Elite Interview: Kristyna Myles
It’s always good to interview artist of different genre’s that we actually have interest in. well about a month ago i got the chance to speak with British singer-songwriter Kristyna Myles. during the interview Kristyna Myles spoke about how her career started, musical inspirations, her writing process and much more.
When Did You 1st Get into singing
My first public performance was when I was 4 in the church choir. I absolutely loved it. I would sing at any opportunity at school in assemblies, around the house which annoyed my brother I’m pretty sure, I was singing a lot!
Who Are some of your musical inspirations/ Favorite Musicians
I love Lauryn Hill who has always been one of my favourite singers. Stevie Wonder is incredible, Aretha Franklin and I love singer songwriters that write songs with substance (as above) and India Arie, Carole King, Sara Bareilles. Artists who inspire me today are singer/songwriters like Philippa Hanna.
What kind of music do you listen to on a regular basis?
All the above! I love vocal jazz music too like such artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Shuur & Count Basie orchestra, Amos Lee, The Black Keys, Philippa Hanna & Jon Kenzie to name a few.
Any Embarrassing songs we might find on your iPod lol?
Hmm I’m not sure, what do you class as embarrassing? Would you say Tina Turner simply The best is a guilty pleasure? I love it, definitely a ‘sing into your hair brush’ tune.
When you’re not singing what might we find you doing?
I love to go on walks with my dog Mr Beefy who’s an English Bulldog. The best walks are on a sunny day in the woods when the sunshine is glistening through the leaves. I also love getting away in the camper van with my husband and exploring a new part of the country & chilling together.
Explain Your Writing Process/ Inspiration.
It really varies as sometimes I’ll write on my own and other times with different people. Ideas are mostly autobiographical or they’ll be about things my friend’s have gone through. A melody would usually come first then I’d put some initial words to it, often nonsense syllables to shape the melody and have a think about the topic which corresponds to the mood of the idea and write accordingly. Alternatively I’ll write a chord sequence on the piano and add melodies afterwards. I’ve written with songwriters who layer beats & chords down onto a sequencer and we’ll improvise some melodies over that and other times just with a guitar and a phone recorder.
If You could dabble around in another genre of music what might that be?
I’d love to write more in the Gospel genre. It’s very close to Soul music already and I love how the lyrics are always uplifting. I’ve written on a mobo nominated album with a group called DTWG and really enjoyed writing in a more gospelly style..
What Genre of music is your least favorite?
Probably heavy metal, the heaviest kind where the singer doesn’t sound like he/she’s actually singing but just shouting. They’re technique’s probably spot on but it sounds like they’re wrecking their vocal chords and it just makes me tense. Sorry heavy metal, maybe one day I’ll learn to appreciate you!
Tell us about your very 1st live performance.
When I was 4 at church in an Easter production. It was in the choir with my Mum which is really special to me. I kept performing at every opportunity back then and still do today.
When can we expect to hear your new project?
February my album will be out, I can’t wait to get it to you!