Aaleyacis Kobana - Artist

  From the age of 4; Kobana remembers being drawn to music.  His mother would tell him that before he could walk, he would crawl over to the stereo, pull himself up, and began bouncing and dancing with the music.
     Music in the family home consisted of many artist considered old school by todays standards; they were, James Brown, Sam & Dave, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, gospel music and a host of others.  The real shift in his musical identity took place around the same time.
     His family had just moved into the house, they now called home.  The family next door happened to have a son that played keyboard in a funk band, and the band practiced in the garage.  The keyboardist was 12 years older than Kobana, but he had a younger brother right around his age, and they became close friends.
     Kobana and his friend would always ride their bikes and big wheels around, stopping in on the rehearsals.  Though not participating, they were allowed to listen.  As the band got better, the began gigging locally and overseas; it was at these time that Kobanas friend had total access to his old brothers items, so they would listen to his albums, and read his dirty magazines. 
     Unknowingly the music was penetrating Kobanas soul.  From the age of 6 to 15, all he had and wanted was funk.  He was introduced to Parliament Funkadelic, Sly Stone, and a little later into the 80's, The Gap Band, Brass Construction, Lakeside, Cameo, Ohio Players, and the list goes on.  He also had an aunt who was heavy in music, and when he visited her he heard, Isaac Hayes, Staple Singers, Temptations, Rick James and many more.
      During these times, into his 16th year, Kobana appreciation of music grew.  Integrated into a predominantly "White" school, Kobana developed a love for rock music.  His taste ranges from KISS, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, The Police, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, A/C D/C, Billy Idol and the list continues.  He also developed deep love for the classics, his favorites being Mozart and Gershwin.  However there 5 people who truly influenced his musical direction; George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Herbie Hancock, and Prince.
     At about the age of 12, Kobana's musical world was rocked once again, when he first heard, the first mainstream hip hop song, "Rappers Delight".  His friend suggested they write a rhyme, so they set to it.  When finished his friend stated for Kobana to spit his rhyme first, which he did,  after which his friend suggest they should go shoot some hoops, which was fine with Kobana, and he never really thought of rapping again, even though he continued enjoying all the new artist and songs that rap was creating.
     Fast forward to around the age of 23.  Kobana and a group of friends where kicking it, playing dominos, drinking and partying, when they started "free-styling" around the table.  When Kobanas turn to flow came, he relates that the words just poured out, and he continued spitting his verse for about two minutes straight, and at the conclusion, his friends told him that he was pretty nice at rapping.
     Being that he was older now, he had now developed a relationship with his keyboard playing neighbor and the other band members.  They drink, played and partied together, but even though they accepted him, he was still just that little kid to them, that had grew up some.
     It was the Early 80's when the band next door secured a deal with A&M records, through their affiliation with none other than George Clinton.  The band had met George when Parliament Funkadelic played the Long Beach Arena.  George immediately saw the raw talent, and took them and nurtured them into a band called "KIDDO".  KIDDOs stay at A&M records was brief.  It was the age of Prince.  Instead of allowing KIDDO to stay a "funk band", the producers moved them more towards "New Wave" and the Minneapolis sound.  They did two albums and made one moderate hit; but the true damage was done, when the band was introduced to cocaine, along with many other bands of that era, who would also find their careers in peril because of the white substance.  Needless to say, the next 6 years were a hellish nightmare drugs, which some did not survive, but then there were those who did survive.
     Once out of the stupor.  Funk music had virtually died.  Kobana being the youngest, was still into rap and hip hop.  He suggested they started making hip hop beats.  The keyboardist began expanding his skills, and through a friend, Kobana located his first group to work with.  It was three young men who had nice flow and worked well together.  The keyboard player brought in another friend to assist in production, and they produced a few songs for the group.  The band decided to return to Japan and make some more money to continue.  While they were in Japan,  the hip hop group took the demo project to Warren G., and the rest is history; they became the Dove Shack.
Though Kobanas passion was also to rap, he sat back and learned from the kids, since he started his rap career later in life.  From listening to the kids and the Gangsta rap they were spitting vs. the original rap styles, Kobana knew that no matter what, he would continue to evolve with rap till his time came.  In the mean time he pick up Kashifs book "Everything you need to know about the music industry"; he did not realize at that time that it was preparing him to be able to gather and organize resources to become not only the artist, but leader of his organization that he needs to be.
From that book to many books, he continued study and learning the business.  At this time his girlfriend became pregnant, eventually they married, and Kobana began living and working in a different location, and along with the added responsibilities, he let rap rest.
A few years later, a younger friend ask Kobana if he would be interested in getting in a rap group;  He spoke with his then wife, and she said go for it, and he started the journey that has brought him to today. 
The group did not last long, nor did his marriage.  During a break up with his wife, he went back to live with his mother, bringing him right back next door to his neighbor, friend, mentor, keyboardist.  By that time his neighbor had begun working with many hip hop artist from all over.  He was glad the Kobana was back in the fold.  Soon after Kobana moved back home, the keyboardist little brother also moved back home, so there they were; Kobana suggested they should write a song,  they did, this time seeing it all the way through production.  They came out with a song many people were liked; but never released it.  Though Kobanas neighbor was a good rapper, he never really saw himself as a rapper, thus there was no follow up to that song.
About six months later, Kobana and his ex made one last try at it.  They moved into a house big enough for Kobana to use one of the bedrooms as a studio.  For the first time in his life, he purchased his own workstation, keyboard and beat machine, and set in working to become the best rapper producer he could.
Once he became comfortable and got better at recording, he began inviting some of the rappers he had gotten to know on his return trip home.  He worked with them, they made a few songs and Kobana got more experience, however this was just the beginning, the direction to take was still unfolding. 
When Kobana had returned home, there was a young rapper who came through the keyboardist home.  He came with a guitar player who had also grew up with the keyboardist.  The rapper said a rhyme, and Kobana liked it.  There was another rapper who was also there and Kobana suggested they all should do a song together, which they did and it turned out nice.  These years later, Kobana turned to these two individuals, and together they put out two CDs as "Central City".
They performed, worked and carried their campaign as far as they could, and then called it quits; this was 2005.
During this time Kobana continue raising his kids, working his 9 to 5; and wondering and planning his next move.
It was at work, when one of the vendors Kobana worked with asked him when he was going to get back into music.  Kobana had been thinking that If he ever was going to do a solo project he should get started, so he took the vendors question as confirmation, that it was time to start his solo project.
During the years with Central City, he had also worked as a promotor, to assure they had places to perform.  Now as he started his solo venture, he knew that everything fell on him.  At a time and age that most artist start giving up, Kobana was just finding himself and his sound.
He broke out his equipment, and with the help of his son, recorded a few tracks to get his timing, rhythm and flavor back.  After a few months he set out looking for a engineer to record his project.  After a few interviews, he finally found and settled on one, in whom he felt he could work with, and in 2014 they began work on his solo project.
By 2014 hip hop had took a few more drastic changes, but even though Kobana loves what hip hop is; those who grew up in his era, the 1st era of rap; they were and are having a difficult time understanding and feeling where rap is going; and that where Kobanas vision began; he would make a new album for the old school, so they can have a new artist and not br left out; he uses a motto of "old school; not dead school".
Over the coarse of about a year, he and the engineer completed six songs.  They were cool laid back songs, with old school flavor, but Kobana was thinking; its cool to give some old school flavor, however he felt new old school flavor is what was needed.  So he set out writing the songs that would become the soul of his CD.
Right after finishing the first song of the new project, tragedy struck, when a good friend was killed on the job in Utah while loading glass.  Kobana and a good friend, immediately went to be with him and his family.  Sadly he died, leaving behind two young daughters; more motivation. 
Once back from Utah they buried his friend, and Kobana retreated to the studio, 5 more new songs;  17 total.
Thus to this moment, Kobana continues to work and develop industry relationships and artist for his label Plush Records, as well as shoot short films that he displays on his YouTube channel; "Plush Entertainment Studio's".  Not only a performer, but Artist/CEO:  Aaleyacis Kobana

Aaleyacis Kobana

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The Album: "FUNKY BABY" - Available Dec. 1st 2017

The Single "Thrill of a lifetime"; available now.