Many readers out there assumed the Philadelphia Music Examiner would be the first to post a Top Ten Albums of 2010 list, however, it was deemed unnecessary and here’s why: So many music heads out there did their utmost research and created well designed top ten’s that could give Pitchfork a run for its money. With a nod of approval to those lists out there and all those folks looking behind at the goodness we had in 2010, PME felt it was absolutely essential to champion the cause of looking ahead at what 2011 has in store (very glass half full) and the first artist that caught the eye was Kyle Andrews.
Andrews, a 28-year-old Nashville transplant from Chicago, may not ring any bells right off the bat, but you’ve probably heard him before. His song, “Bombs Away”, was featured in the Doritos “Bring On the Night” commercial. Beyond his rotation on TV, Andrews has built an ever-expanding music catalog of indie-pop tunes and he’s done it the way many only dream, by himself. Having produced his first album in his basement in 2006, he’s gone on to win praise from WXPN (NPR) and Filter Magazine as well as put out two EP’s, Find Love, Let Go (2007) and KANGAROO (2010). Now, in 2011, on the cusp of a new album release entitled Robot Love Learn, he’s preparing to dig in and get ready for the future while not forgetting about his past.
Philadelphia Music Examiner: When did you decide music was the path you wanted to take and that it was the right one?
Kyle Andrews: I started recording and writing when I was in 6th grade and just kinda spent my time doing that. It wasn’t until I moved to Nashville eight years ago that I thought I could really do this as a job.
PE: How has moving to Nashville changed your music?
KA: Nashville is a really inviting place and everyone makes music. Making music is respected in Nashville and it’s an encouraging atmosphere.
PE: Have you been working on these projects solo or do you collaborate with some other musicians?
KA: As far as recording, writing, and making records, I primarily work on my own but I do have a group that I put together when we play live.
PE: You still sound indie but you’re also working the pop angle, is it challenging to keep things indie-pop and away from mainstream pigeon holed pop, a la Beiber?
KA: I don’t think too hard about it. I try to make something that’s likeable. I want to enjoy what I’m making and I want other people to have it stuck in their head. You know, my voice is just my voice, it has its limitations. No matter how poppy I make something, it will still sound like me.
PE: Tell me a little about the new album, Robot Learn Love. How is this different from your other stuff?
KA: When I go to work, I don’t have a sense of what I should sound like or what others expect of me based on what I did previously. The average person puts on their Ipod on shuffle and they’re used to listening to a wide variety, so I think I can do whatever I feel like and hopefully there’s something there people can connect with. I’m confident about Robot Learn Love. It will definitely be different but it’ll be fun. The music is all high energy and hopefully it’s the type of stuff you’d put on before you’d go out with some friends. The album is coming out in Spring 2011.
PE: Where do you see your music taking you?
KA: I’m really fortunate and always feel like I’m moving forward. I have high hopes for this next record and just want as many peope to hear it as possible and give a chance.
PE: Any shows coming up?
KA: I’m going to South by Southwest and planning on a tour towards Spring.
PE: Thanks so much for your time and come to Philly soon
KA: No problem and I will!
For more information on Kyle Andrews, free music, and other cool stuff visit: www.kyleandrews.com
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