K-Ottic carves his career out of chaos
Local hip hop artist K-Ottic may be on the cusp of something big, but inside he’s simply a local Auburn boy — a friend, son and brother.
Kenny Giacomini and his family, including his mother and brothers Brayden and Ryan, moved to Auburn when he was in elementary school.
With an unyielding interest in music, he taught himself how to play the piano and guitar by the time he was 14 without any formal lessons or training.
While attending Bear River High School he started composing songs and performing under the nickname K-Dogg with the help of then classmates Sunnie Williams and Quen Godboult. Now in his final year at California State University Sacramento, the English major and Roseville resident is taking his passion to the next level.
“Majoring in English has a lot to do with writing music, but I’m also interested in other authors and how they’ve expressed themselves through time,” Giacomini said. “Whether they were successful or not, and even if they are long gone. Shakespeare has been one of my biggest literary influences.”
His older brother, Ryan Giacomini, said Kenny has always taken his music seriously.
“He wanted to increase his professionalism in the industry,” Ryan said. “Make his (stage) name more professional. So he changed his name to something more meaningful to him.”
The change to ‘K-Ottic’ happened about a year and a half ago.
“I do things a little differently than everyone else, Kenny said. “The Chaos theory suggests that small changes in the initial state are what cause huge differences in the outcome. The smaller changes I’ve made have made huge differences for me later. So I changed my name based on this theory.”
Ryan helps to manage Kenny’s career and is his biggest fan.
“I’ve never seen anyone work as hard as Kenny does,” Ryan said. “He works two jobs, goes to school, and is completely dedicated to his music. He has no formal background yet he writes, performs and produces his music all on his own just because he loves it.”
And the admiration goes both ways.
“My brother Ryan came out of a small high school and got a baseball scholarship. He did more than what was expected,” Kenny said. “He’s always been supportive no matter how good (or bad) I was. My family and both of my brothers, Ryan and Brayden, have always believed in me.”
With music produced in the hip hop genre, Giacomini prides himself in making meaningful lyrics and “real” content.
“I take a newer approach to story-telling,” Kenny said. “The truth. With my content I tell the truth about my life or ordinary life. I make it interesting with beats and music so people will pay attention to it.”
According to Ryan, it’s not your typical rap music.
“His lyrics are meaningful and positive,” Ryan said, “My Shot was written specifically for Ace of Spades. It’s about how much work he’s put into getting to this point. To achieve the break of performing at this venue. It’s about not giving up.”
From here, Giacomini hopes to grow and to build a fan base in northern California.
“You know, build a local fan base including San Francisco and Reno,” Kenny said. “I like being a local. I like going out and selling tickets. Building a legacy is important. And starting with my community is what I’m all about. The truth is when I do eventually die I’ll leave behind my music.”
Such as his music says, “One day I’ll be bones in a box but my soul lives on every time you touch play.”