Hi KYOSI, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey guys, I’m great. I’m in London at the moment and just got back from observing a session at Abbey Road. It was amaaaazing, as you might imagine. Back home to NYC in a few days.

Can you talk to us more about your latest video “Just Lines”?

I’m so happy with how it turned out. I worked with my buddy Jon Conklin, who introduced me to his partner Mike Barnett. Together they run Novelty Hat Productions. Mike brought the VFX wizardry to the table. The concept was confusion at home, and as NYC is where I’ve chosen to hang my hat, it was the perfect backdrop.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not particularly. I was just messing around in Ableton with some basic chords and bass and it started to come together.  As time went on it came to be about confusion at home and written from the point of view of a wise little one. Whether it’s watching your parents argue as a kid or trying to find your way home. As a kid I always thought of the world in lines. Parallel and perpendicular were harmonious while zig zagging was trouble. Who knows what it means, really. Little kids are funny that way. Symbolism comes natural to them.

How was the film experience?

So fun! We had a great crew. We did it in two summer nights, one of which was chilly and the other was steamy and hot. And we trekked all over the city, top to bottom. The bridge scenes were filmed in Harlem, near the East River and then we went to the World Trade Center subway stop to film the bright scene in all white. It was overall a really fun time. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Being in the studio is my favorite part of the process. I love sound design and tweaking individual sounds till they’re exactly what I want them to be. I feel so at home and relaxed in that environment. In the past few years I’ve become a real gear head and I love messing around with new sounds.  

Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I’m finishing up some new stuff right now and I feel great about it. I’ve been experimenting with playing some of the tunes live and feel like they’re in a good place.  

Any tentative release date or title in mind for the additional new material?

Spring of this year, SOON! I’m not going to give the titles away quite yet, but if you stay tuned to my socials they’ll be revealed in the not too distant future.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m going to do some shows at the end of May in Berlin and NYC. 

What else is happening next in KYOSI’s world?

I recently founded The Thesis Group, a platform for entrepreneurial artists to say something personal about their work. It’s a project-based endeavor and Project 001 is a screening of The Great Dictator, the legendary Charlie Chaplin film. Prior to the screening we’re hosting a panel about artists in resistance. We’ve got an amazing panel and my hope is that they, combined with the film, inspire artists of today to realize that there is precedent for resisting hate and political oppression. With all that’s going on in the world today, I’d like to see the artist community stand up and be agents of change, when they see fit. Project 002 is #PortraitMemoirs. We’re asking 20 artists to take self portraits of themselves and write a 6 word memoir. We’ll do an exhibit including the portraits and more experiential art.

In general I like to stay busy and involved with my community, so there’s always something on the horizon.

The Thesis Group Presents: The Great Dictator. Wednesday, March 15th at 8pm at Cinépolis Chelsea in NYC.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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