Making his entry into 2019, LA based newcomer Kyler Slater wows with introspective dark indie track, ” Not Enough”. The first of a series of releases this year from Slater, the track weaves and swerves from the intro to create a compelling entry. Speaking on the release, Kyler Slater states.
I actually do believe that I am not enough, and thats a shame. Although I am trying to shed that and move on, I still write about it. Feelings of being inadequate in any relationship hurt, especially so when that relationship is also with yourself. I wasn’t raised to handle any healthy relationships, my childhood was filled with witnessing my mothers addiction and my fathers domestic abuse. I have had to completely fight to rebuild the mindset I’ve carried from youth. Not Enough is an attempt at taking these feelings and putting the less pleasant ones down to paper so that I can work though them and hopefully be a voice for others who struggle with similar issues.
I grew up in the very conservative city of Salt Lake.As a kid, I was always the outcast of all my peers. I was born with a life-threatening disease called CAH – Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia that made me different from other kids both physically and mentally.I grew up watching my mom get beat up and cheated on for as long as I could remember, which most likely pushed my depression and feelings of not belonging even further. I ended up leaving home at 15 years-old when my mom fell even deeper into drugs. I was in and out of being homeless for the next couple years, while trying to keep up in school and get by working full time at a local Subway. Sometimes I would couch surf, sleep in cars, and when things got really bad, I ended up in the street. Music was and has been my only outlet to communicate thoughts, feelings, issues and it honestly saved me. Or at least so far…Now I’m a bit older and I have been living in LA, after several years of being transient. The time in Los Angeles has been full of long days and nights, working 60 hours a week to make ends meet, while writing, recording and trying to stay out of trouble. I’ve reconciled with my Dad and I have been trying to help my mom with her ongoing issues….”Not Enough” is a song based on my real life, feelings that I’ve had at the darkest times, feelings that I made myself feel, feelings that other people made me feel, it’s about feeling like whatever you are, whatever you achieve, it’s just never, ever, enough. This is the first song I’m releasing from a three-part EP series I’ve titled “Torn Tapes.” I hope you’ll listen, that’s all I ask. I’ll continue to make art and music either way but it’s a nice feeling when pain you’ve felt can ease someone else’s pain. That’s the goal here.