Edge of my Bed is the perfect name for a track that has you lost in reminiscence through the night as you try to muster the strength to sleep, to no avail. As an introvert who also retreats to my safe place when confronted with the harsh sting of reality, I resonate strongly with the feeling of alienation to your life because of whats missing. It’s bitter and cynical, but Edge of My Bed is also raw and passionate, and captures an eternal frustration of loss as a catharsis.
Kyle’s husky voice is perfect for setting the theme for Edge of My Bed, and its gritty quality also accompanies the tracks minimalist production. It builds on a subtle composition, taking on a folk identity with its simple country rhythms and strumming. It is at times accented with some atmospheric electric guitar riffs, but the simplicity with which it flows helps set a stage for his fervent lyricism to shine.
This gorgeous track about lost love embodies a single-minded passion for music, and so we had to speak with Kyle regarding the track and his journey so far.
Hey Kyle, how did you get into music, and what has your journey been like as an artist? First off, I appreciate you guys taking the time to speak with me! Fortunately for me, I was introduced to all kinds of great music at a very early age. I was born and raised in Tennessee. My dad listened to all kinds of great music. I still vividly remember listening to music with him. Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Boston, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Eagles…just to name a few. Apparently Pink Floyd really scared me when I was younger. Which is funny because now I listen to them to fall asleep. At some point I found an old guitar in a closet at my grandma’s house. Shortly after that a couple guys at school had a guitar. They were trying to play Come As You Are by Nirvana. That night I asked my dad if he would learn it and teach me. I was hooked after that. I joined my first band in high school. I also played in a metal band from France after I moved to California. The musical education I got from playing that band is something I am still benefitting from today.
I really like your 2 guitar composition and folky style. Who would you say your strongest musical influences are?
Thank you! I find the more songs I write, the more influences I recognize. I think that comes from listening to so many different types of music. Often times I can’t even hear the influences myself. Then someone will bring it to my attention. Maybe the best way to answer that question is by telling you some of the artists that I listen to every week, if not daily. Noah Gundersen, Ruston Kelly, John Mayer, Corey Kilgannon, David Ramirez, Jason Isbell and Nirvana! Nirvana had such a profound impact on me. I would say 90’s music in general. That’s a perfect example of an influence I didn’t hear in my music at all until it was brought to my attention by someone else.
I hear Edge of My Bed as a wistful reminiscence accompanying having to move on. Is there something that inspired this song, that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
I think you hit the nail on the head describing it as “wistful”. I feel as though I stopped myself from writing this song for a long time without even meaning to. This song actually started on Kurt Cobain’s birthday earlier this year. It really hit me right in the gut that day just how much he meant to me. How much time I spent playing guitar along with Nirvana and his posters on my wall. It was such a safe space for me. But the song had other ideas. Very quickly it took me on a deep dive into my childhood and the relationship I had with my mother. I almost didn’t write it. Even after it was finished, I was worried about releasing it. Thankfully for me I have an amazing producer who I can talk to about anything and everything. His support can’t be measured. Needless to say, we put the song out and I am so happy that we did. It was a much needed experience for me.
Edge of My Bed would be your fifth release. Do you want to share your vision for your musical career? Do you have an album planned in the foreseeable future?
It is actually the my 6th release. 7 songs total. I will be releasing my 8th song this month on the 25th. It’s called “Most of ALL”. I think the plan right now is to release 2 more singles after that which will put me at 10 songs. Then take a brief step back from releasing a song every month. Get inspired and continue writing songs for an EP. I would love to put out an album in the future though!
Is there anything you else you would like to share? Perhaps something from your journey that might benefit other artists?
Definitely! I am very aware of the things that have held me back in my musical career. Fear, feeling unworthy and lack of confidence. I mean it has been a very legitimate battle for me. I am very grateful to have a small circle of people very close to me who believe in what I do. I still struggle with all of those things, but that mountain isn’t as high as it used to be. I am now able to process those feelings in a productive way. I am grateful for the people I have in my life. I can tell you this, I would not have ever released any music if it weren’t for them.
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