Quite a unique stage name. How did it come about?
Kysh came from a role I played in a certain high school drama. From then on, the name stuck with me to date. My friends and fans like calling me Kysh but the Kenya govt recognizes me as Michael Robert Ouko named after a famous and upright Kenyan politician.
Does that mean you started your music career while in high school?
No no no, I was nicknamed Kysh while in high school but my music career started when I was only 6years old. This was while I was in nursery school in Kisumu. I consider it more of a calling and talent since few people start their career at such a tender age. I’m still based in Kisumu where I have managed to diversify on my talent. I’m now the CEO and founder of Kisumu fashion week, a fitness zumba instructor, fashion designer and a professional dancer
You must be a very busy man. What’s your genre and how many songs have you released?
I consider myself to be an afro pop musician. My fashion designs also tend to mimic this afro pop culture. I have 4 singles out, “eyesore”, “gimmie gimmie”, “free” and “right now”. My music can be listened to at Reverbnation.com@Kysh SoundCloud.com.@Kyshofficial and Mdundo.com@Kysh
I record all my music at Bermuda Records and One vibe Africa Studios. I’m currently working on my album titled “EYESORE” which will be out in a few months time.
Who is your role model in your career or in life generally?
My main role model has to be God. In the music industry it’s Ciara and Jay Sean.
Your fans definitely have their own views about your music. Whats your fans’ reactions to your songs?
My fans encourage me a lot. They are so positive about what I do but can be critical at times. They always ask where next I’m performing and lash out at me whenever I trip with my music. They keep me grounded.
Any challenges in your career?
Challenges in the Music industry vary a lot especially when you are from Kisumu. The major one being lack of opportunities and platforms to show what you can offer. Finances that goes into production, countless trips to Nairobi to get yourself heard on bigger platforms and promoters who cone artists are just but some of the challenges.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Just after an amazing show, as I was walking off the stage, I fell down. Good thing is the crowd took it lightly and cheered me on