Today we’d like to introduce you to Kallaghan.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started music professionally in France, where I worked for music content companies and was one of the pioneers in Generative music with the start-up New Wave Labs. Additionally, I worked alongside companies such as Google, Ubisoft, Sony Playstation, creating music content for a variety of projects. I was also the lead singer of a rock band and started touring in both Europe and America. I fell in love with Los Angeles, where I would eventually move to and opened my first American studio, Kallaghan Studios. Now, I’m here in Miami, with another studio, and wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Recently, I became bi-costal. I’ve always had my eye on Miami and wanted to get started here somehow. It’s such a beautiful and inspiring city. I opened a recording studio in Wynwood last year, where I am hoping to build and cultivate a thriving art scene.
My latest project that I’m about to develop is a label called Grail Records with Christian Alvarez. This label will be the home of my own music as an artist, Kallaghan, and will release collaborations with artists such as Walshy Fire (Major Lazer), Ayo N Teo, Luke Holland, Ambrxse and more.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As many people can understand, the music business isn’t always a smooth road. You have to be ready for the high level of pressure and scrutiny. There are always going to be these monumental highs and incredibly difficult parts of your career. The hardest part for me was that, when I moved to the states, it was difficult as an immigrant to know my worth when I was getting into a new project. Any type of success is also very short, you are only as good as your last release.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
In 2015, I signed a publishing deal with Mothership publishing. It was an interesting experience. It made me understand how cutthroat the music business was in America. I have been lucky enough to have had the chance to hit the Billboard charts as a composer or producer seven times in the past four years.
This past year, I was fortunate enough to create a record label with my friend Christian. He truly understands the vision that I have and I couldn’t have found a better partner for this next venture. I really want the label to be focused on nurturing the artists that we work with. In the future, It is my hope that many great artists will be able to call this label home. My primary focus at this point in my career is my current electronic music project under the name Kallaghan. This is where I have been devoting the majority of my time and effort these last few months. I think at this point in my career; I have finally found a sonic that I can truly call my own.
I am most proud of the fact that while I started off as a singer in a European band, I have grown so much over the last decade and from that, have turned into a music content creator, a producer, and now an artist and label owner. I think my biggest accomplishments have been to be able to re-invent myself several times without breaking the bridges I have created on my previous projects. I always loved owning or running recording studios and I know its always a great hub where I can create new opportunities for my personal career as a producer or artist. I think one of my greatest assets has been the fact that I’ve always been able to write music from a variety of genres. I like taking genres and flipping them on their head, and to have them bend to what I want them to feel like.
I am French with years of experience in EU, UK, Ireland and Los Angeles. I have proven that I can write or produce any type of music and get in the charts, from Metal to Hip Hop and now, Electronic music. I have zero fear of failure because I know the journey is what really counts and what brings me joy. With the team that I have built and the music I am creating now, I know that in a couple of years, I’ll have a few songs that everyone will be dancing to. That’s how I am wired, I don’t like to lose.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love that everything is so close. I love the different Latin cultures creating the best food. The beach is always so close with beautiful people. Miami is brand new regarding a lot of music movements. When you come from a city like Los Angeles, it’s kind of a culture shock. Most people have no idea how the music business really works. But at the same time, it’s an amazing opportunity to create your own model.
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