9 Questions With Kyle Swidall – an interview with September Featured Artist.
I sent a list of nine questions to Kyle and here are the results. (I really believe you’ll like them all)
1. How old were you when you started writing poetry?
To be technical, it would be middle school, 7th or 8th grade, but I didn’t take to it then- felt too confined to the technical “rules” as opposed to having literary “tools”. So The really real answer would be about a year and a half to two years. Words started flowing out rhtymically, and rhyming seemed to happen more often. It comes and goes though.
2. How long have you been playing music?
Technically I “learned” piano when I was 9, but didn’t take to the lessons very well: Again it felt like too much restriction. I had more fun messing around on it, and finding little melodies of my own. But the piano got broken so I didn’t get to play regularly again, until I was about 16 or 17, when a very close- though now departed- friend, Matthew Harmeyer, encouraged me to play in his band “Sardonic Laughter”.
Then Pandora’s Box got opened, songs seemed to poor out of my finger tips, and I bought a thousand dollar keyboard instead of a car… I still don’t regret that choice. But just like the poetry, I go through dry spells, in which I just don’t have any motivation nor inspiration to play…
3. Why do you write?
Depends on the moment. Easy answer is because I feel compelled. I must. Sometimes it’s to solve an emotional riddle that my brain’s circling around, and if I don’t write my thoughts out they go all over the place. Sometimes it’s because I’m feeling something profound, or had a realization that I want to document. Sometimes it’s just because I had a funny idea (to me at least) and didn’t want to forget it.
When I was attempting to do standup a few years back, I found forcing myself to write ended up with a bad result- it felt forced.
Now I try to make room in my life for writing, so anything can at least have an opportunity to come out, whether its on a break, or even during a shift, with a pad of paper hidden in the corner, scribbling out whatevers pouring out, in between actual work stuff. (No one says anything, as long as I’m still doing the job.) I’d love to say that I had some grand, noble, or well thought out goal, but typically writing is very very selfish for me. I just want to and have to.
4. How long have you been coming out to Creativa?
Since before it was “Creativa”. I think I was 19, or 20… Now I’m 30. I like it because apart from some pretty flimsy time constraints, I can do, say, and be what ever I want in the moment of my performance. And I love watching others take advantage of that same freedom…
Not everyone may enjoy what I’m doing, and I may not enjoy everyone else’s things, but it’s much more engaging than staring at a blank page, wondering what the bloody point is. What was mine again?
5. What other creative endeavors are you embarking on?
I really enjoy cooking. I’ve got a lot of novel/fiction ideas, that I’ve yet to actually write out.
6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
I’m very undecided on this. I like it in the Cincinnati area, for the familiarity, and because I have friends and family out here. But I have an unsettled feeling, and haven’t really explored enough to make any solid declaration such as- Omaha’s the shit! (never been there…) I can say that Florence is GREAT to visit… Arizona has some very friendly people… and Alabama ain’t bad needer.(I have a lot of family in Alabama…)
7. What inspires your creativity?
Life. People. Experiences. Those moments of passion, that make other moments simply gray by comparison, and yet having the memory colors the experience of life in such a way that it’s a mission to create more of those moments… Yeah… Life in general.
8. Are you working towards publication of your writing?
Should I be? Maybe some day… for now I just write to write. And share to give the work a purpose beyond my own edification.
9. What’s your favorite musician/band?
I don’t have a solitary “favorite”, just the ones I love: VAST, Tim Minchin, Lisa Hannigan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, The Beetles, Moonspell, My Dying Bride, Clint Mansell. And there’s always room for more.
Thanks Kyle! I love the answers. Looking forward to your performance on Saturday September 14, 2013
If you want to see an eclectic, unique, off-beat, awesome open mic event then come on out to Creativa 9-14-2013.