We had the good fortune of connecting with Eyelid Kid and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eyelid Kid, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I was just talking to my friends about how important risk-taking is for an artist’s growth… Looking back on my career as a musician/actor I’ve been able to pinpoint a handful of risks that I’ve taken that define Eyelid Kid’s story. From an early age, I’ve neglected just about everything else in my life except for music and meaningful relationships. It took time, but I realized the risk I was taking by not preparing for the traditional route of; College — Degree — Job — Family. Instead, I poured my time and resources post-highschool into musical gear and midwest tours. By the time I was 23 I had performed twice as an official SXSW artist, joined a local music label, and relocated to LA. Through pursuing a career in music and acting I’ve learned first hand that the greater risk you take the higher reward you receive. I’ve learned that it’s an artist’s job to venture down unknown paths in order to bring new perspectives to our collective lens.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Eyelid Kid is personal songwriting coated with lush production from various places and people. I’m proud of the fact that it’s created 100% out of my own and my friends’ bedrooms. It wasn’t easy and still isn’t. Every couple of days I battle with doubt, inspiration, vision, and negative emotion. I overcome those bouts with the purpose that it brings and the fulfillment I get out of it. Lessons I’ve learned: – The platform for artists is ever-changing. I find that moving in tandem with that change is probably the healthiest reminder I could give an artist. – I try not to put too much pressure on my creativity, I know that the songs will come when they absolutely need to. But I also try to position myself to always have the opportunity to write. Life is cyclical and connected, I just want to treat it as such — Trust me, I’m still figuring out what that means.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a fan of the hikes! Anything from the innercity Runyon Canyon to something a bit further out like Skull Rock in the Topanga State Park. As far as beaches go I find El Matador to be the most relaxing and least crowded especially on weekdays. FOOD: Little Pine Greenblatt’s Deli Gokoku Ramen VENUES: The Viper Room The Satellite Echoplex
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Funny thing… My latest LP was titled “CREDITS” and it signified giving credit to my team, band, label, and close relationships. The artwork actually represented what would normally look like the back of an album. Here’s a shoutout to the ones I couldn’t have made the record without! Chris Grant – Creative Advisor & Guitar Player Sam Jordan – General Admin & Drummer Morgan Taylor – Spirit & Dancer Mackenzie Taylor – Spirit & Dancer Kylen Chen-Troester – PR & Graphic Designer Nick Tribuno – Cinematographer Ansél Aguirre – Investor Dev Rudolph – Investor Esydia Records – Record Label Chroma Records – Record Label Vi – Muse
Other: Spotify 🙂 – https://open.spotify.com/artist/3AWNlzsb4jWAB29hjC9VL8?si=Z-ssBgtgQryAMZ7q-yeD7w
Helain Bach, Nick Tribuno, Peter McCain, Kylen Chen-Troester