We had the good fortune of connecting with Kuya Ky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kuya, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose an “artistic” career because I rather go throughout life singing and dancing, having a good time, than sitting behind a counter or in a cubical. It’s not the most financially sound route to take, but I’m fairly simple and don’t require a lot to be happy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I been making music for something close to 12 years now. Recording in the corner of my cousin’s bedroom to professional studios, in that time I’ve learned quite a number of things. Firstly, that music is emotion, whether melancholy or elation it’s the best way to translate our feelings into sound and words. Also, true musicians won’t be bound by any one genre. We’re telling stories, conveying emotions, pouring our souls out and there’s no way that can only be done through one labeled sound. As for my “brand”, I’d like to be seen as an ordinary person that makes music rather than a “Musician” that is relatable to the ordinary person.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Definitely start off going to El Dorado skate park. A place I spent most all of my pre-teen and teen years at, as well as the very first skatepark built in Long Beach. It’s a great vibe basically anytime day or night. For food, basically hit any spot down 4th st., 2nd st. or grab some filipino food off Santa Fe and Willow before 3pm when the grub is still fresh. Then we gotta hit Roxanne’s on Monday night for the open mic and jam sessions. Get some knowledge at Page Against the Machine off 4th and kick it at The Ordanarie on The Promenade for the best of local brews. Basically just walk around and find something to get into.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I like to take this opportunity to shout out the Miles Fam 5. Hands down the most inspirational and artistic people I’ve been blessed to know. As well as the teams at Space Camp and The Union for continued support and motivation.