We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Krone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
If you’re an artist or someone with a creative vision who is searching for some form of expression that rings true, be it in your own heart and soul or in something you observe outside of yourself I believe inherent risk is always present. While these feelings are quite natural and add up rather beautifully in the natural world at least in your head, at the same time dualistically we are also living in an unnatural man made world with unnatural expectations and real life consequences. In other words you may write what you feel is the best song or book of your life, or you may paint what you feel is the greatest painting you’ve done that perfectly expresses your vision and that act of creation created some kind of desirable return in terms of emotions and contributed to some sense of well being though didn’t result in some quantifiable benefit so it can be risky. You know you may have spent a bunch of cash or time to achieve what you wanted and then it doesn’t sell or create a circumstance where it would enable you to keep pushing foward from a sincere artistic place. Personally when I feel something there is often this desire to express it and what I’ve found is to do that really sincerely and to do it well requires an enormous commitment to your vision, this leaves time for little else. In a way you find yourself cutting through whatever safety nets that may be holding you up, whatever backup plans you may rest on, in an effort to achieve your vision which may leave you pennyless. Ironcailly though I feel that many times when a creative work truly connects with people and garners an enthusiastic authentic response it was often created by someone who was “all in” and burned whatever bridges they crossed over back to the mainland where there is some sense of security and reliablity. I feel like the further you venture out the more the truth is revealed to you and perhaps enables you to make better art thats more steeped in something true and beautiful that will make that effort all the more likely to connect with others. At least thats what I tell myself. Keats said “Beauty is truth. truth is beauty.” A statement that is both simple and profound, this kind of thinking sort of guides my creative life. There is also a lot of protection when you’re doing what you really want to do with your life, regardless of the result. Artists struggle, but the mere act of creation feels like something that is inherently a good thing to me, there are benefits to your soul and your well-being that can often outweigh a paycheck or some kind of status and noteirity. You sort of have to just follow that inner voice and give it a chance to be heard so that you’re living true to your own internal compass and not doing things for the wrong reasons which ultimately, in my view, would be doomed to fail anyways. Its a risky profession but for me its worthwhile.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I sort of have this belief that there is no such thing as a short cut, only precieved shortcuts that are actual more like detours sometimes. Its taken me quite awhile to come to this conclusion and I think I had to travel off the tried and true long hard road a few times and try some of those precieved shortcuts to find out that for me they were really just dead ends that required doubling back and starting back on the main path. So the answer is no, its not easy and nothing really worthwhile is easy. I mean there are things in life that are worthwhile that are easy like being kind and treating everyone with dignity and respect can be easy or natural but in terms of creating something that really has meaning and matters is not easy, even when it seems like it was. For example some mornings I’ll wake up and just sort of have this fully formed song in my head and it might only take me 5 or 10 minutes to write it out and seemed really easy but all the things that maybe had to happend that preceeded that event werent really easy, like the years of learning how to play instruments or learning how to record and use all the equipment etc. Its time consuming and requires a lot of dilligence and commitment. Music is this language in a way and you may have this amazing idea in your head and the trick is being able to translate the sound you hear in your head to something real that others can hear and hopefully enjoy and to be able to do that it takes time. Whatever I have achieved so far I think mainly comes from a combination of just having a lot of creative ideas and things I want to say or express and then the will to actually manifest them into reality and all the supprotive people that have believed in me. A lot of the challenges have had to do with reconciling an artistic vision with the constraints of reality, wethere thats money, or time or just the energy thats required to do it right. I just want to write these songs and make this music and this art that I like, that excites me in some way or makes life feel really worthwhile and meaningful.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like driving up the coast in California. All the little coastal towns hold a lot of charm for me, that is usually what I do with friends from out of town. I tend to be more keen on the small business vibe, the boutique hotels and weirder more left of center kinds of shops and restaurants. You know, I look for the cool little privately owned cafe in lieu of a starbucks or whatever. A couple specific places I love in my area: THE HIVE in Dana Point is a super rad little botique shop that makes the best ice cream sandwhiches in the world and sells neat handmade things and cool things sourced locally and from interesting places around the world. I love this cafe in San Clemente called J’adore on Del Mar, as soon as you walk in the door you feel like your in the South Of France. I also love this little coffee shop in San Clemente called Rapport by Cafe Smith, its so no nonsense and they make incredible coffee.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The list of supportive people in my life that have in some way helped enable me to persue my creative goals and encouraged me and allowed me to continue on this path is fairly long. First and foremost my folks and siblings who have always supported and applauded my efforts as well as the families of my oldest closets friends and former band mates. The Krone, Kweskin and Wulff families. My girlfriend who is my bestfriend and an amazing creative and kind person that gives me all the room in the world to be myself and do what I feel I need to do and is also a source of endless inspiration and puts up with all the recording sessions, writing and mixing that goes on in our house. All my musicial Brothers and Sisters and the artists I work with who provide all kinds of inspiration, energy and enthusiam that keeps me moving forward. I mean this is one of the wonderful things about making music is that it allows you to connect and have this meaningful interaction with all these people you come to love and admire.
Other: My new band: https://casualvice.com https://www.instagram.com/casualvice/