ARTIST ON THE WATCH: AARON KAYE
Updated: Jun 17, 2020
This is Aaron.
Aaron, tell us some more about how you got into music?
My dad's side is the artistic one.
Everybody in it is an entertainer, athlete, something special, and his dad was the same, the founding member and baritone singer of the Pilgrim Jubilees.
They were one of the biggest gospel groups of the 50-60s.
Look them up.
There's another group in our family that's notable too, The Desires.
The lead singer is my oldest uncle.
Russ sampled his song.
I didn't even know till way recently; fun facts.
It goes waaaaaay deeper than those two, but despite all that and growing up listening to my dad's songs and watching him make it, he never pushed my brother and I into his footsteps, and it definitely wasn't my plan.
But, he always answered my questions and let me use his gears.
I had a natural curiosity for it and my brother and I always played with songwriting.
Looking back now it was fate.
When I turned 15 is when I got possessed with the "gift" and couldn't stop ever since.
It got to a point where I had to say, "If I'm going to do this I need to be great at it and take it serious."
My mom supported me 200% (just like how she supported my dad) and after teaching myself most of the basics, my dad and I reconnected.
When he saw how intense I was about my art and music, he took me under his wing and showed me like, "This was the day I've been waiting for and you're ready now, you think you know this, but THIS is how you do it for real."
I always thank him for planting those seeds in us from the time I was a baby until today.
What would you say separates your sound/style from other artists?
My roots are where it all comes from.
I took that subconsciously and consciously added what I LIKED and grew up listening to, to create my sound now.
People tend to compare me to some specific names.
I'm not offended by it.
It just means they hear whatever star quality those people have in me.
The "it" factor, you know?
What makes me different is my ability to chameleon my way into any situation and speak people's language where they're at as a writer.