From the beach side landscape of Byron Bay, Kyle Lionhart has introduced an emotionally driven acoustic collection of tracks over the years that also dive into relaxed summer vibes. With his new single ’So Close’ out in the world he introduces a bigger energy that hears him getting closer to those big festival crowds that he’s destined for. Following the release of the single he will be hitting the road at the end of April for a massive 14 date Australian tour.
I recently chatted to Kyle Lionhart about reflecting on relationships and vulnerable moments through is music, building a bolder sound and how he’s going to implement that into his new live show and find out what he’s weirdest touring experience has been. Check out the chat HERE;
TB: Your new single ‘So Close’ hears you reflecting on the end of a relationship where you’re feeling a little uneasy because you really did see a future with them. So when you write heartbreak songs do you usually find yourself writing them in the moment or reflecting back on them?
KL: I pretty much always write upon reflection, through the fragments of emotions in which I remember them to be.
TB: My favourite lyric in the song is; “We were so close to walking down the same path”. So can you give us a little behind the scenes reflection on this line?
KL: Basically, its the feeling of having everything feeling so right for the first part of a relationship but its when the small details and complexities get lost that you start to grow apart. It’s painful to watch it without having any control over the outcome and reflecting on moments that were pivotal in the relationship and realising that you were so close to getting it right.
TB: ’So Close’ also hears you heading towards a bolder festival ready production. So what was inspiring you in the studio when you were working on this track?
KL: Jeff Buckley has always been one of my biggest influences so there’s always been an element of me that’s wanted to be a little more aggressive with my voice and production and this song gave me that opportunity to do that.
TB: Reflecting on your progression as an artist what would you say has been your most vulnerable moment as a songwriter so far?
KL: Writing a song about my personal struggle with depression and then building the courage to talk about the song on stage and within my platform to encourage fellow brothers to do the same would have been my most vulnerable moment as an artist. We have centuries of stigma and emotional oppression. For a man to be vulnerable, open and honest with himself I think, is one of the most courageous things a man can embody.
TB: You’re going to be hitting the road at the end of April for a big string of headlines shows. So what can your fans expect from these live shows?
KL: The word that comes to mind is energy. In the past, I’ve played a lot of theatres sit down shows which have been incredible but this time I’m choosing mostly stand up venues because I want people to move and get psyched a little more. I’m adding new elements to my performance so I can play a little more upbeat set and in general just create as many good vibes as possible.
TB: You’ve played a lot of shows around Australia and opened for some pretty great acts. So what has playing live shows taught you the most about yourself as an artist?
KL: That I’m just like everybody else. I’m not alone and my problems are not unique just relative to my situation. We’re all the fucking same, all dealing with life’s shit that gets thrown at us and its beautiful. Its made me become a compassion enthusiast *laughs*.
TB: Reflecting on your touring experiences what would you say has been one of the weirdest/craziest or funniest moment on the road?
KL: Weirdest and funniest touring moment was probably taking LSD in France and walking around Toulouse *laughs*
TB: Who is an Australian newcomer that you think people need to check out at the moment?
Look out for Tay Oskee I feel you’ll be hearing a lot from him in the coming months, his music is fire!
TB: Let’s play a little game of rapid-fire questions where I’m going to ask you some questions that you just need to answer with the first thing that comes to mind.
TB: My morning pump up song is…
KL: ‘Till I Collapse’ by Eminem
TB: If I could have any superpower it would be…
TB: This morning I…
KL: Put my runners on with no intention of running
TB: The emoji that best describes my new single is…
KL: The muscly arm!
SO CLOSE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Wednesday 24 April – 48 Watt Street, Newcastle
Friday 26 April – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Saturday 27 April – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sunday 28 April – The Basement, Canberra
Thursday 2 May – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Friday 3 May – Northcote Social Club, Northcote
Saturday 4 May – Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Sunday 5 May – God’s Kitchen, Mornington
Friday 17 May – Soundlounge, Gold Coast
Saturday 18 May – The Foundry, Brisbane
Sunday 19 May – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay
Friday 24 May – Jive, Adelaide
Saturday 25 May – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Sunday 26 May – The Aardvark, Fremantle