By Jess Johnson | April 30th, 2011
After resigning from his job at a investment firm last year to pursue a journey as an solo artist, Kenton Dunson has been working diligently to cement his place within the crowded music scene. In that time, he has released not one, but two albums including Creative Destruction, which he released for free on his website. It happens to be one of my favorite albums to come out in the past year.
This is what Kenton had to say about the project:
The economic term Creative Destruction explores how products, services & processes are eventually replaced with those that are superior. I apply this term not in the economic context, but from the perspective of the artist. In choosing to become a full-on creative, you risk destruction pertaining to material well-being and respectability, both voluntarily sacrificed when focusing entirely on your craft. This is my experience communicated through this self-produced project. – Kenton Dunson
My favorite song off the album is easily “Momentum,” the lead track. The piano and guitar-infused instrumental, along with the soulful chorus, provides the backdrop to Kenton’s introspecting lyrics about where he his heading in his life. He is clearly hungry as an artist, and this song shows it. It is one of those “can’t stop, won’t stop” type songs that come out time and time again. This song (and songs like it) always serve as great motivators for those who are unsure of their current path, whether it is within music or another career. Remember, you just “got to keep that momentum, never ever slow down that tempo.”
If you like “Momentum,” check out his remix of John Legend’s cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” below. It gives the song the beat it deserves, and even a couple verses from Kenton himself. These tracks — and more — are available as a free download on Kenton Dunson’s Soundcloud.