Mykyle’s melodies keep him busy

Sunday Times - - Contents - Mykyle’s lat­est sin­gle, Waves, is out now

My week­ends are not al­ways the same.

I am 15 years old, jug­gling home­school­ing and be­ing a full-time mu­si­cian. I re­cently took on a part-time of­fice job, so week­ends and week­days are busy. Be­cause my time is flex­i­ble, I have to work and find time to chill de­pend­ing on whether I am per­form­ing or not, or have in­ter­views and TV ap­pear­ances.

My week­end plans change all the time.

But they are al­ways fun and so­cial and the vibe is al­ways great. What­ever I do, I am a lover of good food, great mu­sic and hav­ing fun.

A per­fect Satur­day morn­ing

would start off with me sleep­ing in till about 11. Who doesn’t en­joy a good sleep in, espe­cially on a cold win­ter’s morn­ing? And af­ter a late night per­form­ing on stage, it’s just what I need. I love a chilled Satur­day morn­ing. I would typ­i­cally go grab some break­fast — my favourite is French toast with ba­con and maple syrup on the side. I’d like to say I am a great chef, but in truth I leave that to my mom.

Also noth­ing goes bet­ter with a great break­fast than an episode of Brook­lyn 99.

A per­fect Satur­day af­ter­noon

would ei­ther be hav­ing one of my close friends or a cou­ple of friends over at my house, or go­ing to one of my friend’s houses. I love chill­ing with them. I am also into gam­ing, so if we are not do­ing that, we may do some­thing fun out­doors, like play soc­cer.

I love spend­ing time with my fam­ily.

My favourite fam­ily thing to do on the week­ends is pic­nic — when it’s warmer, of course. In the evening I would ei­ther go out to a party with my friends or stay in late and watch a good movie. I en­joy movies and I am a se­ri­ous pop­corn addict. No movie is com­plete with­out a huge bucket of home-made pop­corn with but­ter, salt and cream cheese. And this I make for my­self reg­u­larly.

But if I am per­form­ing then my day would be filled with fi­nal re­hearsals, and psych­ing my­self up for the show. There’s a lot of adren­a­line pump­ing and much to be done to pre­pare. I en­joy re­hears­ing and hang­ing with my dancers — they are my friends too and we have a lot of fun while work­ing.

Be­ing a singer, rap­per and song­writer,

mu­sic is al­ways hap­pen­ing — it keeps no clock. Whether I am mak­ing mu­sic or lis­ten­ing to new mu­sic, it’s a very im­por­tant part of my life. It al­lows me to ex­press my­self.

Some­times I come up with melodies

while locked in my room, or wher­ever I am. Other times I may hop onto the pi­ano and sing cov­ers. Whether I am with friends or fam­ily, we are al­ways play­ing mu­sic. I love all kinds of mu­sic.

De­pend­ing on my mood,

I’ll ei­ther lis­ten to Frank Si­na­tra or Sabrina Clau­dio. If I am in a rap mood I’ll lis­ten to Rae Srem­murd, Drake (his new al­bum is awe­some), Joyner Lu­cas, Bruno Mars, Ken­drick La­mar and a bit of XXX­tenta­cion (his legacy lives on in his mu­sic). I also love my lo­cal mu­sic and lis­ten to Nasty C, Em­tee & Cassper Ny­ovest.

It is not un­usual

to find me in the stu­dio at all hours on a week­end, work­ing on cre­at­ing new mu­sic. For me this is a lot of fun be­cause I am do­ing what I love most and I get to hang out with a team that I am close to.

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