Introduce yourself(tell about yourself & who you are)
Hello, my name is Noah Kennedy. I am a full time music producer, audio engineer, and member of the Hip Hop collective NOISEDWNSTAIRS.
I work with a series of artists in the LA area, focusing on mixing, mastering, and live sound, and I am also a part-time associate of Blowhole Productions.
What inspired you to get into the music industry?
Music has always been a very important part of my life. My dad is a musician, he played in a series of bands along the years, and my mom is also very talented singer, among many other things. Growing up, whether it was being apart of a session in my family’s home studio, or being introduced to a fantastic range of artists, there was never a time I wasn’t surrounded by music.
I started to take interest in the industry about a year before starting high school, and began to record friends in my studio for a small fee, taking the role as an audio engineer. Throughout my time attending Hamilton High School, I joined their Music Technology program, studying music production, which led to earning my Pro Tools Certification.
Since high school, I’ve been working as a freelance engineer, recording with a variety of local Los Angeles artists, along with working live sound for concerts, weddings, and religious events.
What are some words of wisdom you live by everyday?
I try to stay authentic to myself as unapologetically as possible, and try my best to find comfort being uncomfortable.
What are some goals you have in life you’d like to complete?
As an artist, there is never a time I lack the drive to create. This summer specifically, I plan to release a large amount of songs and material with my group NOISEDWNSTAIRS, play shows throughout Los Angeles, and possibly start to piece together our debut album, to follow our EP release “Table For Four.”
Down the line, I would like to open my own studio space, beginning to focus on recording and producing, and eventually branch out to artist representation, along with multimedia production. Besides audio work, I’ve always been fascinated by film, and the abundance of opportunities that combine both worlds. Whether I’m mixing sound for films and tv, editing live performance and music videos, or directing short films, I’ll always have a means to express my passion for art and creation.
I can go on and on. I’m very passionate about this line of work, and hope to one day experience it in its entirety!
What are some struggles you faced to get to where you are now?
Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with my confidence. Whether it applied to the way I look, the way others perceived me, or even the quality of my work, I felt I continuously lacked assurance in myself. I’ve been working hard to overcome this though, and doing so has allowed my to branch out, and find so many amazing people and opportunities within my line of work. Having access to these opportunities have also assisted me in finding certainty in not only my skill set, due to the time I’m given to strengthen my abilities, but also the way I look and present myself around my peers. Although there are times when this issue still remains, I feel like I’ve grown tremendously in the past year, and look forward to continuing to do so.
What was your childhood experience like and how did it get you to where you are now?
As I mentioned before, I grew up in a very musical household. There was rarely a time when I wasn’t surrounded by live music, or music coming from a stereo or turntable. I started playing music myself at a young age, beginning with a few piano and guitar classes, which ended shortly after my introduction to dance. My interest in dance sprouted from my admiration for Michael Jackson, and after a short time, I became very passionate about it. I took a large range of classes including tap, ballet, modern, jazz, and especially hip hop. I very quickly fell in love with hip hop dance. From its extensive and fascinating history and music, to its beautiful ideals of community, I really found comfort in being able to express myself through movement. It was really the music that was getting me moving though. Dance gave an entirely different outlook toward music, and I believe it played a crucial part in driving my interests to this day.
Last question what else would you like to tell the world about you?
I absolutely love all forms of art, and I’ll never stray away from collaborating on a creative project. Hit me up, I’m around if you need me.
Also keep an eye out for NOISEDWNSTAIRS…