Making music waves at 15
Mykyle releases debut EP
AT JUST 15, Mykyle believes that starting his music career at such a young age is the best time. The youngster from Johannesburg found his love for music at the age of 9, and after begging his parents to pursue that love and finally winning them over, he has gone on to perform on big stages.
Six years later, the rising star has released a compilation of music on an EP (an extended play record) that has set the tone for the musical influence he wants to have.
With so much on his plate, he had to make plans for maintaining his schooling.
“I started home schooling last year and that has played a huge part in helping my schedule. It allows me to have more free time for interviews. And I get to see my friends on weekends, keeping up with a certain level of normality.
Growing fame means growing pressure, but Mykyle sees this phase of his life as fun.
“I really enjoy everything about life right now. This is fun pressure,” he says.
“Music has always been something that I loved to do since a very young age,” says the See-Her singer.
“Back when I was younger, my grandfather built a studio that I went into and recorded my first ever song.
“From there, I knew that this was I what wanted to do.”
His parents were further convinced of his talent when international singer CeeLo Green approved of his song and offered to mentor him after they met by chance.
“That gave the youngster a chance in the industry.
“I didn’t take it ( a music career) lightly,” says his mother who is his full-time momager.
“But I also didn’t just pander to his will and say ‘ whatever you want baby, I’ll support it’. It doesn’t work like that.
“He had to maintain his grades. So when we saw that music was his forte and that he wasn’t going to be a mathematician or something like that, we supported him.”
All that Mykyle had to do was show discipline and commitment. “I made him jump through a few hoops and he had to really win me over. It took years,” she adds.
Now the young singer, songwriter and producer is busy on an album that he plans to release next January, working with producers such as The Gobbla, who has co-produced Nasty C’s Bad Hair album, and Emblazon, aka ProducedbyVAM, who is celebrated for work done with Da LES – North God, Burnaby and Khuli Chana, among many.
Mykyle is no stranger to big concerts, having performed for about 3 000 people a while back.
Now he will be the youngest performer at this year’s Capital Day Festival on September 24 in Pretoria, where he will be sharing the stage with JR, Shekhinah, Aewon Wolf, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Cara Frew, Kyle Deutsch and Matthew Mole.
“Years from now I really want to be big. Through my 20s I want to be performing and when I get older I want to focus on music production, making beats and songs with people.”
But for now, he is living his dream one day at a time.
RISING STAR: Mykyle