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


AE: Being from LA, do you like the music culture here? Is it inspiring to you or do you like to get out and record somewhere else?

STK: I really do like the music culture in LA. It’s very supportive, at least what I’ve seen. There’s a big support system and everybody works with each other, which I think is great because it shows unity. And I’m fans of a lot of the artists that come out of here. Like there’s this whole soul uprising right now that I think we’re part of—I hope, I want to be. Like Thundercat and these great musicians that come out of LA. Shout out to Kendrick [Lamar] for throwing a bunch of LA artists on his album and letting them shine. It’s good for community.


AE: Is there one song on the album that you think represents The Internet best? Like if someone had never heard your band before.

STK: I think the first track, “Get Away.” I think that song embodies the message of the album and where we are right now. As far as, we’re in that in between stage of where we’re about to start making money I hope, and do we know how to handle this? Can we keep this up? Do we spend the money? I want a new car, I want a new necklace but, I don’t know. That song is more so about me and the two different sides of my ego–the one who wants to be fly at all times and has to get my hair cut, you know, once a week or else I’ll cry. Stuff like that. The part of me that wants money and the finer things in life. And then there’s the side of me that’s down to earth and in real life this is what it is and I’m not going to lie about it. I’ll let you guys know this is what I want and what I’m going for, but right now, I’m driving the same car I’ve been driving since I was 16 and still living with my parents. [laughs] Not much has changed but I’m working on it. I feel like that honesty is gone. There’s not a lot of artists being that honest right now. 


AE: I have to ask about the “Cocaine” video from a few years back, and the controversy that surrounded it. Do you still stand by your original artistic statement?

STK: The message was drugs are bad. We were not thinking about it the way other people thought about it. I’m very understanding of that and that’s why “Don’tcha” was a much more simple video, [laughs] because we realized, “Wow, people are not even paying attention to the music. They’re calling out the fact I sort of threw her out of my car.” But you know, that’s not—I don’t know. It just happened to be me throwing her out of the car. It was supposed to show drugs were bad and anything could happen. Sketchy situations come out of those kinds of vices.


AE: What are your hopes for this album? 

STK: I really just want to continue building the fanbase. Just continue to do shows and continue to travel. I want this album to help the rest of the members of my band be financially comfortable and stable and give them other opportunities to make music with other people and make money. We have to live and we’ve been doing this for only four years now but as an adult, at some point you have to start feeding yourself. So we’re trying to get there right now. I just want everybody to be comfortable enough to continue to make music without pressure. Because that’s when you get the purest, I feel. When you don’t have to worry about pleasing anybody with it because you’er stable. I think that’s what I want the most. That’s why everybody’s face is on the cover of this album because we want to help push them up too. That’s the main goal—to get everybody on their feet.

Ego Death is out now.

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