ON AIR with Ruben Jay
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Episode 25 · 2 months ago

Kyle Daniel on new record, tour, and dad life!

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Ruben Jay is back with a guest. Please welcome southern rock/country singer Kyle Daniel onto the program! 

You've tuned into air with Reuben J for entertainments conversation. Here's your Reuben J oh it's another edition of the podcast. Thank you so much for tuning into last week's little rant that I had going on. I really appreciate every single download. It is Reuben Jay. This week's episode again is uh, it's back to normal. I promise you'd be back to normal and I am so. I just want to take a quick second and say if you've been paying attention to my twitter feed, yes, I am back on twitter. I decided to delete the offensive tweet, the absolutely offensive tweet, and I'll jump into that some other time, but make sure to follow me on twitter at the Reuben J make it worth you're worth my time. To be fair, I have uh, I just need to get on something. I need something to allow me to promote what I'm doing. And again, if you want to help promote what I'm doing, head over to dollar in the JAR DOT com. Three bucks a month and you'll get this podcast add free, just for supporting the show. Um, as you can tell, I'm a little sick. I'm I'm battling through a random stress cold that I have acquired of the last week or so. So I'll be patient with me as I try to get the plugs out. But dollar and JAR DOT COM will, if you subscribe their three bucks a month, join the Free Tier, because I'm actually gonna be doing a lot of stuf on the free tier as well, just to make sure that my content can continue to Um, to reach an audience, while facebook and twitter continue to censor me. Um, it's really, it's really pretty, pretty interesting. But Hey, you know what, let's just go ahead and let's jump into this week's episode. It was a great conversation with an up and coming artist, Kyle Daniel, so Um, let's just jump into it, all right. So, I promised everybody we'll be back to a normal format this week and I'm I'm I'm living up to that promise because we have we have a guest this week. We have a guest musician. UH, please, welcome to the show, Mr Kyle Daniel. Kyle, welcome, man. How are you doing this wonderful day? Dude, I'm great. Thank you so much for having me. Absolutely man. Anytime, I was telling you off the air that I was listening to your music, kind of prepping for for our little chat today, and uh, and and it put me in a great mood. You know, Um, I don't want to give away to any secrets about what I do here in this podcast because I want people to think I do it on the day it gets released. But it's a Saturday afternoon here, I'm listening to some Kyle Daniel and I'm just I'm in a good, uplifted mood, man what like, and it's it's it's one of those things where music these days doesn't always bring people to like, a happy mood, like a lot, a lot of music is very much, Um, driven by narrative or driven by, Um, wanting to, uh, to just send a message other than just making people happy. Are you purposely trying to make music that makes people happy and make people going a good mood, or tell me a little about what you do, because I listened to a lot of your music and it all was very uplifting, Um, kind of like open a beer and just chill. Well, good, I mean I think that that's kind of, Um, what we we all strive for, you know, as the stuff that that people want to congregate around and and they want to, you know, they want to be with their friends, they want to drink beer, they want to go to a bonfire and and uh, and have a party and and and really connect with each other. I think that was kind of my biggest thing with this record, was more so like connecting, Um, and trying to get closer to the people, Um, emotionally. I think that it was something that I tried to run the game at as far as uh, storylines and happy and sad and UH. So it's good to hear that the majority of it puts you in a good mood, because I try...

...to kind of give a little bit of all of it. So, Um, that's that's really good. I don't think I purposefully did any of that, though. Well, it worked that way. I was seriously, I was listening to it's a little bit of everything that you've put out, just trying to get into the VIBE and try to get get to know you a little bit as as we dive into this Um, this conversation, man, and there was just it was good storytelling. Um reminded me a little bit of a like a Chris Stapleton Style Vibe, again, like you just open a beer or poor whiskey and just kind of starts sipping away. Um. What tell me a little bit about your your your writing style, because that's that's what I'm always interested in, is what people how they approach a song and how they approach I know you have an album coming out in a couple of about two months or so, Um, that we'll talk about here in just a second, but time a little about your writing style and how you approach putting together your music. Yeah, you know, Nashville obviously is a songwriting town. It's a CO writing town to be exact. You know, they are are very serious about their their co writes and, Um, and sometimes that can kind of get out of hand. I usually just write with one other person. Um. Sometimes I'll do like a three way right where there'll be a couple of folks uh together, but most of the time it's just me and somebody else, and I feel like that's the moment where you really get to strip it down with somebody and and Um, you can kind of take away a couple of the layers and and start talking about things that you wouldn't necessarily say in a in a crowded room of people, uh, right out of the gate, because you don't necessarily know where some of these conversations are headed and where they're going and where these songs are gonna lead. So I think it's really cool for me to walk in with like a title. I'd like to write by a title, and from there I kind of the the the other writer and I kind of go through this whole storyline together and navigate it and it kind of you know, you make it up as you go and you turn and Bob and weave and uh, it comes out as it does, and I think that sometimes you come up with cooler storylines and the way that things kind of twist and turn uh than others. But uh, but yeah, that's usually I just usually go in with a title and try to write Um from the hook, which would be at the end of the course. So I try to write, Um, what people would remember the most first and uh, and then kind of backfill it from there. So you're I was reading to hear that you're you're you're born in in Kentucky, Bowling Green Kentucky. Uh, and you made a move to to Nashville not too long ago, about ten years ago or so. Um, what made you decide to make that move to Nashville? And you know a lot of people who listen to the show a lot of times are aspiring musicians and are wanting to make a similar move. Uh. Do you have any advice for those people who are maybe sitting in someplace and in the middle of of the country and like I need to get to Nashville and you get to L A, need to get to Austin? What advice would you have for them to make that move? Well, uh, kind of going back to the first part of your question, the reason that I ended up moving to Nashville was I went to MT S U, which is Middle Tennessee State University and U. I'm a ginally from Bowling Green, which is an hour up the road from Nashville. UH, murfrey s borrows about forty minutes outside of Nashville, so it's about an hour and a half ish um from Murfreysboro um to bowling green. So I went down to M T S U and got in the recording industry management program did the music business side of that and I played. I had a college band that I played in and and we were we were wild heathens. Uh. So we uh, we we definitely uh did some stuff. It was fun, you know. I mean we we were UH rowdy, rambunctious southern rock and Roll College Band and uh, and we did that thing. We did. We toured the southeast and had fun and when that kind of came to an end, I decided that I was going to use my music business degree. Um, about that time we'd all moved back, to move to Nashville rather and uh, that was when I started kind of working within the business. I did merchandise management for a band, I tour managed a couple of lacks. I did all kinds of stuff...

...prior to some of the musician stuff that I did, you know, later on. And what what made you want to do the transition, because I think it's it's interesting to hear people who, you know, made their living doing one thing and then eventually transitioned into doing probably the thing that they wanted to do all along. What made you decide to go from being in the background and and uh, you know, being the supporting of an act to being the act? Well, you know, I was. I was an act and then I went to school and I was an act at school and then kind of use my degree and then kind of came back to it. So it's kind of been this I don't want to call it a love hate but it's kind of been an on and off type of thing for me where, you know, I think that time was well spent for me mentally to Kinda regain what I needed to, uh, maybe confidence wise, Um, because you know, everybody goes through these roller coaster parts of life. and Um, maybe when I stepped out, I stepped out at a moment where I felt like I needed to and maybe was probably a little bit lower, Um, confidence wise than I should have been. And and and then gained it back, kind of came back full swing, took a B C powder, came back strong sort of thing. Um. And and when I when I decided to stop doing the tour management stuff, I got a couple of phone calls to be a side Guy Guitar players. So I did that for quite a few years and then, Um, you know, I saw how that was and was like man, if I had the right songs, I think I could do this artist thing again. So that's where that all came about. And I think you have, you have the right songs. They listened to them and they're they're fantastic. Um, now you're you have an album coming out. Yeah, it's called Kentucky Gold. I love the title of that. I love the title. I don't know the something about it just sounds authentic and just genuine. You know. Um, I guess those are the same words, but Um, in different aspects. Uh. Tell me about that title and and what people can expect out of Kentucky Gold, uh you know, because I think I think people are can enjoy anyone who hasn't heard your music, I think they're gonna enjoy it once they've discovered this podcast. They listened to US talk a little bit, they're gonna go and find you on the Internet and they're gonna listen to this. So tell me a little about computer gold. Yeah, man, Kentucky Gold is uh, you know, I guess I'll kind of back up to when UH covid began. I was overseas um about to open up at a country to country music festival in London at the O two arena. There were thirty five thousand people. It was sold out music festival. I think I was kind of stuck in between like the Cadillac three and maybe Eric Church One night. So it was one of them that I remember. It was the night before that festival happened. My my manager woke us up and said, hey, boys, Um, you know, they're shutting the borders down at midnight on Friday. We gotta figure this out, we gotta get home, and so, Um, from that moment I in a like at least eight months just writing as hard as I possibly could with Um, different writers, a lot of writers. Is a phenomenal singer, songwriter, artist. Um, if you guys do not know him, W R I G H T adam right, phenomenal dude. He has, has written a lot of songs that you've probably heard that you did not know Um, that he had written. Uh, and the guy is just a phenomenal talent. He has a way with words and and we we spent a lot of time kind of crafting these songs because I wanted to make sure that, as I was filling the bucket here at the Buzzer, so to speak, Um, that these songs really had the substance and and they could they could um kind of hold up next each other, that I didn't want to have an album full of like fluff with a couple of good songs on it. I wanted to have a solid record. Um, that did exactly what I said earlier. You know, that emotional roller...

...coaster. We all go through that in life and I felt like for a debut record, that was kind of something that I wanted to give this thirty thousand foot view of WHO Kyle Daniel was. And a lot of these songs that you hear Um are very special and very important to me personally. Um, I try not to write songs that I know nothing about. Like I try to write them as personal as I can make them, even if there's other characters that I tell you about in a song, um it it. It very well could be something that I've experienced. More often than not it is because I don't like to write about stuff that I don't know about. I feel like it feels Um, it feels funny, you know. And it was like you were saying earlier, you know, the the authenticity Um of this record. I think, Um, I can contribute that to to maybe just trying to be honest and trying to really write to Um, to something that is not country radio, that is not Um, to try to like hit any sort of I'm not trying to break any records necessarily. I mean that would be nice, but like I'm not writing for that. Like I wrote this record because I felt like it was my time to say what it is that I stand for, who I am and like the morals that that I that I have. And you know, I'm now. I'm I've got a wife and a little baby boy and life has changed dramatically for me, uh, dramatically for me from what a lot of people maybe knew me as once upon a time, and I think that that was that was also something that I wanted to make note of on the record. And and it's, uh, it's wild how you put all these songs together and you think, yeah, this is this is what it's supposed to be, and then and then they have more similarities than you really think when you when you look back at it. Yeah, for sure. And you know what, it's funny. You brought up your you know, your your wife and kid and congratulations on the new baby Um. But you know, one of the things that I saw here is that going on tour, you're going across the across the pond here for a little bit Um and this is, you know, the note on on your little sheet here says this is the first time you've been across the pond since, since covid you just told us a little about that story. Um, do you have any anxiety about going across the pond, especially now you have, you know, a baby and and and a wife? Does that? Does that change at all in your mind, uh, knowing that there's a family back home waiting for you or or they coming on the road with you, like, I don't know, like tell me a little about that. Yeah, I mean absolutely, Dude. It's it's you know, that's uh, my hair on my arm. I don't know if you can see it, the hair on my arm. If this is HD enough, is standing up just thinking about it. I mean it's, uh, I'm I'm doing the UH, the daddy daycare thing for now, you know, as I call it, Um and little archie is his name, Archie, and so little archie and I've been hanging out ever since, uh, he's been here, and so it's gonna be really tough for me. I've not been away from him at all. It's gonna be tough for me to to kind of stomach that. But it's also, you know, Um man, what a what an emotional return. I think that it Um for me. I get to go back. Um got some full band dates, which is something that the UK and Germany have not seen for me yet. They've only seen me do like an acoustic duo and Um. So I think that there's a lot of exciting stuff. It's yeah, it's emotional. I mean, I'm I'M gonna obviously I'm gonna Miss Him. I wish both of them could come. Uh. He got sick with a little viral infection a couple of weeks ago. We were kind of on the fence about him uh potentially going, but you know, with everything the way that it is right now, probably best that we just wait and uh and maybe maybe hit it for C to C I think we're gonna try to the bull's eyes to to head back for C to c Uh and and do that show that Um, that we missed UH in March. Oh yeah, but then he'll probably ready to do some international traveling, because that that's a lot of baby.

It's a big that's a big ask for a baby to be able to do that, that traveling and UH. But you know, it's just it's just funny because you know, I'm looking here and I'm saying new baby going across across to the other side of the world. That's gonna be interesting just to see how you know, because it's it's one thing when you know you've been used to it and you've been doing it for years and you know the kids are used to it and whatever, but or you know you're big enough to where you can bring the wife and kids with you. But when you're in this awkward stage of of of being, you know, asked to do this show but maybe not big enough to where you can have, you know, a massive hotel suite where your family can come and hang out, it's it's an awkward thing to have to have that discussion. And and it's a week. It looks at it wasn't a two weeks away. So, yeah, well, it's yeah, well, it's weeks. So like, yeah, it's a it's a hall. I mean, I'm I'm gonna be going for almost two weeks. Yeah, yeah, so it'll be. Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how how you handle. Maybe we can talk off towards and see how how do hey, man, how did it go? Um So, and do you do you feel? Uh, you know, now that you have a kid, does it make the music game a little bit harder for you? Like do you think about the late night because music is a late night gig. You know, it's not. You know, it's not nine to five, it's it's like you're gonna be away from home. Um, you know, a lot of times you're not putting your kids down to sleep. You know. Um, does it make that that going out harder for you? I think I think, Um, my wife being as cool as she is about it makes it a hell of a lot easier when you know I don't have to worry about like, Hey, do you mind if like she's like look, do what you gotta do, like we'll figure this out, like I got him, I'll figure this out. You know, if I didn't have that sort of support and she wasn't as cool as she is, then I would say yes, it would probably be a lot harder on me. But I think that it's just kind of been one of those things that, Um, this little pause that I've kind of taken in my touring Um, over the past a little bit. I mean we've done some select dates here in the state, but like that I took was was kind of a nice little refuel for me. Um, I got engaged, married and had a kid in the midst of the global pandemic. So I think I made out all right. Now it's time to get back to work. And good timing too, man. I mean, you know, he imagine getting engaged and going through the wedding and all that stuff and also having to tour. I mean that just sounds look impossible. Well, and and it's like I I we kind of joked, my wife and I kind of joke, but it's like really, I think that covid was the reason that we got married, like because I it was it forced me to put like put the brakes on and and I couldn't, I think, in a normal setting. Prior to that, I was what are we doing, where we're going? What's the next show? Who Are we opening for? When do we go into the studio next? What kind of March do we have? Like, and it was always just boom boom, boom boom. I was running nine thousand miles an hour. But I think covid, like Covid, kind of gave my soul the Xan x uh that it needed to chill out a little bit. So I think that was that was good for us all. Yeah, I feel like you know, and this is it's so weird, because you know, during I was doing a podcast, you know, throughout all that, throughout the entire pandemic, and every conversation was what are you doing through the pandemic? How are you getting through this? You know, and now it's we're two years removed from the start of it and really, you know, depending on on what you believe, as far as the data goes, we're either at the tail end or over it, you know, and those conversations aren't happen anymore of like Hey, what did you learn during the pandemic and how are you applying that to your day to day now that you're back to normal? So I'm gonna ask you that question. You know, Um, now that you've you've had basically a two year pause, Um, from from the normal grind of what the music businesses for you and...

...maybe what your day to day was maybe not so much natural, because I feel like Nashville was kind of opened up pretty quickly, but what lessons did you learned during that, that period of time that you're applying to uh, the Kyle Daniel of today and moving forward with your touring and your music and and all of that? Yeah, man, great question. Um, patients is the number one thing that I um and Um also learned that, like, I'm I'm very high expectations. I think that, Um, I hold high expectations for other people. Sometimes, Um, that can be a strength and a weakness because sometimes, UM, they're incapable of the expectation that I hold them too. And maybe it's because I hold myself to a higher expectation that sometimes I inadvertently maybe do that to other people. And so, like, I learned a lot about myself and a lot about the things that I needed to start like putting gloves on about, Um, because I'm a very raw person, I'm an artist, I'm a very like soulful, emotional person, like I wear my heart on my sleeve. Like I tell you, if you can kiss my ass, like I'm not gonna like it's I'm one of those people. I just I really, Um, I feel like it. It the slow down, pause, patients, the whole thing kind of just like like knock my block off a little bit. I think that that was something that maybe I I had needed for some time in my life and I think that, Um, admittedly, Um, that was that was one of the biggest Um hurdles that I had to kind of get over during, uh, this time. was kind of like get out of my own way because I knew that there were things that that were outside of my control. I couldn't control the global pandemic, I couldn't control the fact that, like I couldn't go out and tour and play shows and do things. But like I had to take into account the things that I could control and how I controlled my environment in my immediate circle. And so, Um, I think that that was it was a really nice tea up for me to get engaged, get married, have a kid, be a dad, like to have a huge responsibility that, you know, I've never had in my entire life. I mean this right here has been my responsibility for twenty years, and a bigger responsibility, and I think that it kind of Um even like from an artistic standpoint, I've learned, Um, that it's definitely remolded my mind as a songwriter. I think that I start, I always keep a notepad on my phone of like uh, like one liners or like titles, mostly titles, and all of the titles kind of like that, if I don't necessarily spell it out with the title, then on her witnessed or what not, to kind of like go back to that moment and, uh, the majority of the stuff that I've been writing about recently, or the emotions of becoming a new dad, the emotions of, you know, having a child and what that love feels like and what that does, because it's one of the most indescribable feelings, I think, in the world. And so I've I've been kind of chasing that knee on rainbow for odd second. I'll catch it sooner than later, though, I promise. Oh, and I can't wait to hear that because I think it's gonna be a fun take on on on what you do now. Um, these dates in in, you know, over in the in the in Germany. Looks like you're open up with for Lindsay Owl. Talk me about that, man. That sounds like a real good opportunity for you. Yeah, man, she's UH. I actually I got to catch up with her at C two C in Berlin, and...

...we were doing that right before the pandemic started. We had done Berlin, Amsterdam, Berlin, uh, and then we had gone to London, and so I had got a chance to kind of connect with her. Um, I think we played right after her uh in Amsterdam and then and then I got to like actually have a drink with her and say hey and more than two words to her Um in Berlin. She's just such a sweet girl, like a killer guitar player. I think it's gonna be awesome. I know she's UH. I think she's doing this acoustic, uh. So that'll be cool. And UH. And I'm flying my my Swedish Guitar phenomen over, uh to do these dates with me. His name is David Hendrickson. Is An incredible guitar player, so I'm looking forward to reconnecting with him. And I believe shock Harter may be on some of these dates, so that'll be cool to see him out there as well. Man, sounds like a loaded line up there, UM, so excited for you, man. Kentucky gold comes out this fall. Uh. Stay tuned the multi MEETIU DOT COM. I'll have more information on that once the album gets closer to release date. Now I have one last question for you, Um, that I think will help define kind of you, uh, and that's give me like the top three artists that you're listening to right now that's helping you either get through the day or influence from music or just you know that you that you're enjoying you know top three artists you're listened to. Well, Um, what I'm listening to to get through the day nowadays is usually anything Disney. My wife has my wife and our big Disney people. So we've we've been, we've been just, I mean letting it rip with Young Archie on bare necessities. You know, we're be our guest. He's you know, he's got them all and and and we got a little spotify playlist for him. Um, but man, honestly, you know, I don't listen to a lot of music. I know that's really weird that when I do listen to things, Um, I can appreciate Uh and and enjoy listening to brothers Osborne. I love those dudes. They're actually some some good buddies of mine here in Nashville, great dudes, and their music is just, you know, they're doing something that's completely different in country music right now. It's not it's not happening, and so they're they're kind of in a League of their own and I love it. I think it's great. Um, I'm a huge Greg Almond Fan. I don't know if you can see the guitar case back here, but I'm a monster almond brothers Fan. So I'm always kind of like going back to the almond brothers. I think that that was where it all started for me. So, UM, between Disney, Um, you know, Greg Allman and and uh brothers Osborne, I think that's uh, that's that's the most ECLECTIC pool you're probably gonna hear on this podcast, my friend. Yeah, I mean the only thing that would mean, you know, slightly more eclective. You would have pulled out like, you know something. Yeah, corn, yeah, corn. Yeah, there you go. I love it. Hey, Manu, tell abody where they can find you on social media, because I think that you are worth a follow and worth a subscription over on the spotify or apple music. So tebody where they can find you. Yeah, man, thanks. Uh, it is Kyle Daniel Music, Kyle Daniel Dot music, depending on what platform you're on. I'm all over everywhere. Spotify, Apple Music, uh, facebook, instagram, tiktok. I'm doing some some things on Tiktok. I don't even know why I'm on Tiktok, but I'm there. So if you if you're on Tiktok, come see me. You never know what I'm gonna pull out. That's that's probably the most random social media I've got, but Kyle Daniel Dot music or Kyle Daniel Music. You'll check it out. Um, also at KYLE DANIEL MUSIC DOT com. Um, you can get tour dates, merchandise, Um, little info by music videos, all that. Great, Kyle. Thanks so much, man. I appreciate your time. Make sure to follow him on all those social media sites. Stagram for just a second. Cool. Thanks, Bro and that was my conversation with say, Kyle Daniel. A great,...

...great conversation and Great Guy, great musician. Man. I'm telling you, go listen to his music when you uh, when you're trying to get some stuff done around the house, just go listen to his music. I think you'll really enjoy it. It was a great conversation and I can't wait to chat with him again. He's got an album coming out in a couple of months, so hopefully by then we'll be able to chat. I also, I believe he has a song coming out this Friday. So pay attention to the instagrams because I believe he has a song coming out in a couple of days. I will let you know there. But with that being said, I'm I am feeling terrible I'm gonna get some sleep. UH, make sure you sign up for dollar in the JAR DOT COM, out of the free version, where you'll just get the regular content full of ads and all that stuff. Um or pay three dollars a month. Get that content early and add free or at least add for at the very least Um. My my new show, the Chang show with my buddy the Chang, should be back in full swing this week. There was some fires and he had to evacuate for a little bit, so we should be back to normal this week. To make sure tune in. My name is reband Jay. I'm out. Follow me on on all social media at the Urban Jay at on air with Reuben Jay. I'm out. Peace,.

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