My name is Kobe Jordan Provost, I am a Native American of the Ihanktonwan Yankton Sioux Tribe from Vermillion, SD. I have lived here my entire life and I proudly say that I am from a small, rural South Dakota town. I am 21 years old and have had quite a wonderful life so far. I first knew I wanted to be a musician ever since I discovered I had a voice. I have always been singing whether it be at home, at school, or in the car listening to the radio. I picked up my first instrument in middle school when I joined band and was placed in the percussion section (because I couldn’t play any other instrument haha). Although I played drums/percussion it wasn’t until the next year that I would receive my first guitar. I have never taken lessons for either singing or guitar so everything that I know how to do musically I taught myself to do. Fast forward to 2014-15 in my senior year of high school when I first picked up and started to hone my craft and what I do live now. I had just started listening to Ed Sheeran and watched videos of him playing live and he was doing something I had never even heard of or seen any other musician/band do. He was using what is called a loop station and I was so intrigued by it I had to get one. I got my first loop pedal (the same one Ed actually began using) the BOSS RC-30 and I just focused on learning his songs and replicating them to the best of my ability. I started using the loop station out of both curiosity and intrigue but as well as taking music into my own hands. I had been in countless cover bands with musicians that didn’t quite take it seriously so I decided I’d start writing and playing for myself. I’ve only been writing songs solo for the past 2-3 years (that being actually good sounding songs) but I’m happy with where I am at with my sound, skill, and confidence. My live show/set now consists of using an arsenal of instruments which is my acoustic guitar, a keyboard working through a DAW on my laptop, a sample pad, and a secondary mic all going to a small mixer which then goes to my three-track loop station. For this Celebration of Music performance in particular though I stripped away about half of my setup for a stripped version of “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes. I don’t see myself giving up on this for at least 10-15 years and that’s what I’m going to do. I am still performing as much as possible and writing every day even if it’s just a tiny bit. Last bit I’ll say is I have a single that I released back in May 18 called “Translucent” and that is only a little taste of what I have in store for the music industry.
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