What is your names?
Kyle T. Hurley
What is your genre of music?
Tough to say- blusey rock very much influenced by the nineties, Dylan and Elvis
Give us a little bio about you.
London-based but USA-born, Country Blues artist, Kyle T Hurley has been hard at work across the pond releasing his second album, KTH III. Kyle has already premiered tracks to great acclaim with The Boot, AXS, Impose Magazine, and, now, Vents Magazine. Kyle T. Hurley is a dynamic storyteller, blending genre lines and giving listeners a new, 90’s-grunge-inspired take on classic Country styles. In his upcoming album, Kyle steps beyond his Bluesy roots to deliver different soundscapes with every track. From a surf-inspired, Indie Rock song, complete with a raw and heavy guitar solo, to a soulful, bluesy lament, featuring a powerhouse vocal performance, Kyle is sure to keep you listening. With deep roots in the Los Angeles music club scene, Kyle T Hurley has perfected a modern approach to the classic country blues style. His debut, self-titled album was recorded in the UK, at famed Castlesound Studios. (The Proclaimers, R.E.M., Mark Knopfler, etc..) Kyle’s second and third album- were both recorded in London and finished at the famed Abbey Road Studios. KTH III features Amy Winehouse guitarist Robin Banerjee. Kyle brings a unique style to his recordings and live performances, blending the old-school, blues standards with new modern melodies and timbres. Kyle is currently living in London and gigging all over the UK and Europe.
What made you go in to music?
It was natural- I believe an inclination towards music is genetic.
Are you a signed?
I am indy
You set to release your new album ‘KTH III’, tell us more about the album.
This will be my third album- it’s influenced by what I have been listening to lately which is nineties music. The songs are just about my life at present.
What is the meaning behind ‘KTH lll.
I am a big fan of Led Zeppelin, and I like how their first four albums are self-titled with roman numerals. I’m just following suit, and this is my third.
Describe each track in two words.
1. “Call Me Kyle T.” – About me
2. “Black Garden”- Chris Cornell
3. “Killadelphia”- Real life
4. “Riff Raff with Raf”- Rafael Pesce
5. “Jordan Jordanaire”- Past life
6. “Robby Racoon”- Bob Whaley
7. “The Most Dangerous Game”- all relationships
8. “Broke Like a Chain”- all musicians
9. “Going to Amy’s Statue”- Amy Winehouse
10. “I Go Out on Sunday Night”- I do
What was the writing process like?
It was done both by myself and with Amy Winehouse’s guitarist Robin Banerjee. The songs cam about from ideas that both he and I had. It was pretty influenced by my involvement in the music scene in Camden in West London. I have been moonlighting in an A&R capacity for Spiritual Records- an exciting new label in Camden. It’s part of a fervent music scene growing right now in Camden. I have learned and been influenced by a lot of the artists there in my own right, and some names which have done so that most that I would look out for are Dom Glynn, William Poyer, Jack Trouble and Bandini.
What was the recording process like?
The recording was done in London all to tape. I think the old-school analogue sound really adds to the sound of the album. I finished it at Abbey Road. Like most indy artists, I was really just in and out of the studio, most of the work was done pre-production. Maybe someday if I have a hit I can spend months in a studio for an album- I love the vibe and life in the studio.
Who did you work with on the album?
Robin Banerjee, Amy’s guitarist is on there. Drums was Ollie Usiskin, Bass was Michael Barnes, and lead guitar was Brett McLaughlan. Eddy Smith added keyboards. The back vocals were done by Hattie Erawan, Simeon Hammond Dallas and Dom Glynn.
All these musicians were artists I met in the London club scene.
Do you have any shows coming up? If so where will you be heading?
Currently planning shows for the up-coming year, mainly in the London area, but looking at New York and Los Angeles at the moment as well.
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
Performing throughout London and writing for my next album, KTH IV.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Looking at writing more songs with Amy’s guitarist Robin- he has some really interesting ideas he’s been sending me. Also looking at working with Dom Glynn, an up and coming singer songwriter based in London. He is doing some really exciting stuff with Spiritual Records- check out his latest single called “Ain’t No Cowboys”
I also play guitar for a band called Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicidez who just released an EP called “Beautiful Days”
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
I’m a musical slut so I’m up for anything- just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
On my album I play rhythm guitar and sing. I also play drums next-best and then piano. I play bass, but only as a guitarist playing the top four stings.
Who are your influences?
The king- Elvis. The Bob Dylan, Zeppelin and lately a lot of the nineties music I heard on the radio growing up
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From a phrase I hear that sticks with me or some idea or observation I have that I find interesting. I find that if an idea stays with me, it means it’s a good one and deserves to be written into a song.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Alive, I hope
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
The first song that really hooked me into music was Whitney Houston’s version of Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You”. I was around five when it came out, and I was told I just started singing along to it on the radio when it would come on for some reason, out of nowhere. My mom travelled for work, and apparently she would call and ask me to sing it for her on the phone, thought I don’t remember that. But I remember that song being my deepest and first connection to the music scene.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
When I told Kris Kristofferson I was an aspiring artist he said, “Don’t give up.”
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
I would say find a good scene and get involved in the scene. And by get involved with I mean move there and get embedded into it. There is a good scene here in London I’d recommend.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
What is a home?
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? To sleep
2/ Who do you see first? I’m a loner
3/What do you eat first? I’m more of a drinker
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My Gibson, my bow tie, my jacket, my melody and the lyrics
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Everything is @kylethurley or just Kyle T. Hurley – I’m on everything