INTERVIEW: Alt-rocker Kyle Ekstrom

Pic by Kelley Curran

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

Hello! I’ve been pretty good! I just released a new song on November 1st called “Sad Girls” so I’ve been watching that go.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sad Girls”?

I think it’s one if my favorite songs I’ve written. It’s so dreamy but also has momentum to it.

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

I remember seeing someone on social media going through a rough time. The whole situation was weird because I felt like there were simple answers to their problems. Maybe I was right about that and maybe I was wrong. I decided to write a song as a sort of response to all of that.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I shot the performing parts with Joeseph McMirra of Hollowbox Media. We were outside a lot and I wanted to wear my parka for those scenes because I thought it would be cool. The narrative was shot by me and Rachel Verhoef did an amazing job playing into the character we made. She even directed a lot of those scenes too and made the ideas come to life. There are subtle nods to things in the video too. Some might catch it and some might not. The experience was really great. I can’t thank everyone who was involved enough. I was super sick during filming too. My brother Steven Ekstrom edited the video and did a great job on that.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the bones of this song in the summer of 2018 and showed it to my guitarist Romel Panganiban around that time. I had dreamy clean guitars on it and this very interesting synth lead that you hear. He added more guitar to it and I went to my engineer Joe Scaletta of Word of Mouth Recordings to finish it. There was a melody in my head for it when I first wrote it and I dismissed it because I thought I could maybe write a better one. When I recorded vocals and the new melody for it I felt it wasn’t quite right. So I went back with the melody and lyrics I had before because it was truly going with my gut on it. I’m really proud of the work we did and how it turned out. Kristopher Crummett mastered it and said it was on another level and I knew I had a gem of a song.

What role does Illinois play in your music?

Not much really but I do have a song coming out in the future where I do mention Chicago.

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

Yes, a lot of new music. It’s going great. There’s a lot that people who listen to my music won’t expect.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m not going to spill any details of when but it will be worth the wait.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment just yet

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

I’m hoping to play some of my new songs very soon. I can’t wait to play “Sad Girls” live.


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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