Pittsburgh Artist Of The Week: Kahone Concept

KAHONE CONCEPT

Ben Orrvick likes to write about himself in a way that can appeal to others.

“Each song for me is kind of like a little journal entry into my life and my perspective where I’m at in that point of my life,” he said.

Orrvick writes and records music under the name Kahone Concept. That personal touch extends not only through the writing process, but the recording and eventual performance as well.

Orrvick enjoys being essentially a one-man show, but also knows that collaboration is sometimes necessary.

“One of the benefits is you get to make whatever you want, but the downside is that it’s kind of hard to bounce ideas off of yourself,” he said. “That’s probably the biggest downfall especially when you hear the same song a hundred times. Your brain melts to it. You’re numb to it.”

Sharing music before it’s finished can be a double-edged sword, though.

“Some songs, I’ll spend a lot of time on and I’ll think everything out, think the lyrics, and I’ll make it really well-thought out to myself and I’ll show someone that and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s alright,’” he said. “And then I’ll show them a song that’s a complete joke that I made in 30 seconds and they’ll be like, ‘Oh my gosh, you made that?’ It hurts.”

Orrvick doesn’t let that get him down. In fact, he’s recently started embracing the emotional rollercoaster that is life. His latest single, “Attention Addict,” deals with, well, dealing with your emotions.

“This song is about being human and accepting that we have emotions. That’s something I’ve been struggling with for a while. Most recently, I’ve really come to grips with it,” he said. “I was so afraid of having emotion and showing emotion and really opening up to people and being vulnerable. I was trying to justify the way I feel when, in reality, you don’t need to do that. If you feel sad about something, you feel sad. You don’t need people’s justification to feel the way you do.”

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