We had the good fortune of connecting with Kahlil Nash and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kahlil, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I typically ask myself “Am I passionate about what it is/what I’m doing?” and if it really is my hearts desire, I continue and keep going until I reach my goal.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I recently started running a nonprofit that’s an open mic/jam session every Friday night! Are Instagram is @thegaragesandiego for anyone that wants to come join the community! On top of that, I’m finishing up a new production album that’s set to release this summer. I also spend a lot of time in the studio at the moment, producing/writing for/with other artists and for myself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d say make sure to try Mexican food at some point while you’re here cause if not, you’re just missing the biggest deal about San Diego. We typically have great music going on (precovid) at the local music venues like Lestat’s West run by Louis Brazier and Robby Robinson who runs the door and hosts the open mic, Soul Sunday’s at Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa hosted by Blake Dye, Black Xpression hosted by Khalifa Kovu, and if you’re coming in February, The Kuumba Fest at the Lyceum Theater, run by Dajahn Blevins. There’s so many ways to emerge yourself in the local culture and art scene here in San Diego!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother and father first and foremost because they have been there to help give me the tools to be as successful as possible. I don’t know what my career would be like without them and their encouragement. But there are so many other mentors and teachers to mention that I’m afraid it would come out to be larger than a two hour set list.