Thanks guys. I’m well, just got back from doing some recording in Atlanta and sat down to answer these questions.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Easy”?
Of course. But what if I said no?
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A lot of events actually. I never really talk about specific stories behind my music, but this song is just a reminder of some of the things I’ve dealt with in choosing to go down the career path I’ve chosen.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
So, Patrick Tohill is my director and he does all my videos. We always like being around each other, and his crew is super cool too. Compared to my last few videos this was definitely one of the easier, smoother shoots we’ve done. For instance, the shoot for my last single “Human” was on a day we had a torrential downpour for the first 3 hours of the shoot. I couldn’t shoot it any other day, and we thought we were going to have to cancel. I was stressed, Patrick was stressed, the parents of the kid actors were stressed. It was bleak haha. Bit of a miracle we got it done.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for “Easy” was a little unique. The original demo ended up going to another artist who took parts of it and made it into his own song, so then we had to go back and write new verses. The recording process was also unique because it took my producer Aaron and I almost 6 months to get the production right. I usually don’t have to take that much time on production, but this song was tough to figure out. I know it doesn’t seem very complex, but if you heard the original demo and where the production started you would understand.
What made you want to do a “seasonal” visual story?
When I look back at my life up until this point, I feel like I can separate it into different seasons. And the music reflects that. When I started thinking about how I wanted to introduce these songs visually I felt like it had to be in a seasonal format. Plus when I think about TV shows, the main reason I like them more than movies is because TV shows tell a bigger story and give you a chance to get to know the characters.
Were each video and song somewhat connected from the beginning or did this concept come up throughout the brainstorm process?
Once I decide which wave of songs I want to go with then I build the story.
What was it like to work with Elley Duhe and what did she bring to the table?
Elley was great. She’s such a sweet person, and she has one of the most distinct voices I’ve heard. Also, as a writer she has a very unique perspective melodically. If you work with her you know she’s going to come with a melody you haven’t heard before.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Yeah, definitely. Lyrically I’m very specific and I know exactly what I want to say, so I don’t really let outside opinions in on that. But melodically I love to have another perspective in the room because it gets me outside of the way I think.
What role does California play in your music?
That’s home for me and where most of my life experience has happened, so I’d hope it plays a huge role. I think musically a lot of my stuff has a “West Coast” feel to it.
Does the new single mean we can expect tons of new material – how’s that coming along?
Most definitely. There’s a lot on the way.
Any tentative release dates or title in mind?
Of course, in my mind I have it all mapped out 😉
Any plans to hit the road?
Yep, I’m actually about to go back out. Stay tuned on that.
What else is happening next in Kyd The Band’s world?