Music Rapper Kris Adams. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Rapper Kris Adams. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

3 Questions with Kris Adams

Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

Kris Adams, 25, is a rapper performing at 10 p.m. Saturday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.

Q: What brought you to Des Moines from Austin?

I moved out here to work with my sister. I’ve always been pretty fascinated with the music industry and I thought it would be cool to combine forces with her. I do the creative, she does the business. In Austin I was more known as a producer; here I’ve been doing more performing.

Q: How does the hip-hop scene in Des Moines compare to Austin?

It’s hard to find a lot of other hip hop here, and when I first came I wasn’t finding the strongest sense of networking. That’s what Austin’s scene is built off of. But one of the first shows I saw here was Maxilla Blue, and they’ve become one of my favorite hip-hop groups in Des Moines. The indie scene here is lovely and the art scene is really beautiful. The pace is slower, but there’s a lot of untapped markets.

Q: What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up my second album, which I’m going to release with my first. I mix and master my own work, and I guess I’m too critical, but I didn’t really like how I mixed my first album. So I just put it to the side and started working on my EP, “Dark Matter,” then went to the second album. So I’m just going to release them all together. They should be out by Christmas.

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