Get to know Ky., an artist out of Brisbane who’s just dropped his latest single ‘Gravitate’, the music video of which we premiered last week!
It’s a perfect little pop single that tells the story of a breakdown of an intense relationship.
But don’t let us tell you about it. Let Ky. tell you all about it – and how he came to get here.
It’s our latest Get To Know feature!
01. Name : Ky. (My real name is Kyle Bryant).
02. Where are you based? Brisbane. I grew up on North Stradbroke Island, just off Brisbane.
03. How did you get your start in music? My dad played in a cover rock band when I was growing up; Shag Rock. I was always around music because of him. I started singing and playing guitar towards the end of grade one.
When I was about 12 years old, my family friend gave me my first paid gig at a restaurant he managed on Straddie. From there I played at a few other little cafes on the island.
Now, as well as releasing music under Ky., I am fortunate enough to play at weddings, events and venues.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Heartfelt, honest, pop, bop, emerging.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I have always been known as the guy with the guitar. I used to (and still do If I’m honest) play a lot of slower ballads – Ed Sheeran-like stuff. Although I love playing guitar, I ultimately want to release pop music.
I listen to a lot of male pop like Lauv and Bazzi – you can probably hear it in my music. I’d like to say I took all of my favourite parts from the artists I listen to and combined it to make my own sound.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Performing in my grade two talent contest. I sang and played ‘Waltzing Matilda’. I believe the video is somewhere on YouTube but let’s hope it stays buried.
07. Who have been your musical influences? I grew up playing a lot of Ed Sheeran but now I listen to and relate a lot to Lauv, Bazzi, Jeremy Zucker and Jon Bellion.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘I Like Me Better’ – Lauv, ‘3:15’ – Bazzi, ‘Fireflies’ – Owl City.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? I think, like most, I listen to majority of my music in the car. Second to that, I always take a UE boom into the shower and jam out.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted? I don’t really have music for different moods. When I feel introspective I like to watch documentaries on YouTube of my favourite artists. It is super inspiring and makes me self reflect on what I’m doing.
When I’m exhausted I almost always listen to podcasts. Especially a podcast called ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’. I’m pretty sure I have listened to the 230 episodes twice over.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? ‘Ocean Eyes’ by Owl City. I bought it at Target. It was $20. I remember that experience very well. For some reason it stuck with me.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I have written pop music for film and TV. I worked on a package of songs with the same producer who I worked with on ‘Gravitate’ – Kevin Browne.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Creative Industries. I definitely would want to work in a creative field and I like people. So something that combined those two interests.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Have multiple income streams. I love writing and recording music and I really hope that that is something I get to do as a career. However, it’s a tough game. Making sure I don’t sink whilst pursuing this passion of mine is important.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Releasing ‘Gravitate’ is huge for me. I have released music in the past under my own name (Kyle Bryant) but ‘Gravitate’ is the first project I can look at and feel like it’s truly me. This is the start of something new and exciting.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? I’ve played plenty of strange cover gigs. I’ve played at places where my style just doesn’t fit – that’s the worst. I’ve played at store openings and in empty bars. All of these things are just part of the experience.
I’ve also met some really cool people along the way and done some incredible things so everything is always positive in the long run.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Jon Bellion. He has no major label pushing him to release a certain sound at a certain time. He can take time off and come back to fans that are there for him and his music. That’s incredible. I recently saw him in Brisbane at The Tivoli and he was amazing.
18. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Gravitate’ is about what happens after a strong relationship ends; emphasising the struggle of cutting off all ties with that person. Hurting each other over and over again, just to end up at the same broken spot.
Everyone knows that moving on can difficult and when you let your guard down, impulse and habit can take over. We are human and sometimes we make decisions that we shouldn’t. That is what the song is really about.
19. What do your future plans involve? More music! I have songs that are already completed and are just sitting there waiting for me to release them. I am also continuing to write and can’t wait to record again. I’m most excited about playing my songs to a live audience. Although I’ve played solo cover gigs plenty of times, playing my original music with a backing band is something that I’m itching to do.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? See above.