THE MIXTAPE THEORY SHOWS A NEW SIDE OF HIMSELF
Kylle Reece has been up to a lot over the past year. His band Demon In Me released their first record last fall and have been playing dozens of shows since. Almost a month ago, he announced his new solo/side project titled The Mixtape Theory, as well as his first single with the project, titled “Glass.”
“This song is actually a song I wrote a few days before the first Demon In Me tour, and even played it a few times on the road with the band. For a while the band had planned to use it, but we decided to take the band in a different direction musically which opened up the opportunity for it to be a part of this new solo project. I remember writing the guitar intro in my bedroom and just loving the feeling so much I stayed up all night to finish arranging the song and wrote about 80% of the lyrics on the spot. Focused a lot on a more straight forward story telling approach and dialing back on the metaphors a bit. The rawness of the lyrics felt right with it being a pretty basic song musically.
With the release of that single, fans were left to wonder what was to follow. What people could expect - and much sooner rather than later - was Reece’s debut EP under The Mixtape Theory.
“[It has] a good mixture of music. Every song is pretty different from the last. Lyrically and musically. Really happy with how much variety is on the EP I think it'll catch a lot of people off guard, in a good way, hopefully,” Reece says about the release.
While the EP was announced not too long after the release of its lead single, it wasn't made as quickly and as easily and there were a couple challenges faced while it was still being put together.
“We tracked the entire EP in our practice studio. Some nights there would be a lot of noise from other bands practicing or producers nearby mixing their own music on really loud speakers with subs, so we had to do a lot of waiting and pausing and redo a ton of guitar tracking.. other than that, Ciro (who is also the drummer in my main project, Demon In Me) did a fantastic job recording and mixing everything. Normally I would be faced with the issue of not going to a really established producer for this type of material but we're both really proud of the final result,” Reece explains about how the EP was made.
This EP, titled “To Make People Happy,” was released relatively quickly after “Glass,” but some of it had been in the works for a long time beforehand.
“I guess another challenge really was readjusting to an old style since a couple of these tracks are 5-6 years old.. which is cool for me because these are tracks I've always wanted to re track and release,” he explains.
"IT REALLY IS JUST ME GETTING SOME MUSIC OUT AND SHARING A DIFFERENT SIDE OF MYSELF AS A SONGWRITER."
Along with The Mixtape Theory, Kylle Reece is the lead vocalist and guitarist of a band called Demon In Me. In late 2016, the alternative rock group released their successful debut "Here's Your Way Out." While the music that Demon In Me makes is a bit more hard hitting and aggressive, The Mixtape Theory shows off just as much emotion, but captured in a different way.
“I'm looking forward to getting a different side of me out.. I think for a long time Demon In Me has been a 24/7 constant for my mind and it's been really refreshing to put some energy into the songs that I've created that won't fit under the DIM umbrella. The band of course will always remain as the primary focus for me, but this is a really cool outlet for me. I'm also really looking forward to how simple it is.. musically and logistically. No label, no pressure surrounding numbers or marketing or record sales.. it really is just me getting some music out and sharing a different side of myself as a songwriter,” he says regarding what he’s looking forward to about The Mixtape Theory.
So, what’s next?
“Hopefully a lot of music. I write a lot of songs.. I'm constantly writing and recording new material. We already have a set of tracks slated for another EP for this project along with 15-20 tracks for the second DIM full length. So we've definitely be busy, and because it's an all digital project and we record and release everything ourselves, there should be a healthy amount of music released from this project. It's also anything and everything that doesn't end up becoming a DIM song, so the genre variety of this project is also something that I'm really looking forward to as well,” he reveals.
We're looking forward to it, too.
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UK based pop punk band Shark Bait have dropped their debut single “Please Guy.”
We got the chance to talk to guitarist/backing vocalist Max Shirtliff about the debut.
What inspired the plot of the music video?
Max: [It was] based on true events, a close friend of the band moved to Japan to live in Tokyo all of a sudden; the blow up doll was just for fun.
Do you have any favorite memories from making it?
Max: It was all so much fun, squeezing into a child size Darth Vader costume was pretty funny though.
What was the writing/recording process like for it?
Max: Writing the song was great, the chap who it is based on is a very unique fool, so we had a lot of material to work with haha
As for recording, we have a top bloke in the country side we swear by, we also make an event of the journey and camp before we record which is always ace!
What can people expect following the song?
Max: We have so many great songs we could not be more excited to release, I think we will quickly follow up with another 2 singles and then a lengthy EP or maybe even an album but we will have to see.
Watch the video for “Please Guy” below!
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JABUN'S "DAYDREAM" COMES TO LIFE
Vocalist, engineer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Standing has been involved in many musical projects over the years, from releasing catchy ska-punk music under Better Than The Book, to being an engineer and producing music, to collaborating with other various artists, to putting his instrumental talents to good use to create a unique sound with his first project, Jabun.