Who knew a simple campaign “SUPPORT DA ROOKIE” would take Khyran Shank this far. Shank is breaking into the music industry on his terms. Only two years in the business , and Shank has released mixtape after mixtape, while building his brand, SDR. Shank built a team that supports him in everything he does. His right hand, Phoenix, handles all recording. Collaborating with other artists, such as graphic designers, designers, and photographers, has helped him to prosper in this industry. Sometimes, utilizing other's talents in your creative work allows for a bigger dream to be obtained.
Shank wrote his first song, Welcome to the Intro, in 2013. By 2014 he had his very first single, Small Talk sold on Itunes. The popularity of the song begged for a music video. Within months, Shank gave his fans and audience just that. A series of his songs, called Random, can be found on his SoundCloud profile. Random is a segment of mixed beats all combined in one track, more so to give his listeners a new twist to Hip Hop. His vibrant and blunt personality makes him stand out and catches the attention of many radio hosts, eager to interview him. Luckily, I was able to snag a quick interview instead of standing in line like the rest.
Shank reminisces times as a child growing up in Indiana, listening to music with his parents. Countless of hours of listening to "the greats" with his dad, Lewis Shank. It's those tiny moments in life that can influence and shape our character, personality, and interests. His father was the first to introduce him to influential artists, such as Notorious B.I.G., Big Daddy Kane. Ghetto Boyz, Tupac, and Kool and the Gang. Shank, has studied the greats... Not literally like a test. But, more so as what their message is, and how they impact society.
“My goals in this industry and business is to stay true to the art form no matter what. To stay independent and allow my art and words to be heard worldwide”.
His top five artists are Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G, Wu Tang Clan, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar.
The way Shank stumbled upon the music industry is unlike any other. It was a typical night, hanging with the friends talking and joking around in his friend’s parents’ basement. One of his friends was playing around with some music, and they all were throwing out quick little verses. When Shank decided to jump in, it really was an “Oh Shit” moment, no one was expecting that from him. His friends encouraged him to get in the studio and to speak his poetry and story.
Shank never thought this was the route he was going to take, especially with his first love being track and field. Although Shank is an upcoming artist, he is still your typical 23 year old student athlete trying to graduate on time. The life of a student athlete is a hard one, and trying to balance it as an artist can be challenging. Waking up with a 6am practice followed by classes afterwards is already a long day. But, to add interviews, videos, and studio time on top of a busy schedule that causes long nights and early mornings.
Shank shows how much support can really help you on your path.