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INTERVIEW: Kyle Motsinger

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

Why, hello there! This is an exciting time for me. This may sound cliché , but I feel like I’ve had a long pregnancy and the baby’s coming. I hope everyone thinks he’s a cute kid!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Midwest Boy?”

Well, it’s my first single! The song is a way of me introducing myself to you. It’s also an anthem for anyone from a small town that’s fighting back against the stress of the big city.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

I think the song really started one day when I was running late to work. I was stressed, feeling down, and it was taking a really long time for a train to appear. I started thinking about how I wasn’t going to let the city get to me. I was, after all, a ‘Midwest Boy’ and I was tougher than I looked! I opened up the ‘Notes’ app on my phone and started furiously typing lyrics and humming a melody that I would later work out at the piano.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

It’s all done and ready to be released! I don’t want to give too much away but it’s very ‘me’ and ridiculously fun! I’ve done a lot of acting in the past. You can take the boy out of musical theatre but you can’t take the musical theatre out of the boy. You’ll see what I mean soon!

The single comes off your new album Far Away – what’s the story behind the title?

The album had a different title song and I decided that it wasn’t working so I cut it. I love the song but it didn’t record the way I wanted it to and it didn’t seem to fit anymore. My song ‘Far Away’ seemed to encapsulate the message of the album better. I also like that it’s kind of intriguing. What’s far away? Is someone or something far away? Are you?

How was the recording and writing process?

Ideas and seeds of ideas will come to me. My favorite artist Tori Amos talks about being open to the Muses or whatever you want to call it. I really believe in it. The songs either started on the piano or grew as I wrote the lyrics on my phone while traveling to and from work. Recording was a learning process! I will definitely apply what I learned to the next album. There’s so much I could talk about but I want it to be known that each instrumentalist brought their unique talent and style to the songs. I didn’t orchestrate or arrange the songs outside of what I played on the piano, organ, and keyboards. The songs are sonically shaped by this wonderful group of musicians. It was important for me to let the songs be what they wanted to be and that led to some very pleasant surprises!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The songs from the album came from a place of introspection. A few years ago, I had a life-changing week working with teens at a summer camp in New Hampshire that my ex co-directs. It’s hard to describe the camp but it’s about leadership and there’s a lot of feelings! Well, I broke down in tears after the camp and the floodgates opened. I started dealing with a lot that I was pushing away and I took my feelings to the piano. Some songs on the album deal with unpleasant parts of myself and the final chorus of the title song is a pledge to be present and own who I am. That fierce determination is present in even upbeat songs like ‘Midwest Boy!’ My songs tell stories and I think they are relatable. I think music and lyrics can be powerful. Don’t get me wrong, I love to dance along to songs about the club or fluffy songs about love but that’s not what these songs are about. Maybe I’ll write the next bubbly pop song later or maybe not!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’d love to! It makes me nervous because I’m a piano player and it’s not as easy to travel with a grand piano and keyboard. I sort of envy guitar players who get on a bus and go where the breeze takes them. That being said, I’m definitely looking into what it would take for me to tour. I’ll be doing several concerts in New York this summer. If you want to keep up with my schedule, follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/official-kyle-motsinger

What else is happening next in Kyle Motsinger’s world?

I have a lot of things cooking! I’m thinking about shows, music videos, and even new music. It would be lovely to spread out on a beach somewhere but I’m way too busy for that at the moment. It’s probably for the best. Gingers and sun don’t go together!

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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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