Influences & Inspirations

From hometown beats to personal heroes, there’s a story behind every track.

  • Like The Weather / Reflections

    I thought I would talk about something that bothers me daily. Hopefully, my venting will be useful to someone. I have always been a little bit insecure that what I am doing or how I present myself to the world…

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  • Creating with Insomnia

    I wrote my new song “Pieces” in the heat of my struggle with insomnia and the anxiety it caused.  I’d say a lot of my struggles stem from my diagnosis with Lyme disease when I was 17 and subsequently moving…

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  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    I guess we should start off with an introduction. Hello, I’m Micha de Jonge. Google Translate will tell you I’m called Micha the Young. I’m also known as Kita Menari in my native country, The Netherlands. You know the one.…

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  • Music and Autism: Creating a school song for the charity Prior’s Court

    Back in 2016, I contributed a small amount of piano and guitar to the soundtrack of Nick Kelly’s film The Drummer and the Keeper. Set in Dublin, it’s a tale of an unlikely friendship forged between Gabriel, a renegade drummer…

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  • Arctic Appreciation

    I’m 14 years old and my uncle has just purchased a subscription to “Rolling Stone” magazine for my birthday.  Leaning back in my computer chair, I flip through the pages – avoiding long-form articles and instead skimming the pictures and…

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  • From Natalie to KYŁO

    When I was in high school, I started really getting into music and wanted to start performing and getting into the live scene. My whole life, I had performed in musicals, dance recitals, things like that; but performing real music…

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  • Creating Against The Odds

    I threw my first dance party in San Francisco two years ago. Like a lot of early parties, it was held in an apartment. There were no set times, no lineups, no genres, no egos. I had fun with it;…

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  • The Importance of Pronouns in Music

    When the average listener hears a song, they may not realize how careful songwriters are with the creation and curation of their lyrics. The way we write is the way we want to be perceived and heard. But sometimes we…

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  • Body Positivity

    Why?  The ominous question that circles through our heads.  “You have to find your ‘why’” people are always saying.  Your reason and intention in the things we choose to do with our lives. But sometimes a why that once dripped…

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  • Underneath Xander

    Producer and vocalist Xander is a testament to perseverance. Exploring new-found confidence through the lens of musical creation, the rising musician talks about anxiety, family, and work ethic. Raised in a small town surrounded by farm-like scenery, Xander garners influence…

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