INTERVIEW: Kyle Fortch

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

I’ve been great! Yourself? Thanks SO much for wanting to do this interview and support the song!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dance All Night”?

Definitely! Working with Afroman was great. He’s a super fun person and he talks just like his song “Because I Got High”. 

JOSEPH was unreal as well. Great vocals, super talented guy. I was super lucky to find him. He’s worked with some big names like Madison Beer and Bazzi too.

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

I wouldn’t say any particular event inspired it but COVID definitely played a factor in how everything happened. I was spending A LOT of time on TikTok, doing videos and live shows with kind of a “Virtual Nightclub” concept. After a show one night last March I was going through some music I had on my computer and the original concept beat popped up and immediately caught my attention. 

The melody for the hook just kind of popped in my head and I really wanted to incorporate some sort of old school concept. So I started researching 50s dances, and found a few that I thought would be a blast. Then I thought it would be cool to try to bring in some modern dance moves as well. 

I had to call my Aunt to ask if it even made sense and she said “How old do you think I am?” Lol. But she said it was catchy and worked so I stuck with it. 

The verses took some time because I wanted to incorporate some 50’s slang without it feeling out of place. So again, used some google magic and found some funny ones like “Backseat Bingo” and knew I HAD to use them.

I actually re-wrote the first verse in the shower randomly like a day before we recorded the song lol.

I really wanted to make something that would put a smile on peoples faces because of the current World Situation, and a lot of music coming out is slow and depressing sounding right now I find lol. I figured that’s the last thing people want to hear right now. I know in some places, people can’t necessarily go out and ‘Dance All Night’ but I hope it’ll make people move the couches around and have some fun at home.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

I have a really cool concept that would be SUPER fun to do, but it would need a lot of production and a decent budget so raising that would be first priority if/when the song starts taking off. 

I don’t want to give too much away but the concept kind of has a Riverdale meets Jumanji feel to it… weird right?

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was the most fun I’ve ever had recording a song. We did it at this studio that’s basically in a mansion on a ranch… super random in the middle of Alberta lol.

My recording engineer for the session was Josh Gwilliam. He’s worked with some big names out here like Brett Kissel and he really helped a lot with some of the arrangement to make it flow nice and clean. 

I had another friend there named Brady Anderson who’s actually an incredibly talented chef. It was cool to have him there because he’s never really seen the process of creating a song. He actually had some good input for the song too, I guess you could say he can “cook up” more than just food lol…

What was it like to work with Mantra and how did that relationship develop?

This might arguably be the weirdest part of the entire process. I didn’t actually know Mantra made the original concept beat until after N Geezy and I made the beat you actually hear in the song. 

We were super lucky to find out it was Mantra that made the original. Apparently what had happened was some random person stole a bunch of beats from Mantra and was re-selling them to other artists as his own like 3/4 years ago. He had a website, made up credits, everything. 

Once I found out, I contacted Mantra right away and we worked it out. I think he was kind of taken back by the situation, Not every day producers will get an email like that Im sure. I was super happy though because the song was already recorded, mixed , mastered, everything.

Both N Geezy and Mantra are crazy talented at what they do and I hope we can all work together in the future.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Since we didn’t know until so late he didn’t really influence the writing or lyrical aspect of the song, but obviously he created the original concept beat.

What role does Canada play in your music?

It’s kind of funny because the places I’ve lived (Calgary & Salmon Arm) are known more for hockey and/or country music, and I really went completely the opposite direction of country sounding haha. The hockey side of things definitely influences my sense of humour which comes across in my music sometimes. 

Canada is crazy in music right now though, Bieber, Mendes, Drake, The Weeknd, and now Tate McRae coming out of Calgary as well. It’s awesome that we have some of the biggest and most talented artists in the world. Hopefully I can follow that trend!

What is it about the 50s that you find so fascinating and how did you go on balancing this with Hip Hop?

I really loved the style of dance and the fanciness of the attire with the tux’s and such. I love dressing up fancy but I also kind of like flashy hence my “Solid Gold Tux” line in the song haha. 

I think we were able to balance the song pretty well. I was on the phone with DJ Kav talking about the radio premier, and he said it was almost the perfect crossover type of song. Where it’s not too hip hop and not too pop but still has flavours of both. He thought he would offend me by saying it was too hip hop but the way he described it is exactly what I was going for haha ! So it’s nice to see other people can hear exactly what my idea was and that I’m not just crazy.

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

Definitely! I wrote a song with an artist from NYC named Clayton Bryant, who’s won a GRAMMY for his work with Kanye on Pablo and YEEZUS. Its a super fun one as well ! 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’re going to focus on really pushing ‘Dance All Night’ for now and hopefully it opens up the opportunity to do more and keep putting out different sounding stuff.

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

I’m actually work on a podcast called ‘The Athlete & Artist Show’, with former NHL 1st rounder Zach Boychuk who’s also from the Calgary area. We’re going to talk about a bunch of different stuff so it won’t be just around sports. We both I think will have different ways of seeing things from having grown in different industries so I think people will enjoy that. 

We don’t want to be too serious but we also don’t want it to just be a gong show haha. Im sure we’ll have some fun ones but we do want to be informative as well.

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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