An Interview with James Kahil

An Interview with James Kahil

A Look into the Music,Inspirations, and Life
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I talked with upcoming talent James Kahil. We talk music, inspiration, and life outside of music!

James Kahil’s music can be found on Sound Cloud. Be sure to subscribe to his Facebook and Twitter for more artist updates.

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So everyone has a starting point of how they got into the music business, how did you get into it?

I got into the business when I was about 10. Growing up I had a best friend named Kurt who played guitar and was in various bands, he was about 4 years older than me so I looked up to him heavily. I remember when I was 10 and he gave me my first ever Fall Out Boy CD. After hearing "Grand Theft Autumn" I instantly wanted to be a rock star. I bought my first guitar when I was 12 and started singing when I was 14. Singing came to me naturally, even though I wasn't the best, it was something I really enjoyed doing. Eventually I did the solo acoustic thing and got a band rolling. After playing my first show, I knew music was my route.

Pretty cool! Fall Out Boy is one of my all-time favorites and is a great choice for reference material when making music. Speaking of different styles, could you describe your own musical style?

I would describe my style as pop mix with RnB and rock. I love soul, I love pop-rock, I love rap, every song I try to incorporate a little piece of each genre into one!

Would you say this always your goal coming into this or was it something totally different?

Surprisingly no, my goal was to sing rock music haha. When I was growing up, I've always wanted to be a front man for a rock band but found myself on a different route as a solo singer. It wasn't something I'd expected, but I've really been enjoying the different route!

What would you say your inspirations?

I'd honestly say there are a lot of different things that inspire me. Family is one of them, of course. But the one thing that keeps me going is the thought of having to let my talent go. I've recently quit my job to pursue music full time. It's a scary thing to do but knowing that that's all I have now, pushes me every day. Sometimes you have to lose a little bit of sleep to get you to where you want to be. Another thing that inspires me is that I have a couple friends who I've seen work their tails off to get to where they wanted to be. One inspiration is my friend Ricky Smalling. I've known him since he was in 6th grade. I used to play QB in HS so we would work out every single day. From the evening to sun down, we would literally get bit up by bug’s every day. But now, to see him get a scholarship and become a starter at a big football college is incredible! It shows hard work pays off. That's inspiring. That's why I'm inspired every day. From myself to my family and friends. They help me push harder.

Awesome and very interesting, what is you say your taste in music is?

I'm a huge rap fan! I've been listening to a lot of Smino lately. He's incredible, blending so many different genres in one. I'm also a huge maroon 5 fan, Adam Levine is incredible. Fits in that pop rock category. I also love RnB, anywhere from classic to new age. Really just depends on the mood I'm in haha.

Who do you aspire to be like or as successful as?

I aspire to be like Adam Levine. To see how far he's come from being a rock band singer to becoming an icon is amazing. In my eyes the amount of success he's has now, is where I'd like to be in the next decade! From TV shows to making catchy pop tunes, Adam is for sure a role model of mine!

Everyone goes through low points in their careers, did you ever stop and just think “This is as far as I’m going to get doing this”?

Every day we all wake up with a little doubt, a little fear of not knowing.

After the band parted ways, I didn't know what to do. I went through a couple solo acts, released ep's but it didn't really feel right. After being a part of an independent record label, it made me doubt myself as an artist and a singer. I thought I wasn't good enough. There was tons of pressure to releasing a hit and music business stress that I didn't know about. It made me lose my love for it but after leaving, it made me stronger. Everything that I did wrong before, I've learned to fix eventually haha. I knew I would get this far but I didn't expect so many bumps on the road. There's still a lot of more bumps i haven't encountered but I'm ready for it.

What made you come to this conclusion that you wanted to make this a fulltime ordeal?

Ever since I played my first show, I fell in love with the rush. Being able to sing words you've written and having others connect to you, is the best feeling in the world. Everybody in this world is different, we all have different schedules, and different taste in food, different opinions but one thing that brings us all together is music. That's what I love about it. I can write a song about a bad experience I go through and someone else can relate to it. Just the thought of helping someone go through something, good or bad is a great feeling. I know music has helped me through a lot, I just want to do the same for others.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me a bit. Before we part ways can you tell us something fun or interesting about yourself?

My friends hate it but I eat my tacos with BBQ sauce haha. Growing up I hated hot sauce and salsa. It was so weird! So I would just use bbq sauce for my tacos. I literally eat BBQ sauce with anything even would dip my chips in it haha. It's a weird obsessions but it's my favorite!

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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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4 Books That I Have Been Recommended By My Students

I often get book recommendations from my students so I'm sharing some here.

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Today, one of my students recommended a book to me that I had never heard of before. I always maintain the fact that no teacher is ever so knowledgable that they themselves cannot be a student from time to time. Hearing an eager, young reader fiercely insist that I read their current favorite book was encouraging. To hear any student advocating for a book fills me with pride as I, myself, was an avid reader at their age.

The books that I have listed below are ones that my students have recommended to me over the last few months. They are surprisingly varied and even come from different genres. I am very thankful for my students and more than anything, I am thankful that they are excited enough to share their favorites with me.

1. The Serpent's Secret

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I was recommended The Serpent's Secret today when one of my students and I connected over our shared Indian heritage. She excitedly told me that I "have" to read the book because it is one of her favorites. She specifically asked me to watch out for interesting references to Indian sweets and snacks that are present throughout the book.

2. Robinson Crusoe

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Although this is an older classic that I had heard of and read before, I was mostly recommended this book by a majority of my students. I concluded that it was because they had most recently read this book in class. Nevertheless, I was excited by their apparent interest in the classics.

3. Treasure Island

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Treasure Island was the same for me when it came to being shocked by my students' apparent interest in more classic tales. When I asked the class what their favorite books were, more than half had a favorite book that was written more than 50 years ago or older.

4. Wonder

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This book was also recently made into a film, and the combination of the two made my previous classroom of students, from last year, particularly excited.

These are some of the books that my kiddos have told me about over time. Hearing what they are reading keeps me relevant and I get to understand my students at a different level. Book choices reflect personalities and identities, along with their interests. Knowing what they're reading and the fact that they are willing to share that with me increases the trust between us and helps form stronger teacher-student relationships.

I will be reading these books as soon as possible, and they will be the very tippy top of my reading list. I have also been sharing some of my favorite books with my students. I even brought a complete collection of Shakespeare's works to class today, which they each took a turn looking at. Oh, and also, the books that they share are always really fun!

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