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I had a few minutes to talk with Kyle about his music, parents, inspirations, and future endeavors.
Michael Cottone: Hey Kyle! First off I want to say congrats on your self-titled EP.
Kyle Daniel: Thank you man! It’s much appreciated.
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MC: So I understand that you either wrote or co-wrote everything on the album, describe your writing process and overall message for your EP.
KD: Yeah! So this EP is an inside look at my life over the past handful of years, and I wanted to just be as honest as possible. Each song individually took its own form, but it definitely took time. When I got off the road a few years back I vowed to myself to write as much as I possibly could.
MC: And as a writer, do you do it sporadically, in the moment, or do you ever have to force yourself?
KD: As a writer, you have to have the discipline to force yourself to write at certain times. You have to push yourself as a creative in this world and that’s just how it is. There are times where it might be inappropriate to write something down for a song, but you got to do it while its there. If it’s there I’ll pull out my notes or voice memos on my phone and jot it down.
MC: You also produced most of your EP, were there any particular challenges with that hands on experience?
KD: Actually not really. I’m not a producer, and I’ll be the first one to tell you that. When I went to MTSU, I didn’t do much work relating to producing with my degree, but the people I worked with on the album made it a seamless thing, and very fun. Chris Mara, owner of Welcome to 1979 Studios is a great engineer, and made it very easy and fun to mix each song.
MC: What were your initial feelings when you were put on the list of Rolling Stone’s top country artists people should know about?
KD: Aw man, it was absolutely surreal. There were one of the first publications to put me in a spotlight like that.
MC: It must’ve been a good motivator as a newer artist.
KD: It definitely was a good motivator. It put me on the radar. And when you get put on the radar, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle with other artists, which is why it’s important to stay on the radar once you’re in my position. Because of that, we’re planning on releasing another EP we’re working on later in the year, as well as a physical 45 in the fall.
MC: That’s exciting! When can we expect the EP to be released?
KD: Around the winter time. If we release it around the first of the year, that’s fine, but winter time is the goal. We’re in pre-production for it right now so we’ve got the ball rolling.
MC: It’s my impression that your dad has played a substantial role in your music career, can you talk about that a bit?
KD: Yeah! So my dad has always been into music even before I was born. When my mom was pregnant he would play banjo to her, and I would kick around at certain songs he played. When I was little, he took me to bluegrass festivals. Then he introduced me to the Allman Brothers, and that changed the game for me. He told me that was what real music was.
MC: What about the Allman Brothers was so compelling to you?
KD: Specifically, Gregg Allman. He had smoky, thick vocals you could cut with a knife. The dual guitar parts in their music also stuck out to me. I’ve never been a great slide guitar player but I’ve always had an appreciation for it. The Allman Brothers just pioneered southern rock music along with Skynyrd and it’s been big in my life since I was little.
MC: I know one of your more modern inspirations is Chris Stapleton.
KD: Yeah, we’ve been running in the same circle kind of prior to him becoming a major success in the music business. We’re both from similar areas and both carry an amount of gravel in our voice. Chris has one of the best voices in music ever in my opinion, anyone who doesn’t think that doesn’t have their head on right to me hahaha.
MC: I’m not a huge country fan, especially when it comes to “party” country music. But I’ve always enjoyed the Stapleton’s and Sturgill Simpson’s of the genre because I think they’re real. And I think that the same could be said about your music as well.
KD: Thank you man, and that’s what it’s all about. We want to continue to bring real shit man. You can fool the general country public with a smash single, and most of the time people don’t know something will blow up until it happens. With my music, I don’t want any barriers between me and my fans. I want to be approachable, I want people to think “I’d like to hangout with him,” or “I wanna grab a beer with that guy after the show.”
Kyle Daniel is a humble, talented musician who will continue to thrive in the musical spotlight as his career progresses.
You can stream Kyle Daniel’s self titled EP below.
Junior at Ball State University studying photojournalism.
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