For K.One aka Kaleb Vitale, this is the stuff dreams are made of. His rapid rise from relative obscurity to one of the most prolific hip hop artists in the country is uncompared and his success so far in his short time in the industry has taken others a whole career to achieve. But it’s far from over…
Hailing from the small town of Masterton, K.One who is of Pacific Island and European decent, has a background somewhat different to his industry peers who surround him. Making a living as a forestry worker for 7 years, he knew the meaning of hard work. It was this same hardworking ethic that he applied to his life long passion for music, which lead to him honing his craft and eventually recording a demo that he submitted to labels. The very same demo that caught the ear of CEO and founder of Illegal Musik, Mark Arona. Who in turn began to work silently with the small town rapper, building his skill until he was at a level to unleash on the nation.
The rest is what is most commonly referred to as ‘History.’ He tasted chart success within months of his release, playing part in his label mate J William’s top 5 single ‘Night Of Your Life’ who then returned the favour on K.One’s biggest hit ‘She’s A Killer’ which stayed in the charts for a lengthy 10 weeks straight. Add another Top 40 single, a Top 20 debut album and countless features to the list, he had gained significant mainstream success. Something that had been a rarity in recent years, ever since the glory days of NZ Hip Hop. The future had arrived and K.One soon became one of the most heard voices on radio, no stranger to TV and performing in front of thousands became a thing of the norm. With co-signs from local legends he found himself in a tour bus or studio working with the very same artists he had idolised and aspired to be like back in his hometown.
Over the past year, K.One has had the opportunity to hone his craft even further, more specifically the live aspect, getting a reputation of being one of the busiest artists around. Spending a majority of his time on the road touring the country as well as overseas, he is considered one of the best in the game on stage. Japan & Australia have both had a taste of what he’s capable of and it’s only a matter of time before he takes his talents globally.
With his sights set on the international market, 2014 promises to be a huge year for K.One. Something that he greets with open arms.