Name: Konrad Bigisson
Now lives: With his household in a transformed loft within the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Claim to fame: Mr. Bigisson is a highschool scholar and underground music producer who, beneath the alias Kid Krono, has helped produce two buzzworthy hip-hop tracks: “Louis Bags” by Kanye West (an unreleased observe devoted to Virgil Abloh), and “Dead Wrong” by EST Gee and Future. His Eleventh-grade classmates on the Grace Church School in Greenwich Village are unaware of his extracurricular exercise — till now, maybe. “I’m not someone who really likes to be a loudmouth,” he mentioned. “But, yeah, I probably should mention what I do to my jazz teacher at least.”
Big break: Mr. Bigisson grew up in a inventive family. His mom, Elisabet Davidsdóttir, is a mannequin turned photographer, and his stepfather, Michael Nevin, owns the Journal Gallery in TriBeCa. He discovered the way to play keyboard and use the recording software program Logic Pro X at a younger age, and uploaded his first beginner beat to YouTube when he was 7.
In 2020, when he was a highschool freshman, he compiled a dream checklist of musical collaborators and messaged them on social media. Four months later, Bryan Simmons, an Atlanta producer who goes by the identify TM88, used one in all his melody loops on “Dead Wrong” by EST Gee. “Once you have that first breakthrough placement, a lot of people will start to want to work with you,” Mr. Bigisson mentioned.
Latest venture: Last 12 months, by way of Instagram, Mr. Bigisson messaged the producer JW Lucas, who appreciated his sound and requested for melodies for a attainable Kanye West observe. That’s the very last thing Mr. Bigisson heard till February, when he tuned into Mr. West’s “Donda 2” listening get together. “About an hour into the livestream, I started hearing my melody being played out loud,” Mr. Bigisson mentioned. “It was absolutely one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.”
Next factor: Between homework and lessons, Mr. Bigisson is engaged on “melodies, background drums and synth sounds” for Da Baby, Toosii and Tyla Yaweh. He has sturdy opinions concerning the state of mainstream music. “I would really like to go outside of the box and add an experimental aspect to hip-hop because I think hip-hop is so generic these days,” he mentioned.
All that jazz: Although his focus has been on hip-hop and R&B, he needs to increase his sound to incorporate pop and jazz rhythms he has picked up because the drummer in his college’s jazz band. “Obviously, hip-hop is inspired by jazz,” he mentioned. “So I don’t really feel any need to limit myself to one genre.”