Vytautas Kernagis attended M.K.Čiurlionis and Vilnius 23rd schools. In 1973, he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He was a member of the pioneering Lithuanian big beat bands Aisčiai (1966–1968) and Rupūs miltai (1969–1972). Kernagis recorded his first album of sung poetry in 1978. Kernagis also took part in the first Lithuanian rock operaVelnio nuotaka, first Lithuanian musicalUgnies medžioklė su varovais (1976), and first Lithuanian musical for a puppet theatreŠokantis ir dainuojantis mergaitės vieversėlis.