MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Kevin Karl suspected he was destined for music despite everything he indicated, and now the composer of Mayoki, the Chihuahua, can claim a loyal audience even in the face of great musical temptations.
Few artists would dare to debut in an auditorium the same night that Daddy Yankee played his first massive farewell concert in Mexico City, but Carl did it to a sold-out audience at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional.
“It was unbelievable, we filled 10,000 people … It’s one of the most beautiful shows I’ve ever seen in my career,” Carl said in a recent interview in which he still remembers his first time in the auditorium. Was impressed with the concert. , “I said ‘they’re going to sell out all the tickets to go with Daddy Yankee, but no’ … All the songs, the 23 songs we sang, all of them.”
Carl, 22, is 26 seconds ahead of his twin brother Brian. He joined a regional Mexican music band when he was a child. Kevin played the tamboura and Brian the trumpet, they sang Sinaloan songs.
Kevin was in the band for four years, but when he was about 14, he decided to leave because the late night hours after performing at that age were too much for him. Brian continued for four more years.
Kevin recalled, “Since I had my heart broken by music, I felt I didn’t want music to be a part of my life anymore.”
During this period, Kevin practiced photography and became interested in directing music videos. At the age of 18, when they were still in high school, the brothers began covering regional Mexican music. Some of his performances were posted on Facebook and YouTube.
“I’ll throw myself on the bed and grab the guitar,” said Kevin. “I liked to de-stress that way, so slowly started coming back to music.”
Upon entering university, his mother encouraged him to study art, but Kevin was still hesitant about music and chose communication science.
“Weird because mom usually tells you the opposite,” Kevin said happily, remembering his mom telling him his true calling.
An important moment in the development of his career was finally being alone with Brian after years, having his own room when he was already studying communications, although they lived in the same student house. Kevin was still curious about developing music videos, but he didn’t want to misuse other musicians’ songs, so he decided to make his own track.
“I slowly started composing songs,” he said. The first work he completed that he thought worth publishing was “Baby Blue”.
When they started adding thousands of listeners, they invited Brian to play trumpet and be their second voice. Karl’s debut album “Until the End of the World” was released in 2019. This was followed by the “San Lucas” EP and their second album, “Paris Texas”, which was released in September. Carl was surprised that the audience at his concert in the auditorium knew the lyrics to “Paris Texas”.
The title of his most recent album comes from a film by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, but Kevin came across it specifically looking for a video featuring the music of his favorite band, Beach House. That’s how they found what a fan had created by editing excerpts from the song Beach House from the 1984 film “Paris, Texas”.
Wenders’ melancholic, desert imagery resonated with the music that Kevin was creating for his album and the visuals he envisioned for his music video, so he decided to take it as a starting point.
“That’s when I decided that this album was no longer about love or heartbreak, the same thing about my other albums, I said ‘this album is about everything that’s happening to me right now’ which is basically Have discussed with myself myself,” said Kevin, who said he would like to visit the real Paris, Texas featured in the film.
In this album Kevin, a self-confessed perfectionist, opened up more to collaborations in contrast to his earlier production. On “I Love You So Much”, he gave Brian the freedom to produce it. For “I Never Knew How to Take Care of You” and “Feel More” they ventured to send their tracks to Beach House producer Chris Coady, who played bands such as Blonde Redhead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio. Have also worked together.
“Just kidding I texted him and said ‘I have some songs, would you help me out?'” Kevin recalled of their first contact.
For “Tell Me a Scary Story”, she called on Spanish producer El Guincho, a collaborator of Rosalia and C. Tangana.
“It’s the most different song on the whole album because it’s very Gincho’s style,” he said.
The song “How I Love It”, one of the catchiest songs on the album, is inspired by one of his favorite songs, “Heroes” by David Bowie. “I think this is a song you should listen to while driving,” said Kevin. “That you are enjoying the night and the city streets.”
The video for the song, which has over 19 million views on YouTube, was written and directed by Kevin. Brian acts as if it’s his conscience and Kevin robs a store. The video for “Feel More” is a continuation, it was co-directed by Kevin with Alonso Casas and Juan Herrera.
Kevin and Brian have an elder brother aged 27 and a sister aged 24. The rude twin is Brian. “Everyone says so,” he said proudly. Like good twins, they often say words and phrases at the same time.
Growing up, school was a challenge for Kevin because he, like Brian, has Attention Deficit Disorder.
“Having an attention deficit and going to school is a good ass,” Kevin said in his raspy voice. “She always said ‘Why can’t I pay attention like the smart girl next door, why can’t I retain everything the teacher explains?'”.
He recently moved from Mayoki to the state capital of Chihuahua, but for now he has no interest in moving to Mexico City.
Kevin said, “At least my plan, I don’t know Brian’s plan, is to live my life in Chihuahua as much as possible, I really enjoy it.”
Kevin said he was happy for a moment of greater diversity in music, no longer having to be from central cities such as the capital, Guadalajara or the great northern city of Monterrey, to be able to stand out.
After performing at this year’s Vive Latino festival, Kevin and Brian will tour the United States coast to coast in early 2023, planning to visit cities including New York, Los Angeles, El Paso and Washington . He also has concerts in other cities in South America, Europe and Mexico.
They recorded material at their concert at the National Auditorium, and in January they will release two songs recorded in Dolby Atmos format exclusively through Apple Music.