An Exclusive Interview With Kyle Øashu

I’m Kyle Øashu. A 19-year-old artist from South Carolina. Ever since I was 13 I had a passion for writing, but it was poetry I wrote until I was 14. Hard times pushed me to my limits and that’s where I rediscovered and fell in love with music, to me it was poetry in motion, I wanted to create music of my own. I would spend endless nights writing and saving up to afford a decent setup to push my dreams into motion. I want to create great music while also staying true to myself and telling my story to anyone looking deep enough to find. Music is a blessing to me, it brought me out of a dark place, and I’d love nothing more than to shine a light on people going through it too and reminding them that they’re not alone.

Q: When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?

I’d say a combination of both, but definitely more exciting than anything! Creating music is something that’s therapeutic for me, I love to take my time and create great songs, or even full-length projects, but only if I’m truly feeling up to it.

Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?

Usually, songs tend to come together pretty easily and quickly for me. If I have an idea in my mind I write the lyrics down immediately and I don’t stop until I’ve finished the song which, at most, takes an hour.

Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part of the process?

Of course, these days I gain inspiration from just living, music to me is a recollection of past emotions, memories, and thoughts i’ve had so just living is a huge inspiration for me these days.

Q: At what age did you start making music?

I started making music when I was around 14, but before I did I actually wrote poetry to help get me through a tough time in my life. Music definitely helped me, I’d even go as far to say it’s saved my life and motivated me to do more while I’m around.

Q: Who are your inspirations?

I have inspirations everywhere if I’m being honest cartoons inspired me to sing. People who have inspired I’d say are Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, Kanye West, XXXTENTACION, and many others. Surprisingly I’ve actually been pretty inspired by Amy Winehouse lately, she was amazing!

Q: Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?

No, I’ve actually never performed before, but I’d love to absolutely.

Q: Is your family musical?

Not really, they exposed me to a lot of rap, R&B, and Gospel when I was young though. I loved all of it

Q: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Jay Z and Paul McCartney. Because they are actually living legends who have lived and thrived through multiples generations, by just being themselves. That’s how I want to be, how I’d love the world to see me one day

Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

I feel like I do it pretty seamlessly, I’m only 19 so no kids but for the family, I always have for my sisters, I love music but I had to learn how to balance everything out young. So right now things have been good.

Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

Emotional In a Relatable Way.