Kevin Hanley has long been a creative force in the Lowcountry—organizing legendary music shows like the Cord and Pedal Christmas Ball and playing guitar, drums, and singing with a spectrum of talented musicians. He is the kind of pro musician who might have easily left us for Nashville, but didn’t.
His musical friendships and serious wanderlust had him selling merch on the road with Shovels & Rope for two years, but he has since settled back down in Charleston. Experiencing so many other cities tamped his existential unrest about Where To Be; it has been definitively decided that this is the right place for him.
Kevin is now an art director/website developer for hire with his own wryly named The Business Company. Making music videos nicely marries his myriad interests and talents. His bent for comedy and his deft storytelling poetically combine in the video he created for the Shovels & Rope song “Mary Ann & One Eyed Dan."
“That song in particular lent itself to the quirky stop motion. I knew I wanted to tell a quick story and most of their songs are storyish, but that song is a direct narrative.”
In another video for gifted local singer-songwriter Stefanie Santana, he used a green screen to create a “Tiny Steph” for her NPR Tiny Desk Concert submission. He is also producing a web series with local sketch comedy duo Nameless Numberhead, which is numero uno on his list of future projects that will keep him rooted here.
On the loose, Kevin flies to Guatemala to recharge, relax, and get custom leather shoes that blow his leather-loving mind. He gets amped talking about the new local radio station (WYLA 97.5) that has a “perfect mix of randomness.” Another fun fact? He was the creator of the Self Pop Tart meme that went viral after a member of Fall Out Boy shared a link on his Twitter account with 2.8 million followers.
So, needless to say, Hanley’s talents are widespread—and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
Words by Dee Dee Arthur
Photo by Gately Williams