Burning Questions

Kandi's team shares more info on how the choreography, production, and wardrobe of each performance comes together.

Apr 30, 20130

Don Vito, producer

Website: DonVitoXL.com
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Bravotv.com: Tell us a little bit more about your process of working with the artists on the show? What are you trying to accomplish with each person?
Don Vito: I try and keep the process simple by custom-making each song for each contestant. This usually starts by looking at their video submissions. I listen to their story and look for something unique or special, and once i do that a melody or picture comes in my head. As far as what the beat should sound like: it's like magic. My goal is to give each contestant their own Individual voice.

Bravotv.com: Which artist do you think was in need of the most help this season?
Don Vito: Their were two artist that I feel like were in need of help bad Terrence Murphy and Kevin Dancy.

Bravotv.com: Which artist do you think grew the most in their time on the Kandi Factory?
Don Vito: I think Sweet Tooth grew the most giving the short amount of time we had to work with him.

Bravotv.com: How did you get started working with Kandi?
Don Vito: I started with Kandi a few years back when we were working out of the same studio. We use to always play what we were working on for each other and critic one another's work. We would always say to each other, "We need to work together." We actually had a project that we worked on together called Peach Candy, it was a rap group with Kandi and Rasheeda from Love and Hip Hop.

Bravotv.com: Which artist do you wish you could work with?
Don Vito: There are a few artist on The Kandi Factory that I am looking forward to working with: Lauryn (L.A. Story) ,Mathew Cash, Sweet Tooth, Lizzy Van Patton, and Jen Nesi


I love Kandi, I am a huge Escape fan I still listen to the off the hook cd. I listen to it so much my daughter hid it from me and that all most caused a fight if she didn't give it up. LOL, I have a niece thats really talented. We been trying to get her noticed since she was 10. We have ran across people but it never worked. I remember this guy who won grammys for writing for Whitney, Michael Jackson and a few other people, we thought he was the one. When we went to his condo in New Jersey, he had the records on the wall so we didn't think he was giving us the run around. He wrote a song for her and everything. I really dont no what happened. I would love for her to come on this show. I know you guys will love her. I just dont no how to go about getting her on this show. I would hate for her to waste this talent her grandmother passed to her. My mom voice passed me and her first granddaughter caught it. She is in an abusive relationship and I believe if I can get her to do what she loves, she wont look back to this creep and she will live her life. She is only 23 and she has a whole life a head of her and I just don't want her to miss it. I hope someone can help, give me the information on how we can get her to this show. If I have to spen my last dollar to get her there I will.


PS I don't know how to use facebook, so I don't know if your getting this message.... I just got a MacBook pro and am trying to learn garageband.  If you want a taste of my style maybe we could arrange something via mac-to-mac.  "Ain't  too proud to beg"....Gig


Kandi, luv you!!!.  When am I gonna get my chance to work with you.  I'm a singer/ songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/ and I have written over 200 songs,  I'm just a little technologically disabled.  I'm 58 and don't want to die with all this music in my head and never have had it recorded.  So what do you say?   You took a chance on Kim and I'm definitely no Kim.  Would you be willing to take a little chance on me?  I work hard and have been playing and writing since I was thirteen.  Actually I had a really bad temper when I was young and growing up in Flushing Queens and I truly believe that's the reason I was never taken seriously.  Again,   would you take a chance on me...... I'll get down to Atlanta in the drop of the hat just for an audition......equipment in tow... Much Love.... gig....


I can't find the video for Lizzy VanPatten, I've been searching for a few hours now and I'm getting very frustrated. I love that girls voice and wanted to download her song/video.