Open mic nights can be terrifying. Low lit rooms, audience attendance ranging from low to high. Everything about that situation is unexpected; including the audience reaction. For Kyle Brown, open mic nights have not only become a place of comfort but a place of success for the up and coming musical artist.
Brown has moved from open mic nights to playing larger venues. Fans have been embracing the up and coming artist and are intrigued to learn more about him and his musical exploration.
When asked to describe that musical sound that audiences have embraced all over Michigan, Brown wouldn't pick a specific genre, explaining that he pulls musical influences from all over the spectrum and creates a sound that feels organic to him. "My influences come from all over and each song pulls from different styles," said Brown.
Fans from all over Michigan are connecting with Brown's honest and unique sound. Launching him to a new level of success beyond the low lights of open mic nights. I had the chance to sit down and interview Kyle Brown. We discussed how his musical career has progress since he first discovered music to now in 2013. The entire interview with Kyle Brown is below.
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C: When did you first discover music?
K: I've always been into music as far back as I can remember. I played a mean air guitar in middle school. A friend played guitar and started teaching me a few chords my sophomore year of high school which prompted me to buy my first acoustic guitar shortly there after. Soon I was trying to hack it out learning on my own and playing songs with friends. My friends and I in high school formed a band and that is where my song writing got its start. Shortly into college I switched to a music major and started hitting open mic nights around town and the rest is history.
C: What would you consider to be some of your most notable music influences at a younger age?
K: My first band writing experience in high school was influenced from punk especially Green Day. Lot of distorted guitars and power chords. In college my writing started to mature the more I studied classical music and blues.
C: In a few words, how would you describe the band's musical sound?
K: I get a lot that my sound is like Dave Matthews-esque mixed with a rock and blues edge. My influences come from all over and each song pulls from different styles.
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
K: I have always looked at solo or acoustic based artists for influence such as Howie Day, early John Mayer when he played solo, Dave Matthews, and instrumental guitar composers like Andy McKee. My classical training shows up here and there with picking pattern and chord progressions. As far as lyric writing goes I just write what is organic to me. I use my life experiences and try to shape them into lyrical paintings that the listener can attach to and create their own meaning to the song.
C: You have gained quite a large following in the Midwest, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
K: I am mainly Michigan based but the following I am gaining in certain cities is amazing. Crowds at shows seem to be really responsive to my music and the best part is hanging out with friends and fans after shows meeting new people. Playing new venues and new crowds is always a little nerve racking but I go out put on my best show and hope the crowd likes it. Coming up in the music scene is difficult at times and we all have the "crappy" gig but I learn something from every show and always try to improve for the next show.
C: How do you all as a band feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
K: Social media is just that media. It helps me connect and say connected with fans and gives me the opportunity to share ideas with them. It's monumental in show promotion and there are so many outlets that Musicians can use to connect with the public. I get friends from high school that I haven't seen in years show up at a concert because they saw I was playing on Facebook or Twitter.