We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyndyl Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyndyl, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is an interesting thing, because it’s essentially a gamble, which is a scary thing. However, it was necessary for a future which I wouldn’t look back on and regret not taking. A big risk I took was moving from NYC, where I had a foundation, life-long friends, and a steady income, to LA, with no real stability. However, it was one of the best moves I had ever made in my life. The initial struggle and constant hustle helped shape and focus for who and what I should song-write/produce for. The risk of moving, despite having moments of wanting to give up, really gave me a sense of clarity of how to make songwriting work for me. And because of this, I think it’s really important to experience some sort of struggle when reaching your goal, because the impact is so much more significant.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a pianist, songwriter and producer. Initially my career path was headed towards being a classical pianist. But I’ve always loved songwriting, and as time went on, I enjoyed creating songs rather than putting my own interpretation on a piece of piano music that has been performed time and time again. I’m thankful that I was able to finish graduate school at NYU in piano performance, just because of the extremely solid foundation I have as a pianist. It’s made me confident in my songwriting style and have people come to write with me because of this particular skill. However, with the career change, there were very difficult challenges, especially with moving across the country with all plans up in the air. The challenges brought clarity to how I can best utilize my skills and who I should continue work with. And in a music world dominated by men, there need to be more women highlighted in the industry and given more opportunities. I’ve had experiences where women have given me a lot more opportunities than men have, and i’m happy so say, a majority of the colleagues I work with are women who constantly support me. Now I’m a more focused songwriter and producer, working towards styles that I love, piano ballads and nostalgic music for TV and film.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There would be a lot of food stops on the way. Having lived in LA, I was happy to discover how diverse and great the food options were. There’d be a taco day, where we’d stop at Leo’s, Ave 26, Maricos Jalisco, and Tacos 1986 to name a few. There’d also have to be a beach day, so we’d walk around venice a bit, and then head up towards Malibu to see a bit of the PCH. Another would be focused on hanging out in K-town, trying out coffee shops, eating street food and then ending up eating Korean bbq at Park’s or Magal. Last but not least, we’d have to try to head down and experience a day at Disneyland. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My closest female songwriting collaborators, who constantly support and believe in me.
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