Interview : Kyle Soto / Seahaven – Paris (07.10.2013)

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“Lay in the bed and put your headphones on (…)”

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to meet Kyle Soto from Seahaven on their stop in Paris with The Story So Far and ask him a few questions. Most of the interview is video recorded, unfortunately we struggled with some technical issues towards the end and therefore decided to write down the last questions, which is why you’ve got a first part (17 minutes) that is filmed and a second right below that is written. If you want to hear and see Kyle talking about what he’s been up to with Seahaven these past years and their projects in front of a lovely scenery (the Seine river and a sunset), then you should definitely watch this video!

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PART DEUX –  “I just want to make genuine music.” 

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– The artwork of this album is quite beautiful, how and why did you chose it ? What’s the meaning behind it ?
It’s hard to elaborate on it without giving too much away about the record thematically. I would say that the esthetic of the artwork – i’m really happy about the artwork- fits very well of what the record sounds like. It’s hazy and red. That’s one of the reason it was chosen but that’s definitely part of it, just the way it looks and the feeling you get when you see that photo is definitely cohesive with what you hear in the record. There is definitely some other meanings but it’s hard to say without giving away tips about the album.

– Talking about your band historically and yourself as an artist, what made you decide to make a career out of your music? What was the turning point ?
I’ve done bands when I was younger, just trying to figure out music, learning music and trying bands out. While a lot of my friends were trying out different types of bands, I had one main project with some couple friends when we were younger and we worked on that. That’s always been the idea. We didn’t want to start a band to make money out of it, we wanted to have a vision and progress with that, rather than having these scattered brained ideas. That has always been my mentality anyway. So when I was younger, and we stopped doing that, I started playing acoustic by myself and just playing around, and I just wanted to make a full band out of it. Because when we were younger, our music was -I can’t say less mature because music is music- but it was younger too. So when we got older, we decided to finally start the project that we wanted, like just a serious rock band, a real thing. So I took the acoustic thing, put it in the back burner and turned it into that and I had my good friends, and it felt just really natural. We never had expectations or knew it would happen as quick as it did, but things just happened and we really happy about it.

– What was the most memorable event of your music career so far?
That’s a very hard question. I don’t know. As you progress, more and more cool things keep happening to you. I mean, I’m in Paris, I saw the Eiffel Tower and we got there right when the sun was falling and the lights were turning on, I saw the first time that it sparkled and I just sat there and was wondering how did that happen, how am I here. So probably last night. Things like that are amazing, you tour all over but the Eiffel Tower is the Eiffel Tower.

– What would you say is your favorite Seahaven song? The one or couple of ones that you’re the most proud of?
I think I just think too much about this. Not this specifically but like if I say this is my favorite one, it will discredit the other ones. I mean I’m proud of all of them. I’m very very happy with some new ones on the new record, the whole record actually. I could say Honey bee or songs on the new record because it started as just me acoustic, and I love when it’s quite and slow. Anyway, I don’t know, it’s a hard question 🙂

– How would you like to evolve as an artist and music maker in the future?
Regardless that this band has success or not, I would like to keep making music that I want to make, that we want to make. Because at the end of the day, it’s all that matters, because the only reason that this works is because of our fans and people that appreciate us, but it can’t work if they were there and we’re playing music that we hate, it’s a two sided relationship. So, if like we have success and then say we have to do this kind of record over and over again, I don’t want to do that or if we don’t have success, we’re like we have to do the old stuff again, I don’t want to do neither. So we have to make sure we’re making music we want and when I listen to a record, I’m happy with it.  It makes sense for me. And as long as we truly think that it feels right, there always gonna be people that receive and are on the same edge, whether it’s two or a million people. If it’s genuine music, I feel that people will hear that. So I just want to make genuine music.

– It’s not really easy to make your mark in music nowadays, as there is no room for everyone, what makes fans stick to bands, according to you?
 I would like to think I know but there are a lot of bands that are really big and I don’t understand. I don’t know. I’d like to say it’s making honest music, that has meaning, but there is just so many bands that do it for gimmick or whatever and are huge. So I don’t know. I guess it just depends of the kind of fans you have. There are big bands that are great and big bands that aren’t. So I don’t get it.

– To sum up, what’s next for Seahaven?
We’re gonna release the record finally and I’m gonna be extremely happy, to let it go and let people hear it. And then, we’ll do some tours and some videos. We’re very curious to see what happens with this next record and how people receive because it’s definitely different. So we just want to see what people will think of it.

– Anything else you would like to add?
God bless the Eiffel Tower (laughs). Paris is beautiful, that will be my last words.

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Show review : here.

Mary
I have a tendency to seek for new sounds and humbly contribute to its living. I'm a dreamer, I live for today and take the time to appreciate every single thing that life has to offer.

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