Kyle Stemberger is on the rise. While the sentiment can be overused these days, in Kyle’s case, it speaks perfectly to where the American super-producer is on his journey. Kyle has been undergoing tremendous growth this year, from becoming a sought-after producer to harnessing a solid fan base, and his future looks bright.
In an interview with Thisis50, Kyle shares a bit more about his musical progress.
Let’s talk about your name Kyle Stemberger. As a producer, why did you decide to stick to your government name?
I always tried to come up with a stage name to go by, and every time I thought of one, I would end up wanting to change it or thinking it’s corny within a few weeks, so I just decided to use my actual name. Honestly, I used to hate it because it is kind of weird having everyone know you by your exact name, but it’s grown on me. When I think of absolute legends in music (Max Martin, Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin) or people who inspire my music (Frank Dukes, Louis Bell, etc.), they all use their real names, and it just sticks out in a way, it’s hard to explain. I have a pretty unique name, too, so it’s hard to forget, haha.
You’ve previously spoken about being influenced by several producers. Do you still consider yourself a student of modern hip-hop trends?
Absolutely. If it’s a trend, it’s usually a trend for a reason. I don’t ever hop on trends in music because it’s hot, but I am always listening to new artists/producers to take inspiration from and work with. I’m always trying to learn new techniques & styles of music, so I study a lot of the new stuff coming out.
When it comes to genre-bending, how comfortable are you in that realm? Do you collaborate with other producers often?
I feel very comfortable with it, but when I’m working on new stuff, I don’t think I ever sit there like “I’m genre-bending on this one” or anything; it just naturally happens since I’m listening to so many different types of music. I’m collaborating with other producers nearly every day; I would prefer to work with another producer for the rest of my life vs. working alone for the rest of my life. It helps me stay inspired and have an ear with me that hears things differently than I do. When you find another producer that you mesh with well, it’s a game-changer.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
As far as keeping myself motivated and working, I always remember that music is the thing I’ve been most passionate about my whole life; and the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. I have to be thankful this is what I get to wake up and do every single day. As far as creatively, I’d say listening to a ton of different music. When I get burned out and have trouble making anything, I’ll put on some weird music that I would never listen to, go down a rabbit hole of random music, and start getting new ideas to incorporate into my work. I’ve been taking inspiration from a lot of music outside of just rap. I’ve been listening to a lot of 80’a psychedelic music, some fire new indie artists I found, and even some early 2000s pop music recently.
So, what does the rest of the year look like for you? What’s dropping next?
It’s going to be an incredible year for me. I have many songs I’m excited about on the way; it’s the first release where I’ve experimented with my sound & different genres. Keep an eye out.
What are your career goals?
In short, I want to keep making as many songs as I can & improve as a producer overall. I want to get that #1 song soon, finally. Further down the road, I don’t have any specific goals yet. I’ve been thinking about starting my own company/label down the road and signing new artists & producers that I believe in, maybe even putting out some of my music w/ artists, who knows.