Hartford, CT – After only 7 months since last speaking with Kyle Young about his EP “heyday” we had the chance to meet again to discuss his newest project – the release of his album “Snowball Therapy”.
Sitting down with Kyle in the lobby of Young! Studios he lounged in the soft blue chair nonchalantly with a Chester Cheater grin on his face as if he had a secret and he was ready to reveal it. There was an air of pride that filled the room that was reminiscent of a proud new parent that has just seen their child for the first time.
He had given me a promo copy of the CD so I was one of the lucky first to have an opportunity to hear it – and I must say I was not disappointed. Listening to the album takes you on a melodic trip through Kyle’s life. It is filled with true stories that draw the listener in. It has a raw, funky feel and a variety of musical concepts that will appeal to all audiences.
The diverse mix of instruments along with Kyle’s catchy lullaby’ish hooks and witty simple verses allows you to connect with him emotionally, really understanding where he is in his life and where his is heading.
Sitting down with him again it was obvious that he had matured. He seemed very confident in his work and clear about the direction it is going in. One thing he did not lose is the boyish innocence that we all remember from his earlier music that made us all fall in love with him and his musical journey.
Many things have changed since we last spoke. I can’t call you Kaywhy anymore, how did your name change come about?
You can call me whatever you want, I still meet people who call me Kaywhy. I came up with the name change when Natasha Ramos and I put out the “Are You Sleeping” track for the Diamond Ruff Movie. It was a new style for me so I thought I should go with the new name. Plus coming back to Hartford I guess the name Young has a little buzz so I just went with it and I got sick of the connotation that came with Kaywhy. There is a downfall because the name Kyle Young is generic, if you type it in Google then a thousand people come up but when you put in Kaywhy I pop right up. So that is the biggest difference.
There is a new project in the works. Let me in on some of the secrets. What is the title?
The new project is called “Snowball Therapy” it is my fourth full length album. What is different is all the tracks have at least one live instrument on it. I recorded the whole thing and I was not really satisfied with it so I decided to record it over again with the live instruments because the music sounded kind of flat originally. I have this notion when I am making an album that I have to improve from the last one. The first version started to sound like something I’ve done before so adding the instruments it made me feel more satisfied with it.
What is “Snowball Therapy”?
It is based around the snowball concept that when you start with a little snowball on top of this hill and it keeps getting bigger until it’s a bolder. That is how I feel my life is going right now with my career and everything. The original title was “Snowball Theory” but the music is my therapy so I decide to use that concept. There is also a track on the album called “Snowball Therapy” featuring Natasha Ramos.
What makes this project different from the last one, besides the instruments?
I sold out on a couple tracks for the first time ever. Meaning I made a couple of tracks that I normally would not because I thought that it was corny. Originally, I did it out of spite but now I feel like it is one of the best tracks on the album. I also really stepped my game up on this, there is actually a budget for it, I put money one it. I have an album release party for this one plus overall the quality of the music is far superior. I think I’ve grown as an artist, I am singing a lot more, and I have a bunch of collaborations. This time I really strived to be different. I played with the genres; it is more of an indie pop mixed with hip hop. Plus there are skits on there; it shows in the music that I have definitely matured. This has also been the quickest album with the most support that I have ever had.
Tell us some of the people you did collaborations with on the album?
Natasha Ramos is one of the biggest artists on the album. My friend Scatterbox appears, he also co-produced some of the tracks and did some of the mastering. Nova from Atlanta did collaboration with me over the internet. James Edwards a friend of mine from UMass work on a track I wasn’t happy with so I sent it to him and he remixed it. There are a whole bunch of instruments. Two trumpet players, two guitar players, chello, fiddle, jimbay African drum and I played some harmonica and whatever else James put on it. Dominic Rouch played some classical piano. This album has a very symphonic sound.
What is special about this album, what makes it stand out from everything else that is out?
I really played around with other genres of music and infuse them into hip hop, one track may have a reggae feel, one country, one rock – I am purposely going against the grain. I am really pushing the envelope on this one putting myself a lot more into the music.
What are some of the things that inspired the album?
Life and personal experiences – that’s basically it. Pretty much every song is a true story. Or it is based off something that I have seen. A big portion of the album is focused around me being in Connecticut and missing being in California. This album was written during the winter and it is cold here in CT. There a lot of references to it being cold. The theme of the whole is cold. If I was in LA it would have been a completely different album. Trying to release a winter album during the summer is kinda foolish but maybe it will stand out to.
What is your favorite track off of the album?
It is a tie between Explode because I feel like that is my most marketable track and Fly Away because the trumpet and chello are dope on it. They are the two dopest instruments mixed with hip hop and the beat is bananas.
When should we expect the album?
Album release is June 25th at Young! Studios 942 Main Street downtown Hartford.
Where can we get a copy of “Snowball Therapy”?
ITunes, Amazon, Napster – we are working on a Young! Records website it will also be up on there. Or you can come to Young! Records 942 Main Street and I will sign it for you.
What can we expect next from you?
I think I am going to do a couple four tracks EP’s and a couple mix tapes and maybe another album around this time next year. I am trying to break away from the hip hop stuff. I will always be a rapper but I want to incorporate other stuff. I would like to work with some bigger names, do more music videos, maybe a tour. I just want to get some new exposure. I would also like to work with new artists for the record company. I want to help other people get there work off of the ground.