Born in Kokomo, IN on September 3, 1982, Rod grew up in a plain midwest town with the pressures of being a first-generation Korean-American. He made every opportunity his own and gained his experience from whatever he could challenge.
However, seeing the world outside, Rod aspired for dreams beyond the cornfields and assembly-line jobs. With a hunger for more than a small town could offer, Rod ventured to Greenville, IL to attend Greenville College in the fall of 2001.
While taking advantage of every opportunity that the music department had for him, Rod made many friends and learned all his environment would allow him. He had become a photographer with credits to the likes of Roxie Randle, thirstborne, Urban Derivatives, Solafide, Augustana, Singapore for America, Pennington, Josh Rocha, and Slingshot 57. Rod had also become the manager of the blues/hip-hop group Urban Derivatives. He worked with many artists in the studio as well, such as: Tara VanZanten, Adam Christopher, Jesse Pennington, Trinka Krause, Chasing Amy, Rebecca Hayes, Ashley and Hillary Lambert, Terrard Robinson, Abi Bollinger, Derrty Ent., NovaChild, Urban Derivatives. Rod also took on a role as the webmaster for Greenville College's Multicultural Office Website. He was also an executive board member and Head of Marketing of Blackroom Records for three years.
Rod is also an accomplished keyboard player, songwriter, and singer. While maintaining all of these things in his life, Rod managed to live a (relatively) normal student life.
Rod has now lived in the New England region as well as an extended time in Nashville, TN. Rod is an active member of the performing rights organization, ASCAP and was offered an internship position at one of the largest recording studios in the nation, Emerald Studios.
As a recent graduate of Greenville College, Rod earned his B.S. in Studio Recording. His latest studio project is the history-making debut album of Josh Rocha. His current website projects are http://www.dexterbrank.com and http://www.joshrocha.com as well as his own website, http://www.rodkim.com. Rod recently joined the Sony/Hidden Beach Records internship program where his primary responsibilities include promotions, marketing, tabulating Billboard sales, scouting new talent as well as reviewing potential new artists.
To date, Rod has engineered and produced over 200 songs with over a dozen different artists ranging from country to techno to hip-hop to rock and logged nearly 900 hours in the recording studios. Rod has also created and maintained 6 websites, photographed for 50 different artists from all around the nation, worked on over two dozen video projects, took lessons in voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium and tuba.
Now, with this history making live performance, Rod is finally making his voice heard instead of developing the career of other musicians.
What does the future hold for Rod? Only time and opportunity can tell.
Mixed by Nick Marques
Rod Kim: Lead Vox, Piano
Liz Derstine: BGV, Piano
Dr. Michael Johnson: Bass, BGV
Josh Rocha: Electric Guitar
Ian Baird: Drums