SBRBN caught up with West LA native Kyle Banks to discuss his thoughts on the culture, new music and his thoughts on dating in LA. Check out the entire conversation down below.
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Where are you from
I’m from West LA
How did you get into music?
Man, I was at a party one night and my boy just so happened to be recording a song in the back. I remember the hook which was originally for one of my other boys named RJ but somehow I ended up singing it instead and it went crazy. This was about 4 years ago.
That’s crazy, your first track hahaha. So then how has your creative process changed since then?
If you wanna find love in LA it’s going to take a lot of maturity
I write, Most of the time Meez will pla
y a beat and I’ll make a melody to it. If the melody makes sense then it usually comes to life. You can tell because we’ll start bobbing our heads you know. So it starts with the melody and we’ll go in and add the words to it.
So how are you feeling about the state of RnB period? As a singer
Yeah of course. I feel like there are a lot of people that are singing and using a lot of autotune, which is cool. But if autotune is what you need, and you take away autotune away and you don’t sound anything like the song then it’s kinda like catfishing you know? Still, I think there’s a lot of artists that I know that can really sing and still give you a feeling. Thats what I pride myself on. I make music not songs. When people hear my music they think of something, situations, and visions almost like a movie. That’s what I aim for. That’s my main goal.
So who are you speaking for in your music?
Well, I’ve got a project coming out hopefully next month and I’m speaking from the standpoint of a N*gga who isn’t afraid to admit that he fucked up. Not too afraid to admit that he can be intimate or has feelings towards a female. That’s what I’ve been on lately. The role of a man or even a girl whose been in a relationship and they fucked up. You know, they’re recognizing their faults and trying to move on. That’s the side I’m on right now.
Thats what I pride myself on. I make music not songs.
That’s dope, you touch on relationships a lot. And where we’re from it is tricky, to say the least. What’s your take on dating in LA?
In LA? Hahaha, that’s tough. If you wanna find love in LA it’s going to take a lot of maturity. You’ve got to understand that it’s a high chance that whoever you messing with is in a circle of someone that you’ve messed with or no so. I mean my last relationship she wasn’t from LA so you know it was like that but to find love in LA it’s gonna take a lot of maturity.
Talk to me about your team. The whole camp and how that came about.
It’s funny because I dropped visuals on this song called “think about it” and Louie DM’d me just reaching out to work. At first I was hesitant about it but eventually, I gave in. I just started coming around the team more and more. You know in the music industry there’s a lot of people who say they are going to do something and they never do it. But everything they said we executed. From there I met guys like Cozz and they all took me in. So from there we just grew.
So what do the rest of your year and the next decade look like for you?
there’s a lot of people who say they are going to do something and they never do it.
Well, we took 2018 off and most of 2019 just really perfecting our sound. We dropped a couple of songs just to kind of find the direction we would take. For the next couple of months, I’m gonna drop my project. From there I’m putting my foot down in terms of laying down the blueprint. Doing a lot more shows, and just getting the name out there.