Vincent Foley conducted this interview with Kevin Krauter on February 19th, 2017. Kevin is a musician living in Muncie who is active as one third of the trio makes up the band Hoops, and a solo musician in his own right.
VF: How did you first get into music and when did it occur to you that you could do it for a living? And how was the transition from hobby to job and has that affected your feelings towards your craft?
KK: I first got into playing music with my older brother when I was really young, like maybe 10 or 11. Then in middle school throughout high school I started playing in bands with my friends. I started writing and recording music in college, then Hoops put out our first tapes and started touring so we started taking it more seriously. When we got signed to Fat Possum, it started looking like this was something I could do full time and eventually make a career out of. Making the transition from music as a hobby to actual job was definitely rough and took me by surprise, but it was also really exciting and has led me to take myself more seriously as an artist and work a lot harder.
VF: How has your experience been in the music industry? We often here that record companies can be shady and exploitative of their artists. You mentioned Hoops being signed to Fat Possum, but I see that your two solo albums have been released under the Indiana label Winspear.
KK: I put out my first two releases with Winspear, and working with them has been really awesome. I’m on a different label now, but Ben and Jared, who run Winspear, are still managing me. They’re two close friends of mine, and it feels good to have them with me.
VF: My professor runs a blog called Middletown Music. He's really into bringing more attention to the Midwest and the music scene in Midwestern areas. Hoops is actually on the website. How would you describe the music scene here in Indiana? If you feel like getting more specific, how does it differ from city to city?
KK: I think the current wave of Indiana music is really cool. Every day I hear about a new band that some friends started or a cool show that’s happening. It’s nice to be a part of that scene. There’s some really cool stuff happening in Bloomington and Indianapolis at the moment.