How’d you come up with your name?
Growing up, I loved graffiti and street art so I came up with Kero as my alias when I was 15 and have stuck with it ever since. Kero is an acronym for “Kinetic Entity Resurrecting Origins” – in my art I always try to look back to the pioneers and how it originated to gain inspiration. The “One” at the end was just a formality graffiti writers used to signify who was the first to use the name..the ghetto copyright.
How does your on-stage style differ from your off-stage style?
I tend to dress up more for stage but still keep to a look that reflects my personal style, like wearing a traditional pocket square in non-conventional ways. Off-stage, I’m more casual and tend to go through phases that are somewhat affected by the unpredictability of the Bay Area weather system. Lately I’ve been into the fitted puff vest and a flannel shirt for those chilly San Francisco days or a wax parka with a chambray button up and some Sperry top siders for when the rain comes.
We are all about “Authentic Inspiration” – What styles do you like best from Lands’ End Canvas?
BROWN – Men’s Austin Boat Chukka Item # 40013-9X79
Light Navy – Men’s Heritage Striped Chambray Work-shirt Item # 39930-2XA2
Brick – Men’s Slim Fit Chinos Item # 39169-1XA4
Men’s Rain Parka Item # 40073-2XA9
Men’s Washed D-ring Web Belt Item # 38828-3XA0
Canvas 1963 Denim Tote Item # 40160-2XA7
Lands’ End Canvas designers take their cues from everything from architecture to style icons. What was your inspiration for your featured song in New Music Now?
The song “When the Sunshine Comes” is about falling in love, experiencing tragedy but ultimately finding hope with an unusual twist at the end. So the overall feeling of the song is of warmth and sunshine. I drew inspiration from an outdoor bbq in the park with friends on a warm summer night, a smokey jazz club with vintage instruments, as well as personal experience and the loved ones in my own life.
What sets you apart from the other bands out there?
Every musician is special in their own way. For me, I love using my lyrics to tell stories and paint pictures. I also like to be a part of every song from the inception of the idea to the writing and recording of lyrics all the way to production (playing some of the instruments myself), engineering, and mastering. And jazz, I love to infuse jazz into my music!