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Kyle Daniel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

 Kyle Daniel Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

1. Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

The songs on my debut, self-titled EP are an inside look at my life over the past few years. It is amazing what growth, as well as defeat in your personal life, can do for you as an artist and songwriter. I have really tried to intently focus on the song, because at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

I really wanted to bring these songs to life with an organic, live to tape sound, like they did back in the day. I have been heavily influenced by Gregg Allman for as long as I can remember. When I first heard the intro to “Statesboro Blues” it changed the entire game for me. From the snarling slide guitar tones, to the gravely vocals, I was instantly hooked. Losing Gregg last year delivered a large blow to my soul. I felt like one of my own family members had passed, as he has been my hero since I was a teenager. 

2. What kind of songs do you like to record the most? 
I am a very passionate and soulful person, so naturally I enjoy the ballads more. I can emote more from deep within. As a guitarist, I love to play riff oriented or signature lick sounding stuff, but you’ll have to wait to see the live show to get any sort of guitar fireworks. 

3. What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?
My favorite song on the record is Hangover Town. I wrote the song with Josh Mitcham (lead singer of Jericho Woods) in my kitchen one afternoon, strictly from the title. I often hear people say things and jot down a little note in my phone. I’m constantly taking notes to document life. Some turn into songs and some serve as life lessons. This one happened to become my favorite song, and a life lesson as well.  Life on the road is hard.  When you're living each night in a different city, it's hard to find real love, but the hangovers are easy to find. 

4. What do you think about today's music scene and where do you see it going in the future?
I think today’s music scene is stronger than it has been in years. We are seeing a rise in a lot of different types of artists, but more specifically those who stand for something and aren’t just trying to make money. These are genuine artists who pour their soul into their craft, in hopes to simply move people. I feel like we are about to see a shift in what is actually popular, due to the amount of up and coming artists who are breaking the mold all over the world. 

5. What inspired you to become an artist?
I have played music as long as I can remember. Whether it was beating a drum, trying to play keyboards, singing as a child in front of the whole family without shame, it has always been a part of my life. My mama says I was a “ham” when I was young. I guess I’ve always been drawn to entertaining people, so it was a good fit. When I was in high school I really caught the bug when I discovered some of the musical greats from the 1960-70’s. Their persona was captivating, unlike anything I had ever experienced. I immediately knew I wanted to be one of “those guys.” 

6. What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
I don’t try to fit into any mold. I love music. Honest, gritty, heartbreaking and uplifting music. In today’s music business, I feel like artists often lose sight of their art because they're too worried about chasing that neon rainbow. With this record, I just let go. I let the music speak for itself and I was just a catalyst to deliver it to everyone. It was really nice to be able to step out of the way and just play to the song on each track. As a “side guy” guitar player for many years, I really learned a lot about the beauty of laying out and not overplaying. 

7. What has been your greatest challenge in the music business?
The greatest challenge I have faced in the music business is stability. Gigs come and go, jobs come and go and nothing is for certain. I know that’s life and it’s like that in any business, but I truly feel like the music business is much more volatile. Especially from a player perspective. There are so many people fighting for the same position, often times it’s hard to separate the good from the great.  

8. What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
They can expect to see me pour my soul onto the stage, and leave it there. I feel the music run through every inch of my being and I can’t help but exude that soulful exchange with the crowd. I am hoping to get back to the way things used to be, with real musicians, playing real instruments and they happen to be REAL good. 

9. What's one song that you wish you could have recorded?
I wish I could have recorded “Melissa” by the Allman Brothers Band. That song is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, in my opinion. The tones, the lyrics, the emotion; it’s all perfect to me. I was fortunate to spend time with Gregg on his bus, a few years before he passed, and he was absolutely everything I wanted him to be. Such a kind soul, and he will forever be missed by so many friends and fans alike. 

10. Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us? 
This is always a tricky question! Haha. One of my favorite stories from the road was back when my college band was touring around the Southeast. We had this old Dodge 15-passenger van from the 1980’s and it was the biggest piece of junk ever. One day, as we were headed home from a gig in broad daylight, we came up to this 18-wheeler pulling luxury cars right next to us. For whatever reason, the “Blue Goose” as we called it, started shooting fireballs out of the exhaust, directly at the cars. Somehow we managed to catch the median on fire and had to pull the van over. We were scared to death, but laughing at the same time.  It was a shame to see those expensive cars ruined by a total tank, but definitely something to see. Somewhere, there is video footage of this, but I highly doubt you’ll ever find it!

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