“First you have to make yourself look good and have good music of course. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to promote my music with partnerships. That has helped a lot.”
Check out the interview with KYSTER exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
KYSTER: It started when I was just 8 years old. I showed an interest in not just producing, but music in general. I was more attracted to EDM and producing, although nobody in Memphis showed interest in EDM. I played piano back then so I made tunes and beats on the keyboard. Eventually my parents gave me a little samsung. I had found the DJ app called Edjing and there I made podcast. That’s really how it all started.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
No matter what anybody out there says about you, keep pushing forward. Don’t let anyone deter you from your dreams and goals. Don’t let negativity slow you down.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Finding the right equipment and software was a challenge for a long time. We came across a beat maker, but it didn’t meet my needs nor did it express my sound. I found FL Studio back in early 2015. It was hard for me to figure out at first. Now, I’m still using it to its full extent. I’m looking to expand my equipment soon.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
First you have to make yourself look good and have good music of course. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to promote my music with partnerships. That has helped a lot. I also have stepped up my game and put out more tracks.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Memphis is a little slow. EDM artists are not common here. It’s mostly known for blues and gospel which I have grown up on. Memphis really doesn’t have anything fun like an amusement park. It has mostly hip hop or blues clubs. So basically music keeps me busy.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself doing more tracks, hopefully having an EP or two out, maybe doing a few gigs outside of Memphis, getting signed to a label, and growing my fan base.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are Whitney Houston, Prince, and Michael Jackson. They carved out the soulful part about me. Oliver Heldens, David Guetta, and Carl Cox are three of many people I’ve been listening to.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think music has come a long way but also has turned into something non meaningful. EDM has a sound that can really tell you a story. Hip hop does not really mean the same thing it used to mean. People start talking about things that nobody can relate to. But overall the music is growing.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.kysterofficial.com