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Meet Notkyle in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Notkyle.

Notkyle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Through my family, I’ve been surrounded by music my entire life, but I was always too shy to get into it because I feared I wouldn’t be good enough and that I would just get made fun of. It was when I picked up my first guitar in 7th grade and a few lessons later when I found music to become a passion of mine. Later, I taught myself how to play the ukulele and even sang in public for the first time with my cousin in 8th grade; at that moment, I knew I had to find the courage to perform again.

Thankfully, a lot of my close friends are musically inclined, so we’d teach each other how to play and write songs after school and on the weekends. Open mic nights, talent shows, and meeting other musicians encouraged me to finally write my own songs. My first two singles “Luv, Goodbye.” and “OTW” were made possible in collaboration with talented individuals, and I’m just looking forward to more projects to share with everyone.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In late January of this year, I found out I had a herniated disc, where I was bedridden and unable to walk for over a month. Now, the world is experiencing a pandemic where we’re limited in physically being together. Because of these obstacles, I haven’t been able to work on music how I’m used to, but experiences like these remind me why it’s so important to find unique ways to communicate, be resourceful with what you have, and ultimately push forward and maintain a positive mindset.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Notkyle is an independent artist whose music is heavily influenced by the life of a 20something. A lot of my songs are inspired by love, heartbreak, and personal experience that I hope any listener can relate to. I also use NotKyle as a platform not only for my music but to showcase other talented producers, voices, photographers, videographers, designers, etc. to share their creative outlets in collaboration with mine.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Like I’ve mentioned, Notkyle projects are collaborative efforts. From music production to artwork, to visuals ⁠— without the help and support of some very talented individuals, these projects would not be possible. I’d like to quickly thank Richlee for producing, mixing and mastering my first two singles, Justine Rosario for always capturing visuals perfectly, Sam Danan for helping me portray my feelings and thoughts through visual design, and most importantly my family, friends and all of #nottienation for their love and support.


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