Klassik Performs on MilMag Live

“Making music gives me a sense of purpose.”

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Local musician and rapper Klassik joined Milwaukee Magazine Editor and Publisher Carole Nicksin for a livestream lunch Monday.

Klassik talked about his artistic career and his inspiration for his recent album, QUIET, which was released in November.

“Making music gives me a sense of purpose,” he said. 

Klassik, whose given name is Kellen Abston, began playing the saxophone in the fourth grade and continued throughout middle and high school. He said that growing up, his parents introduced him to a wide range of music — from Prince to Tchaikovsky — that influenced his own style.

“Jazz has been my ultimate foundation and was my introduction into being a performing musician,” Klassik said. 

He also discussed his experience with depression and the death of his father, which inspired some of the themes of QUIET.

“This is an album of introspection,” he said. “The concept came from that desire to find that peace because there was disruption and there wasn’t balance.” 

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Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.