Kyle Park Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Recording His New Album [Exclusive Video]
Austin-based musician Kyle Park is sharing an exclusive behind-the-scenes video with The Boot readers in preparation for his upcoming new album, The Blue Roof Sessions.
The album is scheduled to hit the streets on Oct. 23, and in the meantime, Park is revealing these special videos, which show off the sounds of his new record, a more rock-heavy disc than his previous album, 2013's Beggin' for More. This video -- the second in the series -- looks at the making of a cover of Billy Squier's 1984 hit "Rock Me Tonite" and delves into the making of the record and the mindset behind many of the decisions made.
"Really, the way I judge a song ... is if it gets stuck in my head," Park explains. "If it can't get stuck in my head, if I want to change the channel, I assume the listener's gonna wanna change the channel as well."
Park's audio engineer and different members of the band are interviewed in the video, and they throw in their own reviews of how the record is coming together. One thing is clear: The album is rockin' in a way that his previous work did not -- and the way that the album was recorded may have something to do with the new sound. For this album, Park and his band set up shop in a blue-roofed house outside of Austin, which is showcased in the video.
“Recording in the house, the idea was to go for an open feeling, something really big, with the drums very prevalent in the mix,” Park says. “It wasn’t about making a rockin’ album as much as making an album where the music comes first.
"This is a rockin' album compared to Beggin' for More," he adds. "I couldn't have put three-quarters of these songs on the last album."
Continues Park, "This album, I used a lot more musicians. I used three or four different bass players, three different guitar players. Usually I always kind of stick with the same guy ... I pick certain songs for certain players."
The Blue Roof Sessions was self-produced and features 12 tracks focused on love, life and everything in between.
"I think my voice makes The Blue Roof Sessions country. No one can say it’s not me. But I’m changing, too," Park concludes. "The way I felt about music 10 years ago is not the way I feel now. I would have never put these songs on my first record. It would have been way too much of a risk. Now, I'm more comfortable with who I am as a musician and as a fan of music.
"It would be easy for me to keep making the same record over and over and just have fiddle and steel -- a good, clean, nice traditional record," he says. "I'm not looking for shock factor, but I am looking to stand out amongst the crowd as far as pushing boundaries.”
More information about The Blue Roof Sessions and Park's music, as well as the singer's upcoming tour dates, can be found at KylePark.com.
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