Hailing from West London, Southall, artist Kyote Noir found success early in his career as an original member of London based group The Age Of L.U.N.A.
With the release of his latest body of work, ‘Bet On Yourself’ Kyote continues to take his solo career by storm as he showcases his full rap capabilities and smooth melodies.
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Speaking to us at Projext Liquid, Kyote shares the highlights on his music journey so far and talks on discovering his new sound in dancehall.
What first got you into music?
What got me into music was my brother, one day he came into my room and said, "I know you like football but, always write rhymes". Then one day I saw Chipmunk and Ice Kid on Tim Westwood, they were 16 and I was like wow these guys are sick. From there I was just inspired and started writing. I’ve always loved music.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as unique because I don’t just rap and I don’t just sing. I like to explore with different genres so you might hear a bit of dancehall in my music, you might hear a bit of hip hop in my music, so it’s just unique to me.
What’s your favourite song on 'Bet On Yourself?
My favourite song would probably be ‘P.M.R’ just because of the history behind it. Two of my favourite rappers 2pac and Nipsey Hussle both brought out ‘Picture Me Rollin’, and then me just following after, I love that! It’s like a generational trilogy, but if it’s not ‘PMR’ then its ‘Dolo’ because it’s very deep to me. I’ve spoken some things I’ve never spoken about before, not even my family knows the type of things I’m talking about in that song; in the second verse to be specific. To be real with you, I like the whole EP.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
That is a tough question! There’re a few people, I’ll give you three. My dream collaboration would be Popcaan, but I don’t even know if I would collaborate with him because I’d just want to get advice from him. I would love to work with Pharrell, I would like to see what he could do with my sound, mixing dancehall with hiphop and his own imagination. I think that would be dope. The last would be Skiifall.
Who inspires you?
Drake inspires me, because he does what he wants and does it good, he shows love to everyone, and everyone embraces him. He’s the biggest artist in the world right now and no one can take that away from him. You can just tell when you look at him and when you listen to him he’s a real genuine person, even at his status.
What’s your career highlight so far?
Doing everything I’ve done with The Age of L.U.N.A, being able to just have that moment of calmness and figure things out for myself and trying new things with my music. Going from making hip hop to discovering the fact that I’m really good at using my voice when it comes to dancehall and just trying new thing. Making music and performing music will always be the best part of my career, seeing people happy and seeing people enjoy the music I make.
What was the best part of making 'Bet On Yourself'?
Not writing it! Just going on the mic and rapping it. It opened my eyes to the fact that I can actually do that. I was never really a big fan of freestyling, I would always like to sit down and think and overthink, but I felt like the process was very therapeutic, to let it flow as I was able to get some things off my chest and whatever situations occur I was able to just go on the mic and rap. That was probably the best part about recording that EP.
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