Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Kyle Knudsen, better known by his stage name, Denim Blue, is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist from Palm Harbor, Florida. He attends the Pinellas County Center for the Arts where he studies music theory and classical voice. During the summer of 2013 he was one of the 28 lucky young musicians to be selected for the GRAMMY Music Revolution Project in Tampa.
It was here that he teamed up with Miclain Keith and the two began working on their first full-length LP, “The Abyss”. This coming summer, he will be attending the GRAMMY Program in New York City for songwriting and composition. Miclain Keith is a 19-year-old producer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from Tampa, Florida. The summer after he graduated from Blake Magnet High School for the Arts, he was also selected to be a part of the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project where he met Kyle and started their career together. Summer of 2014 he will be returning to the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project as a Production Assistant and Mentor for the students at Ruth Eckerd.
“Releasing ‘The Abyss’ has really been a long time coming for us and we’re proud to finally have something to show for the eleven months that we’ve spent recording in Kyle’s bedroom.”
popVLTR: You’ve been making moves in Florida, how’d you get into music? Denim Blue & Miclain Keith: Interestingly enough, we only met last year at a program called the “GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project” here in Tampa, Florida and that’s where we got into music as a duo. I heard Kyle (Denim Blue) playing a song of his from across the room and went over to listen to it. I was extremely impressed, so I immediately told him I wanted to work with him. We never knew that it would end up being a partnership like this though. We’ve turned into a complete songwriting, instrumentalist, and production team, and we craft all of the songs from beginning to end, between only the two of us.!
popVLTR: Congrats on releasing ‘The Abyss’, who are some of your influences? DB&MK: Thank you! There are many things that influenced ‘The Abyss’ but we can definitely say that our main inspirations are Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Allen Stone, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Now, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are more than just a musical influence, as they set forth a great model for us to follow as independent musicians. popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music? DB&MK: Our most recent accomplishment would probably be getting a feature in popVLTR, seeing as it’s the first time we’ll be appearing in a magazine! Releasing ‘The Abyss’ has really been a long time coming for us and we’re proud to finally have something to show for the eleven months that we’ve spent recording in Kyle’s bedroom. Not that long ago, however, we won the St. Petersburg Battle of the Bands and our prize was a professionally produced music video! We’re currently in the process of filming the video for our song ‘Rich Girls’. However, we would definitely have to say that our crowning achievement thus far, was starting our record label, ‘Kick Booty Records’. Despite its obscure name, it’s a symbol of our hard work and our ability to share that work with our audience. popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for Denim Blue & Miclain Keith? DB&MK: As for the future of Denim Blue & Miclain Keith, we plan to keep pushing our music from the ground up to get ‘The Abyss’ in front of as many people as possible. We both agree that even though we just released this record, it’s hardly the time for a break. We’re going to keep working and testing the limits of sleep necessary for the sake of our art and our passion. We are dedicated to our fans, ourselves, and our mission to create something that we believe in, as well as something people can identify with.