Life Lessons:
Kevin “Kato” Hammond

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Are  you happy at the moment?

Actually, right at this moment, yes, I am happy.  There’s a vibe that I’m feeling right now. And based on many past situations over the previous year, I’ve come to be even more aware that God’s got me. And I’ve got this strong confidence in me that as long as I keep grounded and not lose faith, He will continue to have me.

If  you could go back and say anything  to your 16-year-old self now –  what would it be?

I would say, “In about 10 to 15 years, computer technology is going to begin to make such a change in the way society functions and the folks who stay on top of that game are the folks who are going to change the world.  Be one of those folks to stay on top of that game. Do not go into the Army.  Instead, stay in college, and learn everything that there will be to know about computer technology, so that you can also be one of those folks.  By the way, there are a couple of folks who go by the name of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Cuban.  Get to know them personally, and everything they learn… you learn.”

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Without a doubt, I would say that one of the most important things that I have learned this year is that if you never ask, the answer will always be “No.”

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

In the next 12 months, what I most want to achieve is the successful selling of my book, as well as steady flowing source of income, and the upward growth of my online radio station, which is now only a year old.

What’s your secret to happiness?

From where I’m sitting right now, I would say that my secret to happiness would be money.  I know the old saying that “money can’t buy you happiness,”  but I also know that most of the people who say that are people that have no money.  Money keeps you fed, keeps a roof over your head in a warm home, keeps a woman happy, and gives you the ability to be able to do the things that you want to do in life.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Without a doubt, my answer to this question would be prayer,  and the studying of God’s word.

What’s your biggest regret?

Okay… wow.  I’m not sure if I have any regrets because in almost everything I have encountered in life, it may not have worked out well, but something good still always came out of it.  For example, I would probably say marriage, but that marriage produced my kids, and I definitely don’t regret anything about them.  But I will say collage.  I do regret dropping out of college and going into the Army.  After all, I was there on a scholarship, so maybe I was just too young to realize just how powerful that was.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

On the few occasions that I have been able to be in a position to be an influence on my kids, I would say the most important lesson I’ve taught them was to be careful, and think.  That, and to love themselves and understand that any achievement is possible if they really want it to be. If they can do it, then so can you.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

That would no doubt probably be fear.  And sometimes I think adding procrastination to that couldn’t hurt a bit.

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage, what are  you most proud of in your life?

Aside of my kids, there is no doubt that I am most proud of what I have been able to do with my website, and the fact that I have actually been able to keep it up and running going into its 17th year now.

When were you happiest?

I am the most happy when I am in my home with my family and everyone is doing their own little thing.

What ten words best describe you?

Passionate, creative, talented, imaginative, loving, romantic, quiet, caring, careful, trustworthy.


Kevin “Kato” Hammond is an American musician and journalist. He is the owner and creator of Take Me Out To The Go-Go, Inc., an enterprise that consists of a magazine, DVD, and website of the same name.  Take Me Out To The Go-Go has expanded to include a radio show, as well as a YouTube channel.  Take Me Out to the Go-Go Magazine gains attention from outside media outlets for its designation as ‘the official gateway to a Washington, DC music culture.’ His history as a musician includes performing and recording with the go-go bands Pure Elegance, Little Benny and the Masters, and Proper Utensils. Most recently he has served as co-music director of Fatal Attraction Band.

Kato is currently the director of marketing for Bag of Beats Records. He is also the chairperson for history and archives for The GoGo Coalition.

Hammond is soon to be releasing his very first novel entitled “Glen Willow.”