#Weknowthedj Exclusive: Introducing Kyle Varga!

March 4, 2014
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“It’s never an overnight success. There’s planning, timing and hard work that goes behind it all.” Kyle Vojdani, better known as Kyle Varga may be young but he’s got his blinders on and headed straight towards success. After one conversation with the Canadian talent, perseverance, determination and work ethic showed no bounds.

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When did you decide to get into music? 

There was never a point in time when music became important, it was something that was always with me. Something I always had. At first it started as poetry, journals, it got me through things back in the day. Then that evolved into something else which is my music. I just fell in love with the connection to music. The power it had to bring people together no matter where or who you were. I really noticed this when I moved to Waterloo at 16. I appreciated its power of connection. So then, what began as covers of popular songs, turned into what you see today; my original music. 

What were the inspirations that made you pursue this?

Within the industry? Seeing other artists succeed. Seeing the artists come from nothing and work hard for their huge success. Macklemore is an example of inspiration, he demonstrated individuality. He gained so much hype while staying independent. Yeah that inspires me. 

What would you say is your style or genre?

This is a hard one. Hip-Hop/Pop. I strive to challenge myself and push myself for my followers, fans and listeners. My definite characteristic would be versatility. In my latest record Falsetto, it’s an R&B style and it’s seductive. That was important to me, to make something that gives a different experience. 

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So with that latest track, Falsetto, what inspired it?

I have an attachment to it obviously because it’s my first single and music video. I think the best songs are the ones that come effortlessly, going to the studio without expectations and coming out having created something natural. When I was creating Falsetto, I wanted to give fans something they haven’t experienced before. The idea of taking someone to other heights just like the actual term “falsetto” is taking vocal range to another level, I wanted to do that for the experience. 

What about the concept of the video? 

Oh it was a lengthy process. I wanted to make sure my first video was right and wanted to show more, to showcase my music. So a good friend of mine JRDN introduced me to Cazhhmere, she’s a director. I fell in love with her videography and knew it needed it to be her to shoot my first music video. She was happy to join us in our project. I really wanted to be hands on and needed to have insight and be part of the process. So we went back and forth with different treatments. We did run into problems but we overcame them and actually in the end went with one of my treatments. 

So what was the idea behind the story in this video?

Originally, for the video, we wanted to do something catchy. Not the typical Hip-Hop/Rap video with naked girls and booze. I wanted to capture a story and that’s when I initially came up with the Bonnie and Clyde theme. Two lovers that are going through a hassle breaking into places for the thrill of it, it was a cool story concept. This was just an urban day version – more like breaking into a studio in Toronto and recording. 

You mentioned JRDN, would you consider him a mentor? 

I would. As much as he is successful, being in a situation that he’s in I can relate to him. He’s given me advice and it’s amazing being in front of someone like JRDN who’s been grindin’ his whole life. He has so much history with music and has seen so many avenues in music. He’s kind of just told me to keep at it, if it’s something I really love to do for the rest of my life then keep at it. With mentors and idols, I choose to surround myself with these people, they need to be dreamers like me. 

Who has supported you the most in this process?

My mom and brother have been really hands on. My brother is a mentor, a second opinion. My mom has been supportive since day one. All my family and friends have been actually. But to really pinpoint, my mom is an inspiration. She’s extremely hard working. As long as I do my best and stay focused, she wants me to be happy. Being her son, of course she wants me to succeed. 

You’ve created a brand for yourself with the name Kyle Varga and Varga Sound. Where did this come from?

Varga is actually my middle name, growing up I never really mentioned this. Eventually growing up with music, I learned to appreciate the beauty in things I didn’t before. One was being confident with who I am. Varga has a deeper meaning. I’m persian, and Varga translates to a nightingale which is a melodic bird known for it’s singing. So I wanted something catchy and meaningful and I thought it was best. We were trying to create something that would stick – a movement. 

Apart from your name, what makes you unique?

I have a motto. In anything you decide to pursue, there’s three things. Time, commitment and sacrifice. These are the main things at least. Depending on how much you choose to put into these three parts, differentiates you from the rest. The most challenging part is balance. Being a student, I have to keep a balance with all of this. My work ethic also makes me pretty unique. I pay attention to the small details other’s would overlook. 

Would you consider that an advantage next to any other artist?

Absolutely. Those are my advantages. 

What are you listening to a lot now? 

I listen to so many different artists and genres, mostly I’d say day-to-day I listen to Kanye West and Drake. Drake makes music that’s really well rounded, it can be for chilling or some that go really hard. Kanye, he has the confidence. He’s trying to reach new heights and make new sounds. 

Who do you really look up to in the industry?

Pharrell. He does so much, not just make music. He’s a producer, a fashion designer. His latest track Happy really demonstrates positivity. It’s upbeat and feel-good. I love it. 

What a favourite track of yours that you’ve recorded?

I’m constantly working on new material whether they have a bit to go or in the process. I would choose Falsetto though. It’s my first single, first music video, I’m attached to it. It came to me in 30 minutes to an hour. It just came to me and it has a deeper underlying, takes you to a new height. 

Who helps you in your music? Who is essentially in your crowd?

Right now as an independent artists, it’s been cool because music connects me to people. But I’d rather a close team than a huge one, with people I can trust with my projects and can expect the ams type of work ethic. Music has opened doors for me in collaborations. My brother has been hands on, and people who start as avid listeners end up building a relationship with me and they add their talents to my work. Even some of the kids I grew up with in Fredericton, New Brunswick, we can get together sometimes with music. I took a lot from the artist development at CP Records, they work with Mia Martina, Massari, Danny Fernandez. I did that 2 years ago and my mentor back then would introduce me to people and make me more familiar with how things run. That helped a lot. 

How have your experiences been performing in front of a crowd?

I started at first with just school, charity performances and all that. As I got introduced into the club scene I started doing more shows then. Right now I’m focusing more on the music rather than live shows, hopefully this summer I’ll get to that. 

Does it occur to you in the next couple years you could be performing in front of thousands? How does that make you feel?

I’d be crazy to say that it doesn’t cross my mind. These days a lot of things are quicker and easier. Artists can independently achieve a lot of things. With releasing music online and all that. It’s never an overnight success. There’s planning, timing and hard work that goes behind it all. People make it look like that in the entertainment industry but that’s their job, to make it look easy. I try not to think of that stuff. I like to take things as they come to me. I’m truly blessed for the opportunities and people around me. I try and deal with what’s in front of me first. 

Rather than getting ahead of yourself, right?

Exactly. 

You’ve gotten an impressive amount of exposure with your work and lots of good feedback from what I can see. But what about any negative feedback, how do you handle that if you get it?

Being in the entertainment industry, you open yourself up to a world of criticism. As much as you are expressing yourself, you have to expect that there are people that don’t like your stuff. There are artists who have tons of fans and support but still there are people who don’t like them. I have so much love, I’d be stupid to focus on people who are negative. I try not to focus on the negativity and continue to stay positive. I create music for people who love my music. Honestly, for people that don’t like my music, I’m gonna try and make more music in the future that can hopefully change their minds and show them something they like. 

So what keeps you busy right now in your life?

I eat, breath, and sleep music nowadays. Aside from music and work, spending time with family and the people I love. Sometimes when I work too heavily I try and take a break and hang out with my family and friends. I can get inspiration that way. Family is really important to me. No matter how busy I get I will always make time for that. 

With family being so important, would you ever consider moving away for your music?

Lots of times that I thought of this. Waterloo and Toronto is where I will always be a resident and I’ll want to have a place in Toronto no matter what. Main music industry is in the states so for me to say I won’t move away would be crazy. I want to be recognized internationally whether its to relocate or any other reason. 

5 years from today, where are you?

5 years from today, realistically, more than a musician. I want to be an entrepreneur. Obviously doing music, but I would want to have my own label to scout talent and give other upcoming artists opportunity. Some other ventures I would like to pursue is business investment, directing, acting, fashion design. Referencing back to guys like Pharrell, they’re exploring avenues outside of just music. Music will always be my number 1 outlet and my passion. Down the road, there will just be so many opportunities. 

He’s humble and appreciative of where he comes from, that we can’t deny. But that doesn’t translate into weakness. Growing into this role, he was told he couldn’t make it or his dreams were too big and the way he proves them wrong is through hard work. Focusing on his craft comes naturally and that’s the very same advice he’d give artists with similar aspirations.

“People will be negative. I’ve had people tell me my dreams were too big and to give up. Keep at your passion and craft and keep trying to perfect it. Above all, believe in yourself and your craft. Not to hope in your stuff, but rather have faith in it.”

So have we introduced to you the next innovator of music for our generation? Time can only tell, but his talent and work ethic are swiftly working in his favour.

Check out Kyle Varga’s first single “Falsetto” on iTunes today and check out the music video below!

iTunes: smarturl.it/mrhlhb
Twitter: KVojdani
Instagram: KVojdani

– Sara Soulati (@sarasoulati)

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