KUNAISKILL is a rising talent out of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Once riddled with depression and hopelessness, Miami-based producer Ebaniez met KUNAISKILL through mutual friends while he was visiting Honduras. From there the two linked and Ebaniez began to send KUNAISKILL beats to express his artistic talents over. Fast forward to two years later and KUNAISKILL has arrived at the scene with his debut EP, 'Out Of Nowhere.' Taking inspiration from indie pop, grunge, and emo-rap, the five-track project exudes the virtuoso abilities of KUNAISKILL as he sings and raps about his past relationships, going through various emotions and feeling lost.
Introducing us to the body of work that is “Out of Nowhere,” KUNAISKILL radiates a unique clarity in his vocal delivery on the EP’s introductory single, “School Days.” Melodically performing over mid-tempo instrumentation that pulls your attention towards the layers of distortion speaking to the complexity of the composition, KUNAISKILL conveys heartfelt messaging through his songwriting techniques that gracefully ease us into the quintessence of this project. ‘Since I was a kid, I was a misfit,’ is the lyrical motif that allows us to get to know the artist emerging from the underground rap scene with his emotionally intriguing expressions.
Transitioning into a dark representation of up-tempo vibrancy, the reverberated essence of KUNAISKILL on “Long Time No See,” has him articulating his sentiments in a bilingual presentation of the English and Spanish language. A mind-altering spirit surfaces from the effervescent beat structure as we become fixated with the distant resonance of the bass sitting in the composition in all of its glory. Delving into a variety of cadences in the realm of icy and slick, KUNAISKILL has us up and out of our seats while implementing emcee-like verses and the prevailing nature of his timbres repeating, ‘and we can party all night till 3.’
Third, on the tracklist we have the somber essence of “Used 2.” With the instrumentation taking full control through the live drum patterns offered up, versus the emphasis on mechanical patterns in Ebaniez’ DAW of choice, the liveliness is a refreshing take that assists in illuminating the melancholic lyrics shed by KUNAISKILL. Slowing the tempo to create an impactful moment of breathtaking nostalgia, we can’t help but transport ourselves into the buoyant universe of reflection through memories of our own. “Used 2,” focuses on the fortified relatability factors of KUNAISKILL as he has his audience gravitating towards his poignant renditions showcased on “Out of Nowhere.”
“Ghost Avenue,” follows the already versatile order that the tracks fall into as its overall conveyance serves up a fusion of the sounds formerly presented. The synth patterns seamlessly tie into the enticing hi-hats as KUNAISKILL’s vocals embed themselves into the center of this mix. Through a remarkable evolution of quick-paced rhyme schemes infiltrating our speakers, to the echoed croons pouring passion onto the bright instrumentation, we admire the fact that KUNAISKILL pulls out all the stops for a piece of this caliber. Reciting the lyrical motif of ‘going to be a lonely night without you,’ the accompaniment of such distraught lyrics blend with the portrayal of eclectic visual imagery in the vivacity executed in the overall arrangement.
Reaching the final moments of 'Out of Nowhere,' we are thrilled with the concluding track choice of “Lonely Night,” to close off the loose ends of this KUNAISKILL chapter. Eccentric piano chords take the spotlight in this Ebaniez beat as we are entranced with a slowly annunciated hook dipping into ominous timbres by KUNAISKILL. Quickly filtering those mystical harmonies with a direct touch down of Spanish verses that are performed at the speed of lightning, we come to realize that KUNAISKILL is the type of artist who doesn’t waste any opportunity presented to him.
Leaving his audience with the final moments of his lyrical techniques, KUNAISKILL proves that 'Out of Nowhere,' is an EP that will jump-start his career to come. When people hear this project from front to back, they will be surprised to know that this kid from Honduras came out of nowhere.
Congratulations on the release of your debut EP, “Out of Nowhere.” The versatility that you sprawl throughout this piece is remarkable! What was it like working with Ebaniez in order to produce a piece of work at a high caliber? Could you please take us into more detail on how you connected?
Thank you for your kind words! Working with Ebaniez is great! We get along pretty well and are like family at this point, but that doesn’t mean that we just fool around and not work hard on the material. We take our time to perfect every song we work on and pay attention to the details. We make two to three demos per song until it is where we want it, then we record the final version in the studio. Some songs come together more quickly than others, it’s a matter of the vibes that we feel at that moment. We actually met thru mutual friends while Ebaniez was visiting Honduras back in 2018. He heard that I was into music and we made “Lonely Night” in the first two hours that we met. He is currently living in Miami, so we are always sending each other beats and vocal samples to make songs.
What inspired the overall concept of this EP? What was your choice for releasing this project as a collection of songs versus the single-release approach that is sweeping the industry?
To be honest the inspiration for this EP was very spontaneous. The main idea was to show my versatility as an artist and not just any artist, but an artist from Honduras. A lot of the music that comes out of my country is very typical of the region or a lot of the same. I wanted to do something different to show that Honduras can produce artists that can transcend borders and reach more people. I want people to hear the EP and think to themselves, “Where did this kid come from!?” I will reply with the title of my EP, 'Out Of Nowhere.'
I had released two of the songs from the EP a few months before as singles. They were “Used 2” and “Long Time No See”. People really started responding positively and it was exciting to be able to release more music for the ones that were expecting it.
Out of each song presented on 'Out of Nowhere,' do you have a particular song that resonates with you more than the others?
I feel a connection with each song on the EP because each one contains a fragment of my mind and heart. If I had to choose one, it would be School Days because I feel it has that nostalgic euphoria of being in school and with your friends and having a crush. Those are the days that many people cherish.
You perform in both English and Spanish on this EP, which is outstanding. It added some brilliant contrast. Is there a language that you prefer creating in?
Most of my musical inspiration comes to me in English. This is because a lot of my favorite artists and the music I listen to is in English. However, each song gives me a different vibe and at the moment I usually go from either English to Spanish, and sometimes I use both.
If your audience could take away one thing from this EP, what would you want it to be?
I think I would have to say to them not to underestimate anyone, especially someone that comes Out of Nowhere. This EP is really just the beginning of KUNAISKILL and soon everyone in Honduras and hopefully throughout the world will know who I am.