Interview with Kule T (@kule_t_mn8)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was always been musically gifted from a young age, I grew up in a musical-loving home where I was exposed to Jazz, Soul, Classical, Reggae, and Gospel music. At the age of ten, I began playing the drums in my local church and moved on to playing the guitar and bass guitar. By my teenage years, I discovered my love for singing, songwriting, and performing and soon became a part of an acapella group called ‘Spirit’ with members such as Conner Reeves, Chris Gayle, and Carl St Hill. After my time in ‘Spirit’, one of the members when on to be a successful artist, and the other two, unfortunately, passed away.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
In the 1990’s I became the lead singer for MN8, an R&B pop group that saw success with their hit single ‘I’ve Got A Little Something For You,’ announcing the release of their debut album ‘To The Next Level.’ Signed to Sony/Columbia, the single reached number 2 in the UK Singles Charts, taking the number 1 spot on the UK R&B Charts. Further releases saw them reach worldwide success, receiving a Gold Album Award in France. My stage presence was elevated through touring with the likes of Janet Jackson, Robbie Williams, Boyzone, Spice Girls, Madonna, Celine Dion, and Backstreet Boys. We also had our first single release in the film ‘Bad Boys’ starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Always be true to who you are as an artist. Be brave musically and try out different styles of the genre. When writing songs think deeply and make your lyrics connect to your audience. Love, love, love what you do and that will come across in your work. Take some timeout to rest your mind, long walks or meeting up with friends can give you a fresh perspective when it comes to being creative so use that to help you.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I would have to thank my mother for being there for me and understanding the way I thought when I was young. I was always a hyperactive child and wanted to understand and learn everything that was musical, but sometimes it drove my mother mad. So I’m so grateful for her resilience and love. Then there is my old group ‘Spirit’ where I learnt a lot as a singer-songwriter. Being able to believe in yourself and learn from my friends Conner Reeves, Carl St Hill and Chris Gayle was brilliant. Each person had different elements of themselves that I have kept with me for my own performances and even though Carl and Chris are not here on this earth I still have them with me.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
After being with the 90s band MN8 I have embarked on my own solo career releasing 5 singles and my first solo album entitled Emotional Rollercoaster. One of my songs, ‘See Me, has been used for a charity called Unseen that deals with modern-day slavery. Through my success as an artist I have been able to create great memories for people all over the world with my music, and I shall continue to do that.
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
I had an interview with Hayley Palmer on Sky TV and I was asked “What is a quote that stayed with you through your life”, and my answer was “Be the man you are, not the man you want to be”. This quote stayed with me for a long time because I was trying to be the person that I thought I was, and what others thought I was, instead of just being myself. So, once I realised this I began to change aspects of my life that worked for me and empowered me as a man. Only then did I find myself and then found people that had the same thinking as me.
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