For fans of purely emotional and personal driven lyrics with a fun pop-folk rhythm! Connects with his fans and audience in a down-to-earth, straight forward and personal manner. Kory Hilpmann is an unsigned, indie alternative folk artist who writes from the heart. His strongly piano driven music stems from his love of Ben Folds and Billy Joel. The genre is a delicate balance of piano rock, alternative folk, and pop piano. With a mostly upbeat tempo and positive message, Kory’s songs are fun, feel-good songs great for car rides and live performances! Kory is a 23-year-old, solo artist, from Oakland, NJ who began his musical journey in middle school playing video game themes on a small unweighted Casio keyboard. He is mostly self-taught but went on to take lessons to learn how to read music well and went on to study classical piano at Elizabethtown College. “I was never a “conventional” classical musician who started at a young age, but I taught myself piano and guitar for fun and to song-write”. Kory played keys for a Christian rock band throughout high school and continued performing and song-writing up, throughout, and after college.
Kory writes and records with mostly acoustic instruments and produces a warm “homey” laid back sound with an acoustic piano, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and homemade percussion samples. His writing often features time signature changes and unique time signatures such as 7/4 and 3/4-5/4 progressions. His lyrics are honest and true and built upon personal life experiences and thoughts. "Most of my songs are either love songs or heartbreaks, but occasionally you get lucky and it's somewhere in between."
“My new EP, Whispers After Dark, is a collection of acoustic, solo instrument songs, quite frankly some of the first songs I ever wrote, from years ago that I’ve now reworked, arranged and produced for a “full band” sound. The songs range over the course of 3-4 years of my life from about sophomore year in high school to my sophomore year in college. Some are love songs and some are about personal growth and awareness. I originally wrote and arranged Lost In Your Eyes, Wounds, and I Don’t Need Your Help for the piano and NTMTA (Not Too Much To Ask), Missin’ You, and Anger Free for the guitar. Then I wanted to meld the piano and guitar together and write parts for both! All the instruments are acoustic on the album except for some software bass in Lost In Your Eyes and some software drums on Wounds and I Don't Need Your Help.
Louis Elton and I recorded some cool homemade percussion samples for the rest of the tracks including a unique cajón/ bongo sound created using a wooden bar stool with a leather notebook attached to the seat. We recorded a foot stomp on my dining room floor for our kick drum, as well as claps, snaps, and cigarette lighter flicks for the snare sounds. You will also hear some light tambourine, both tapping and spinning, from a tiny strap-on foot tambourine I own, and a tiny keychain shaker we used. We also used live sample recording of crickets and my stream in my backyard recorded on my iPhone one night. That became the background track to Anger Free. Lastly, in Missin’ You at about 2:08 in the song you will hear a live recording of the firehouse siren in Oakland, just before the guitar solo, that was captured by accident during one of the vocal recordings and we quick stopped everything and made sure we got the fire siren. One cool recording bit we did, was use a kick drum mic for the low end of the acoustic piano. It really brought out some cool and thick bass piano sound!
For Fans of: The Lumineers, Bright Eyes, Seabird, Ben Folds, Theo Katzman, The Head and the Heart, and Kurt Vile.