Kyle Young has always been surrounded by art, whether it was the work of his artist dad Joe Young Jr. or music. But it’s the music that has really moved Kyle. Born in Hartford, Kyle grew up in Springfield, Mass where his grandfather’s piano and then a Casio keyboard gave Kyle a way to express himself through creating beats and music. He began writing in freshman year at Cathedral High School.
He made his first recording in 2004 with a friend, Dan “Scatterboxx” Sheils, who introduced Kyle to the idea of rapping. Kyle can be found creating compositions and expanding their realm with the moving image. Kyle graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Cinema and Television fromColumbia College Hollywood in Los Angeles. Kyle’s groups have included Collabo and Soggy Rotten. His “Are You Sleeping?” music video, with Natasha Ramos, has been on national TV, and his songs have been used in films, such as Collabo’s “Can You” in Copper Penny and Morbid: A Love Story. Kyle’s solo “Bang” was also used in Morbid: A Love Story.
Mr. Incredible: Now I know that you, yourself are actually featured in the film during a performance set. How did it feel to have one of your songs feature on actually film and not just the soundtrack?
Kyle Young: It’s pretty amazing. It’s really surreal. You don’t fully realize it until you see the final product though. I know the process and I had to create everything, so to me the hard work x results makes sense. I feel blessed though. I feel blessed for even being interviewed right now.
Mr. Incredible: Now according to the website, Fredro Starr (sp) from the legendary Onyx is a part of the film. Did you try to get some advice from him on the industry?
Kyle Young: Yup, Fredro plays the title character, Diamond Ruff. He’s a real down to earth guy. I’m not one to ask advice from anyone. I’d rather have a real conversation about hip hop. I think you learn more by being genuine with people and observing their actions. I could find any information about how Fredro made it by going to Wikipedia or watching an interview on Youtube. I’ve gained more from him just by hanging out.
Kyle Young: Oh man. I am the ultimate artist. I can create something from nothing. I can start with a melody in my head, turn that into a beat. Write the lyrics, record and mix the vocals, master the song, create the cover graphics, shoot and edit the video. I’m very strong with visual arts. So it’s easy for me to visualize the final product before I even start. Whether I’m rapping or painting, it’s all the same expression to me.
Mr. Incredible: Who are some of the artist that you have worked with?
Kyle Young: It’s growing man as I transition to this next level. Since I’m so do-it-yourself, I think thats the type of artists I attract. Alotta up-and coming talent too. But some notable acts. Music wise: Legendary Producer, Easy Mo Bee. R&B Singer, Natasha Ramos (Star Trak). As far as film: Fredro Starr, Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men). There’s a lot more big artists pending too!
Mr. Incredible: Do you do anything different when you are crafting a song for a soundtrack verses your own project?
Kyle Young: It’s definitely different. On my solo stuff, I say whatever I want. It’s all about me and i dont have to hold back. In a soundtrack its a group effort for a bigger picture (The Movie), so you have to fit a theme. Luckily I get to help build that theme. One thing that remains is that 1. The music has to be good. and 2. It has to be real and impact someone. There’s other things too like legal procedures (clearing samples, paperwork, blah blah lol)
Mr. Incredible: Is there anything you would like the readers to know before we end?
Kyle Young: I think more people should do what they want. If you have a dream just go for it. Be specific with it to yourself, visualize it daily and it will start to happen. Its going to be a lot of hard work, but so is working at a fast food place. Just saying. Oh and check out Peanut Butter and Mushrooms on Youtube.