“Do it for the art” | Interview with Creative Streamer KinoTheProducer
Since the beginning of The Emergence in April 2017, we’ve been working towards interviewing inspirational streamers and gamers to inspire you.
In our first interview, we talk to the incredible musician KinoTheProducer who has been streaming for nearly 2 years and producing music for nearly a decade!
Welcome to Emergence Anthony!
When did you start streaming and why?
I started streaming on June 6th, 2016. At first, it was just a way for me to bring something to Twitch that I felt it was lacking (and it still is, in my opinion). I wanted to be a music producer on Twitch. I had already been producing for 8 years at the time, and throughout that time I didn’t really have a source where I felt I could go and get help in real time. Yeah, there were YouTube videos and articles I could read, and I did that for years to learn more about my craft, but if I ever had a question, I couldn’t just be like “let me watch this person on Twitch” — because that didn’t exist online at the time. Once I became more comfortable with my craft, I felt it would be a good idea to bring that to Twitch.
I can only name a handful of producers who I see producing on Twitch on a regular basis. I hope to see that number continue to grow, because I feel it’s honestly a great way to teach. People can watch your workflow, affect your productions with suggestions and you’re able to hang out and chat with people the entire time.
Where did your username come from?
When I was thinking of names to produce under, the word ‘keynote’ stood out to me, it was a word the rolled off the tongue rather quick and the meaning struck out to me. A keynote speaker, for example, hits on a major theme while speaking — as a producer, I wanted my emotions to be the major theme that found a voice through my music. From a musical standpoint, the keynote is the note in which a key is based, which perfectly fit my production because I’m consistently behind a keyboard playing notes in. While bouncing names around with a friend, he suggested ‘keno’, but I didn’t like the association that the word had with gambling, so I decided against using that, and simply changed the ‘e’ to an ‘i’ and got ‘KINO’.
What is your earliest memory of gaming? Do you remember the game you played?
Playing Super Mario Bros. 3 with my aunt on her NES. We’d always go up to the cottage, go fishing, and then wind down with some Super Mario with her. Thinking back on it, she was a boss at it, haha! I remember we got her to a world she’d never gotten to in the past, and one small movement of the controller cable yanked the power cord out and we lost all our progress. It was a sad day for everyone involved.
Apart from that, the first console I ever owned was a PS1 and the games I played the most were Spyro: Year of The Dragon and Crash Team Racing.
What is your favourite memory or achievement on Twitch so far?
There have been a few that are up there but honestly, meeting the love of my life has no competition. Bekah and I met in another stream and quickly became friends, she was my first viewer, and later, my first mod when I started streaming. She loves me, as I love her, and she constantly keeps me on top of things and makes sure that I’m always working my hardest, something she isn’t required to do, but she does it anyway. We’ve now been together for close to a year and it’s incredible to think how our relationship started off of a random encounter in a Twitch chat. I can’t wait to continue to grow with her and our relationship.
After that, I would say being featured as Twitch Weekly’s Creative Spotlight back in August of 2016 was insane, as well as being raided by Bob Ross.
How long do your normally stream for?
I normally stream for ~3 hours if I’m doing a music production stream, as working on the same track for a while and having headphones on is rather fatiguing to the ears. My streams where I find new music with the community sometimes go longer than 3 hours because I get pretty into it, and so do my graphic design streams on occasion.
How do you mix work/life balance and streaming?
Back when I was working with my dad, I had to limit my streams to nights only, because I wouldn’t be home during the day, but I took the past year or so off after he retired to focus on my music, so I didn’t really have to balance much with streaming in that period. It’s not like I would stream 10+ hours a day, my streams are pretty short in comparison to, say streamers that game for longer periods of time.
I’m going to be moving back to an evenings/weekends-only stream schedule once I start my full-time job in April, and between days where I’ll be streaming and work every day, I’m going to spend as much time as possible with my girlfriend and my friends.
What equipment do you use?
- OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i7–4790K @ 4.00GHz
- RAM: 16 GB DDR3
- Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE
- Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
- Monitors: 2 x 24" 1080p Monitors
- Webcams: 2 x Logitech C920
- MIDI Keyboard: Alesis Q88
- Drum Machine: Native Instruments Maschine
- Studio Microphone: MXL 770
- Speakers: 2 x Yamaha HS5
- Headphones: Sennheiser HD280 PRO
- Audio Interface: Steinberg UR12
- Talkbox: MXR M222 Talkbox
- FL Studio
Which tools do you currently live by on Twitch?
Honestly, the only software I really use while streaming is OBS, StreamLabs Chatbot, Voicemeeter and SMG Music Display (to show what song I’m playing when I’m in my ‘starting soon’ screen or while I’m finding new music!)
Which feature do you wish Twitch had that would change how you stream?
I think Twitch messed with the Creative section too much, there used to be much better ways to find Creative streamers in the past and I don’t know if they were trying to make it better, but the most recent changes to the community as a whole has made it feel harder to get new viewers finding your stream if you broadcast under the Creative category. I wish they would bring back what they had before the changes, it was perfectly fine in the past.
What advice do you give to others who want to start streaming?
Do it for the art.
First and foremost. If you’re doing it to get money or to get famous off of what you’re doing, it’s going to be difficult and you’ll likely be disappointed. The creative community finds it hard to reach new viewers, building a community around a niche creative talent is difficult. If, however, your main focus is to do it for the sake of showcasing your art and because the company of the chat is something you appreciate, then I’d say start streaming. You’ll still be able to get donations, and make money, and possibly even get famous off of it, but don’t start out with that mentality.
It’s disheartening to think “why aren’t people watching me”, especially if you feel you have a talent that isn’t often presented on Twitch. If you have the talent, you’ll be noticed, but just keep working on your craft for the sake of growing as an artist. If streaming on Twitch inspires you to continue to grow as an artist, do it. If you don’t think streaming would benefit many people, just know that there are many other people just like you who enjoy creating and watching others create, you just haven’t found them yet.
How do you let your viewers know when you are going to stream?
Every Sunday, I post my schedule on Twitter and in my Discord server. If there are any changes throughout the week, I update both of those places accordingly. I also tweet out and post on Discord right when I go live, so it reaches people who follow me right at the moment I start the stream up.
Who do you love watching on Twitch right now?
There are quite a few wonderful streamers I love watching as of late:
What are your future ambitions?
In terms of general life ambitions, my main focus right now is to move out with my girlfriend. In terms of musical ambitions, I want to score a film at some point, as well as make music for a game!
Scoring a film would take an absurd amount of time, but I honestly think it would allow me to grow quite a bit as an artist, working that long on capturing the emotions of a film through music would be an insane amount of fun to me.