Exclusive Interview With Coach Kendred

Exclusive Interview With Coach Kendred

Innovation reporter Antonio Dejesus has an in-depth look into Coach Kendred’s career as a music producer.

Q: How and when did you begin producing music?

A: Coming out of high school, and coming off of touring  as drummer in China for people like Kelly Price, my sister, the Gap Band, Jay Zee. I got tired of being on the road for six months, and then off the road for six months. So it just made more sense for me, and more security….. I almost got into a job, but then I had an encounter with a good friend of mine (Nokio from Dru Hill). He gave me this box, an MPC (music production controller). He said: ‘start learning how to make beats with this,’ and he gave me the MPC, and since then I’ve been using it to its full use to produce for everybody. So, that’s a pretty cool introduction into music production.

Q: What inspired you into music production?

A: One: I’m a drummer. I like to bang on stuff. And then, I have a lot of family in the music business. My uncle was one of the Hit Men for Bad Boy. Many hit records. My mom was a gospel singer. My dad was a bass player. My grandmother owned a record label. Everything around me was God, family, music. That was my model. That was my family. That’s what we do. Even when I didn’t want to do it, music was just something in my blood, in my family. I just had to step into it. So as I got older, I made a move and did the family business.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a music producer?

A: Understand the business that you’re in. You got a lot of dope producers that are out, but they don’t know about contracts. They don’t know about points and percentages. The don’t know about royalties. They don’t know about contracts, and all of those things that I mentioned are going to make you successful. Meaning, if you make a hit record, those points and percentages will determine how much money you make for the rest of your life. So if you’re no longer alive, your kids could eat off of this money, this success. But if you don’t know about it, and the record label knows you don’t know about it: what does that mean? You’re getting played. Someone’s got your percentage. So, know the business, just like you know your way around a studio.

Boys Town New York

Boys Town New York

Innovation and Boys Town have teamed up to provide counseling and parenting services to our students and their families, including Boys Town’s signature Common Sense Parenting Program®. Boys Town actively participates in the Innovation community, meets regularly with Innovation staff, and maintains an office at Innovation, staffed by trained Boys Town counselors.

Innovation Enrichment Week

Innovation Enrichment Week

Once a year, Innovation students get a chance to leave the classroom for a week or more to embark on credit-bearing project based experiential learning. This experience is at the heart of our mission, and allows our students to contextualize their education within the real world – in other cities, states, and countries!
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Past Enrichment weeks include: Discover Senegal, Puerto Rico – a Culinary Journey, Islands of New York, ReMix Arts, Software Engineering, Music Recording, Graffiti Arts, Florida Ecology, “Think Tank” – New Orleans Social Justice
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Innovation Cares!
Innovation Cares!

In March of 2016, Innovation embarked on its 6th annual Enrichment Week project-based learning program.
Over 400 students in 18 clusters engaged in true, project-based, experiential learning, in New York City and across the globe! Some highlights of the program included: Discover Brazil, Social Justice:NY to NOLA, Cycle Harlem, Conquer Spain!, Coding Virtual Reality, the REMIX project, and Innovation Music Recording Studio.

Congratulations to staff and students who conceived and carried out projects with great social, political and educational value, and that exemplified our core values of leadership, collaboration and social activism through Innovation!

Video Club

Video Club

Innovation is proud to be a participant in the PBS Newshour Reporting Labs.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs are classrooms, after-school programs and clubs around the country producing original, inspiring reports about how national and global issues affect local communities. Students work with our staff and industry professionals to gain insight on this career field. They gain real-life experience that is translated to the workforce.

Innovation’s Special Education Collaborative Video:

Software Engineering Program

Software Engineering Program

The Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) is a comprehensive, standards-aligned computer science and software engineering education program for grades 6 to 12. The goals of the program are: (1) to increase the number of high school graduates, particularly from traditionally under-represented groups, who are ready to enter new and emerging high-tech fields, and (2) to develop students’ computational thinking and problem solving skills in real-world contexts.

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Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Innovation is proud to feature a Culinary Arts program, where our students learn to create delicious dishes based on history, culture, and craft.

Innovation Athletics

Innovation Athletics

Innovation has a rich athletics program, including basketball, baseball, soccer, football, softball, and volleyball.

The Remix Project

The Remix Project

The Remix Project is an arts incubator and training program that is divided into four academies:
Recording Arts, Business Arts and Creative Arts. The Remix Project was created in order to help
level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served
communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative
industries and/or further their formal education. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of
young people in order to help them find success as participants.

 

For more information on The Remix Project head over to www.theremixproject.com