Photography by Kia LaBeija
“Use the tools you are gifted, to create something new.”
Kenn Michael creates music and film with a purpose. If you grew up watching the motion picture Boomerang, you may recognize Kenn as one of the kids that worked with the character played by Halle Berry in an art class. He was creating then and continues to create now. Kenn first gained star-level recognition in the mid to late 90s when he starred as Michael Peterson in Robert Townsend’s The Parent ‘Hood. He’s a New Yorker and his work takes from the eclectic nature of the city. “I was born in New York City. Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I lived in New York City; Hoboken, New Jersey; and Stamford, Connecticut,” Kenn says. “Tri-state area represent!” Kenn works in various medium to take his art into uncharted territory. “My craft is wide-ranging: composer and musician, visual artist (filmmaker), and computer scientist (programmer and designer),” he says. “I love using both sides of my brain intensively to provide that perfect balance of art, science, and technology.”
“I’m excited about the film and tv content I have in the pipeline. I love watching things that not only inspire but introduce a new thought. Something that didn’t quite exist as a concept in my mind until I saw it on screen.”
The TV shows he’s developing deal with “energy, spirituality and human evolution.” The music he’s creating uses a new “software instrument” that will revolutionize the way music is produced. He built it himself. “It allows the composer or producer to use sacred frequencies and sacred geometry to augment the audible experiences with restorative qualities. It’s healing music,” he says. Kenn’s beautifully arranged electronic music warrants the attention of music fans outside of the genre, particularly classical music fans. On his SoundCloud, he uses the hashtag #electrorchestral to explain his atypical sound. Take for example, “wakenWhisperer.” The record is a journey into a thumping galactic pit of luscious strings and chords. His music has the ability to spark creativity and imagination. Kenn’s ability to create this impression is nothing short of incredible.
Kenn has bigger ambitions for his instrument other than just music. “I want to turn my custom therapeutic sound instrument into multiple products and apps for consumers,” he says. “I believe there is an emerging market in this space. Since it’s a passion of mine, I want to contribute to that conversation.”
Like many filmmakers and musicians, Kenn is inspired by what he sees and hears. “I’m excited about the film and tv content I have in the pipeline. I love watching things that not only inspire but introduce a new thought. Something that didn’t quite exist as a concept in my mind until I saw it on screen,” he explains. “That’s the kind of content I like to make as well. So, if that’s what you like to watch, you’re gonna love what I’m cooking up!” We’re excited to see what he cooks up, indeed.