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INTERVIEW: Nashville Country Rocker Kyle Daniel

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

I have been really good, thanks so much for having me! 2018 seems to be off to a great start! 

Can you talk to us more about your song “Born to Lose”?

Absolutely. This song was written in hopes to shine a little light on the opioid crisis that we face as a nation, without condemning such behavior and attempting to bring awareness. I have had many people very close to me struggle with addiction in many different forms and I wrote this song as if I were at the bottom of the barrel, dealing with addiction. 

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

I grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and although I come from a quiet little college town, it still had a fair share of flaws, drug addiction being one of the bigger issues. When you begin to see more than one person struggle with drugs, I think it’s only natural to think “How can I help? What can I do? Why is this happening?” I think this was my way of trying to understand the underlying issues behind drug addiction as a whole.

Any plans to release a video for this or another new track?

We have plans to release videos for the entire new album. Stay tuned, we are really excited about those! 

The single comes off your new album What’s There To Say? – what’s the story behind the title?

I haven’t always had the best track record when it comes to love, so this song really hit home with me. We’ve all made mistakes, and will continue to, but I feel like everyone knows that feeling of ruining a relationship to the point of no repair. If anything I believe this song is my way of acknowledging that I have made mistakes that were unrepairable, but there’s always a way to forgive yourself for bad decisions that you make, even if it takes longer than you expect. I also felt as though this track was ironic as the title track of the record, as I have a lot to say and I’ve only scratched the surface. 

How was the recording and writing process?

4 out of the 5 songs on this record were co-written with my best good pal Seth Rentfrow. He and I have been writing for a few years now, and these songs are a direct result of the hard work we have put in during that time. We made this record the exact same way we did the first in that we didn’t overthink it. We went in with some of Nashville’s hottest musicians and gave these songs life. We cut 5 songs in one full day with the band, I did a day of vocal touch ups and guitar work, then we mixed it. I didn’t want to let the process get in the way of the songs, so we just went in live and played our instruments to the best of our ability. 

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Totally. I feel like what I do is specific to me, and not everyone wants to write songs in the the style of Kyle Daniel. I think it’s important to be a chameleon when writing, so you’re more versatile when opportunities come along. Being able to identify the sound, style and lyrical content when writing for a purpose is very crucial as well. 

What role does Kentucky and/or Nashville play in your music?

Kentucky will always be home. I’m proud to be from the Commonwealth and I feel as though it has been what has shaped me as a musician as well as a lyricist. I truly believe you are a product of your surroundings. As for Nashville, it’s been where I’ve really honed my craft. There are thousands of artists and writers in this town battling for the chance to be heard, and it has been really good to be involved in the community and learning from the incredible talent in this city. I’ve been here for 10 years, so I’m not a new transplant, I’ve watched this city grow a whole lot of my time here and I love living in Nashville. 

What aspect of your own life did you get to explore on this record?

I feel like I try to leave a little piece of myself in every song I write. This record is no different. Not every song I write is from my perspective, but I definitely feel the need to take my own spin on whatever emotion or situation that is being discussed. 

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

Life. I think it’s important to be honest when writing and not try to talk about things that are foreign to you. Everyone can tell when someone is being a poser, so it’s good to come from a place of truth and knowledge. 

Any plans to hit the road?

This year is going to be a busy year of touring for sure! We started the year off with the Southern Rock Cruise, then we started the “Country Fuzz” tour with The Cadillac Three, now we’re gearing up for the release and the shows that will follow that and we have some dates slated with Black Stone Cherry as well. We are really excited to see what happens once we get out and really hit the road with this thing!

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

We are always grinding and trying to better ourselves, so this year is going to be a constant push to grow. We have some really nice surprises in store for this year, but I can’t give it all away just yet! Stay tuned!

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