Exclusive Kyle Stemberger Interview with Muzique Magazine
Born & raised outside of Atlanta, GA, Kyle Stemberger has produced singles with artists ranging from Jorja Smith & Burna Boy to Flipp Dinero & Lil Baby, bringing in multiple Platinum Records & Billboard #1’s, receiving seemingly overnight success after a lifetime of honing in on his musical talent.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I got into music at a super young age. The earliest memory I have as far as having any interest in creating music was back when I was around 6 years old. My parents took me to see Christmas lights in my hometown, and I was able to come home and instantly play the music I heard that night by memory on the piano my family had.
This led to me developing perfect pitch, which gives me the ability to play almost any song by ear. I managed to teach myself the basics of piano and eventually picked up the guitar. As far as actually producing music, that all started in Middle School. I got into hip-hop & electronic music and was always curious how people were making it, so I start researching and ended up download a trial version of FL Studio. I started teaching myself how to make tracks by watching other producers that inspired me on YouTube.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I think my style is a combination of all the music I listened to when I was younger.
I was listening to a lot of Future, Young Thug, Drake, etc. and on the flip slide I was listening to a lot of bands from the 80’s that my parents would play, and more alternative bands like Tame Impala & MGMT. I was a more melodic style of production and I think the melodic side comes from the bands I was listening to, and then the percussive side of things coming from producers like Metro Boomin, Pierre Bourne, etc.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I’m not sure about my greatest challenge, but one I’ve noticed recently is that I am naturally a more introverted person, and when I came out to LA, I kind of had to force myself to go out and meet people at the studio every day. I’m glad I challenged myself and still do to this day because it helped me develop my personality & have a lot more confidence in myself. And as far as my greatest attribute, I think it’s the fact that I am able to put myself in situations a lot of other people would be nervous too, and end up meeting people who I otherwise may have not met.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I don’t think I am the best producer of all time by any means, but I think I am the best at exactly what I do and that’s what’s most important. There are certain things I am good at that one of my friends maybe not that great at, so they can call me up to help them on a track and vice versa.
What are your plans for the near future?
My plans right now are to just keep doing what I’ve been doing, work on getting some more credits under my belt, and making the best music I can. I do want to start an entertainment company of my own one day, where I’d seek out new artists, producers, writers, etc. that I believe in and help guide & manage them. That’s a lot further down the road though, I’m really just focusing on music now.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
Definitely, shoutout to everyone on my team – my manager Peter, lawyer Elena, and everyone at my label Prescription Songs that works with me day-to-day. They all help take care of all the important stuff that’s outside of just creating music and there’s no way I would be here without them!
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
That anyone can make it into any level in whatever industry you are in, you just have to learn what’s special about you and how you can use that as leverage. Since I had the foundation of playing piano & guitar, I found that I can leverage myself into working with huge producers by sending them my own guitar recordings, since the guitar was becoming a very popular element in hip-hop music.
If you are in a room with 5 people, and every single one of them can do exactly what you do, you’re not gonna make the same impact you would if you were focusing on whatever it is that sets you apart from others. That can be anything it doesn’t have to be just about talent & skill, it could be your personality, work ethic, etc. If I didn’t have the leverage I did off of being an instrumentalist before a producer then I would’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities that I was given.