Thursday, May 17, 2012
Welcome to Ghost Toast..Kevin DeKimpe, better known as ‘Manwich’ from the LA Funk/ Soul band ‘Manwich and Potato Salad,’ started his career as a musician in the Detroit suburbs. He started performing in a Funk/ Motown cover band for weddings at the age of 15, and made enough pocket change to create a studio in High School. At one point he was writing/recording/performing with 5 local bands simultaneously. After high school he attended the University of Michigan to study Music and Audio Engineering, and also began a cartoon strip, Cosmic Dip, which was featured in the school’s newspaper. Converting his obsession with music to recording movie scores, he graduated in 2010 with his degree and a Sundance selection with the feature film ‘Bilal’s Stand.’ The film awarded him ‘Best Original Score – Feature’ in the 2011 Detroit Film Festival and the push to make it as a film composer. He moved to LA to continue his singer/songwriter passion and film-composing career. Returning to Michigan for a family reunion, he took a trip with his cousins to a discount shop where he found vintage onion stud earrings, which was the joke purchase of the trip, he thought it would be fun to make his own stud earrings inspired by food, cartoons, the 90’s, and pop art. His family and friends began requesting different pairs. More and more requests and designs led him to develop an earring business and brand, Ghost Toast.
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