Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyara Kalb.
Kyara, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing and taking lessons later than most musicians. I grew up in a very sports and academic centered household where art and creativity were respected, but not prevalent. Early in high school, I quit sports altogether to pursue other outlets of expression after struggling with anxiety, depression, and a developing eating disorder.
Around the same time, my younger brother Max (born a quadriplegic with arthrogryposis and scoliosis) was recovering from years of consecutive surgeries and illnesses.
It was then when my parents decided to enroll Max and I (and eventually my younger sister Emma) into a local music school. It quickly enveloped our lives. I felt like I had finally found something that made me feel understood, alive, and beautiful; what I was missing. My family and I will be forever grateful to the staff at Danmans music, where we all got our start.
Later in high school, I started experimenting with my own songwriting. I always had a deep love for melodies and storytelling; growing up on artists like James Taylor, to Enya and The Dixie Chicks. When I turned 18, I was hired at Danmans School as a teacher too, where I taught music for almost five years. Currently, I am 24 and teach music through my own private business, as well as performing locally in Orange County often.
Teaching has taught me more about music than I’d ever dreamed of knowing; but unbeknownst to me, the lessons quickly became both moral and pragmatic. I was starting to grasp the world and my own small but important impact on it. Now, more than ever, I believe in the power of learning from and adapting to the environment that surrounds us. I am so grateful that I have found the path of songwriting, performing, and teaching to express my perception on it all and am excited to continue learning and creating.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As all things worthwhile and aimed to help propel yourself forward, I have faced many challenges along my path. Yet interestingly enough, (ha) each of these lessons learned has positively impacted my life and those around me. My best advice for those pursuing a full-time music career is to never be afraid to keep learning; and look to every experience as an opportunity to learn and become better.
Please tell us about Kleinahexa.
It’s the indescribable feeling-bomb of “every emotion you’ve ever felt” that keeps me going. There’s something about certain songs, certain vocalists, and certain lyrics that I’m addicted to. It’s something that makes me feel seen and hidden all at once. I just want to keep that feeling alive in others in any way I can, and I think that goal sets me apart from a lot of other musicians and teachers that I’ve encountered.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t change a thing! If anything, I’d go back and keep a journal of it all!
- Website: https://www.kleinahexa.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kleinahexa
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