’ve never been and have always wanted to go. I think playing a piano outside on a cool looking street would be very cool.

GA: A freak accident exposes you to high levels of radiation. What superpower does it give you?

KE: I’d have to say the power to bend time. If I had the power to travel in and out of time I would rip off Biff’s idea from Back To The Future part 2, win the lotto a couple times, and spend my days betting on sport teams. When not winning the lotto, I would warp to New York on December 8, 1980. I’d find that A-hole Mark David Chapman, kick his ass and prevent John Lennon’s assignation. That way the world would still have a brilliant man spearheading the peace movement, and the irony of it all would be thanks to my physical altercation.

Get Kevin’s first album “These Years Have Been...” now from AMAZON or iTunes.