Kevin Miso. Photo by Chelsea Jeheber
The first time I saw Kevin Miso, I was hiding behind a rack of board shorts in a Quicksilver shop. Thankfully, this boy’s pretty smart, and he soon figured out that the awkward stalker girl was actually a shy writer girl. A lovely conversation followed, and I went home singing his praises along with his sophomore EP, Smile. Almost a year has passed since that night, so when Kevin arrived for our interview I was excited to hear about the sweet SoCal sounds he’d been conjuring up.
And has this man been busy! Miso has had quite the year, dividing his time between many different things: working on his first full album, a West Coast tour, two television appearances (a live gig on Good Day LA and a song placement on Necessary Roughness), a writing trip in Bodega Bay, and caring for his new son, little Kai. Yet with all the madness in his life, Kevin’s devotion to his music is still strong as ever.
“There’s a lot of material that I’ve been cataloging for the past year,” he said. “Like, 20 songs I’ve demo-ed.”
The songs vary in genre, a testament to Miso’s musical versatility. There’s the reggae track, “Let You Go,” the romantic “Little Things” (dedicated to Kevin’s wife) and “Sweet Love,” a song that Kevin explained with a sly little smile:
“It’s my first full sex song,” he said. “It’s about wanting to, you know, make sweet love.”
Miso also called “Sweet Love” his first “balls-out party song,” a foray into rock produced under the watchful eye of Black Crowes’ guitarist Marc Ford.
“I thought [‘Sweet Love’] sounded like a Black Crowes song, like ‘Hard to Handle.’” Kevin spoke reverently of working with Marc, as well as producer Warren Huart, who worked on both of Kevin’s prior EPs. It was clear as he spoke that this album is something he’s excited about, something he’s been looking forward to for quite some time.
“I’m 100% independent,” Kevin said discussing the distribution of his album. He’s looking to book a national tour soon, as well as shopping around for a label to represent him.
“I have the songs… I can cut them in two weeks,” he explained, “I want to do a real PR campaign.”
Kevin’s sunny California sound is one that strikes a chord here at home, and is sought after in other, less sunny states, so I can only imagine that Kevin’s star will continue to rise as he continues to tour. In the meantime, you can pick up Kevin’s music on iTunes, or catch him performing live at various beachside venues this summer.