Just who is KevOz, you might ask? First off – I’m a husband, a dad to a rescue dog, and a world traveler. Oh – and, I make music! I'm an independent artist who creates instrumental music ranging from softer, relaxing New Age (think: Vangelis, Yanni) to more upbeat Electronic (think, again: Tangerine Dream, Mannheim Steamroller). I like to call it innovative instrumental music that is beyond genres. I’ve always had a deep love of music in all forms, but got hooked on creating my own tunes with synthesizers due to the awesome variety of sounds that they allow one to create. I've been doing this for over 30 years now – but it wasn't until the turn of the millennium when I decided to get my music “out here” for all of you to hear. But before I get into where I’m at now, it’s best to know a little more about my past.
I've always loved music – one of my earliest childhood memories is sitting in a small lawn chair, “rocking out” to Bobby Vinton's “My Melody Of Love” – a 45 that my mom would play every now and then. Sure, a Bobby Vinton polka classic isn't exactly rock out material, but hey – I was like 4 at the time. As the 70s went on, I heard a lot of classic rock – I’ve got 3 older brothers, and they listened to everything awesome: The Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Boston, Foreigner…I can go on and on here, but you get the idea. It was around this time when I thought it would be pretty cool to be a rock star. ☺ I had a lot of fun screwing around with various instruments – a 6-chord organ, a tiny drum set from Sears, and a battery-powered 1-string guitar – I was pretty adept at playing the beginning of “Smoke On The Water” on it!
Then came the 80s – and synthesizers became more mainstream than ever before. Even rockers like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band used them aplenty (ever listen to “Born In The USA”?). As I entered my teens, I embraced the electronic sounds that only synths and the like could bring. I won’t go through the details of all the “toy” synths I had during these years, but this was the time in my life when I started making my own “albums”…on cassette tapes. It was great fun, and I still have them – of course!
In March of 1990 I realized that I had too many toy synthesizers and I needed to buy a professional one. So, I bought a Yamaha SY77, which was their flagship at that time. I couldn’t believe the quality of the stock sounds it had – so many…and, I could create my own infinite amount and save them! I continued making my own original instrumental creations (saved on 3.5” floppy disks) throughout the 90s…eventually making homemade CDs near the end of the decade.
So now we get to the turn of the millennium that I referenced in the first paragraph. What started out as a hobby in those early years had become a passion. And I’ve now officially released 14 albums. I can’t believe that something I’ve always done for the fun of it has given joy to so many music listeners – my music has been purchased, downloaded, and/or streamed from all ends of the Earth. I mean, iTunes Switzerland? It still never ceases to inspire me when someone new downloads just one of my songs. I'm thankful for it every day.
Apparently, there are others who have taken notice, too. During my musical journey, I've somehow managed to be profiled in Keyboard Magazine as their “Unsigned Artist of the Month”. iTunes actually placed me in their “iTunes Essentials: Yoga” compilation. And, most recently, Tokyo Disneyland® has been featuring my Christmas music over the past several holiday seasons in Tomorrowland - and along with a nighttime laser light show beamed onto Space Mountain. Pretty cool, huh? I think so. ☺
I reside just outside of Chicago...enjoying life, love, and music. And I plan to “keep on keeping on” with this as long as I am able. I'm happy you're here for the ride.