My first encounter with Kahone Concept (think: cajón) was in 2017 at the Sound Scene Express Awards at Spirit. He was performing alongside Starship Mantis, Wreck Loose, Kayla Schureman, and Honey (now Rave Ami). He was also up for Best EP that night for his release Towers, which you can find on his Bandcamp. His performance was tight, with impressive effects and a lot of energy. I never forgot the name, nor the way the audience was absolutely captivated.
Now, Ben Orrvick, the solo pop artist/producer from Pittsburgh is in regular rotation on the X with his single, "Maybe," part of this year's Hometown for the Holidays. His process started in his teenage years - he wanted to start a band, but found it difficult to find bandmates. He took it upon himself to teach himself a variety of instruments and continued to write, record and produce on his own. He named his project Kahone Concept after a cajón he made in woodshop. His professional bio explains, 'The name ... fits the ethos that surrounds his music: 'it’s important to find significance even in the smallest of things; we each find our own significance. It’s what gives us purpose.'” (Kahone Concept)
Kahone Concept, who has shared stages with the likes of Vérité, Mt. Joy and Weathers, is incredibly active on his social media platforms (included below). His song, "Maybe," garnered attention on TikTok, while his Twitter and Instagram are constantly updated, whether he's sharing insight into his process, or simply engaging with his audience to tell them how he feels about cringe-worthy classics. He's as entertaining online as he is in person/on stage.
The Hometown song also made its way into Pittsburgh City Paper - Jordan Snowden reviewed, "Maybe," earlier this year, which you can read here.
Kahone Concept will be releasing a new single, "Hylow," on January 8th, which is available for pre-save now.
Thumbnail courtesy of Kahone Concept.