Syd tha Kyd on being true to herself in “Ego Death”


AE: In your videos you are generally the star. How do you feel about that part of the job? It it something you enjoy?

STK: It’s something that I’ve gotten used to and I’m starting to enjoy it. Yeah, it takes getting used to and there’s certain pressures involved, but I’m up for it.


AE: You definitely have a more androgynous look. Has your label or anyone in the business ever encouraged you to become more feminine?

STK: No, thankfully. [laughs] Thankfully I’ve never been in any of those kinds of situations. I’ve been really lucky, actually, being in the industry. I guess it’s because I came into the industry in such a kind of “fuck you” situation, so they already knew better than to try and change me.


AE: Good! So you’ve only felt support to be who you are in your music.

STK: Yeah, thankfully. There have definitely been suggestions made here and there but nothing serious. Nobody’s ever tried to really drastically change us and I’m definitely thankful. So, shout out to Sony!

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AE: You have some really cool collaborations on the album, including “Gabby” with Janelle Monae. Do you see that as a love song? What is “Gabby” about?

STK: “Gabby” was actually a song written by Matt. It’s about a girl he used to be involved with and so it’s more his story than mine. Basically, it was a long distance situation and it just didn’t work out and things got awkward and weird for a little bit, but it was one of those situations where every time she was in our city, she had a hard time leaving and it was a song about that: I know this is not gonna work out because you’er so far, but there’s a reason I still want to stay.


AE: Is there a difference in singing a song about a real situation you went through versus one someone else wrote for you to sing?

STK: It depends on the situation. Like if it’s something really really personal and painful, then yeah. I probably couldn’t sing one of those songs if I didn’t write it. I don’t know. I’d try—I probably wouldn’t be able to pull it off as well. 


AE: How is performing songs from EgoDeath live different than from your other two albums?

STK: We’ve got some software drums involved now, we got a new guitar player. But that’s about it. For the most part, it’s a very similar vibe, we just have a little more energy. A few of the songs that are on the album I wrote specifically just to put a little more energies in the shows because I Started getting a little bored with the chill vibey stuff all the time. You know, coming from Odd Future where I had to have all this energy all the time. I started missing it and wanted to be able to do that at my shows.


AE: You wanted to be able to look out and see people dancing?

STK: Yeah, I love it. People dancing and with their hands up, jumping. All of that. All of that is good energy.


AE: On songs like “Girl” you use female pronouns and it’s clearly coming from someone who dates women. Did you ever consider changing it to make it more general pronouns? A lot of people seem to do that.

STK: No, I never considered it. It was suggested to me once and I thought about it for a second—I thought about it for three seconds and decided to let it go. I was like, “No, I already wrote the song!” It’s a good song. The song is the song. It’s gonna be fine.


AE: Do the women you date assume they’re going to end up in a song?

STK: [laughs] I don’t know. I mean the few girls that I have written about, there’s a couple that know. It was always like, “Why did you write a song about me? Can I hear it?” It’s always, “Don’t write a song about me! But…which song is it?” Nowadays, I just don’t say anything.

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