INTERVIEW: Karma Knows

Hi Karma, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been good thanks for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your latest EP Juice?

“Ring Alarm” was the first single and is a song I wrote when I felt like there was an alarm ringing in my gut, telling me to stay focused on your dreams because our time here isn’t long. The title-track “Juice” was made cuz I wanted to have a song I can turn up to. There’s not a lot of meaning behind it other than I just wanted to rap and have fun. “Palmtrees” is about me and the homies living like we’re on vacation, no matter where we are, while staying on our grind everyday. “Run” is about being overwhelmed and running from your problems. “Die Young” is a story about an abusive relationship that came from deep down abandonment issues during my childhood. And “Church” was a song about being thankful for family and all they’ve done for me. I wanted the piano in that song to have a church feel to it since my mom is a priest.

What’s the story behind the title, Juice?

Juice is the sequel to a trilogy of 3 EPs. The first was called “Sugar.” There is a lot more of a deeper meaning but basically I’m using Juice as a representation of evolution and growth. First comes Sugar then comes juice, plus I love Kool- aid.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write your single “Ring Alarm”?

When I was depressed and going through a hard break up back in 2018

How was the filming process and experience behind the video for “Ring Alarm”?

The filming process was so wild, my friend Justin Frick who directed and shot it turned his parents entire basement into a giant blanket fort lol.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording and writing I love to build the song from scratch with the producer mostly starting with a melody that either I sing or the producer plays with an instrument. Then We build from there.

Would you call Juice a direct sequel to your previous record Sugar?

Yeah 100%

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work? And what aspects of childhood and adulthood did you get to explore on this record?

The aspects I explore from my childhood and adulthood is finally opening up a bit more about my adoption as a child, as well as my depression as an adult. I don’t dive in as deep as I will on the third EP but I do dive into personal things more than I ever have in previous music, which has me a bit nervous on how people will react.

Those were my main influences for this EP.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

My team and family as well as just normal life struggles that we all have.

Any plans to hit the road?

I hope to hit the road in Spring for a tour as well as doing a college route, and opening at some festivals.

My goal is 100 shows in 2020.

What else is happening next in Karma Knows’ world?

Just cleansing my life of un healthy energy and people as well as staying focused on taking my show performance to the next level.


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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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