- MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you Krystal, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?
- Krystal Brown: I have always loved music. I grew up listening to a lot of dance music such as Ace of Base, La Bouche, Amber and stuff like that. The radio was accessible to everyone. I didn’t have a lot of money so it was always a free source of entertainment. Of course you will be inspired to create what you love so I started writing poems and songs when I was about 15 years old.
MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
- Krystal: I have always liked Depeche Mode. Martin Gore is an incredible songwriter and they always have such gorgeous, well produced and unique tracks. You cannot help but be influenced by people. But, I try not to really follow anyone or mold my music or career after anyone. Every person and every artist is unique. I don’t want to rip anyone off or ride on anyone’s coat tails. I am just going to be me and make the music I feel needs to be made. Every artist has something unique to contribute and should not feel that he or she has to necessarily mold their sound after anyone.
- MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
- Krystal: I would like to make a living solely as a musician. That is my ultimate goal. I just want to make good music and make people feel something with my music. I deal with a lot of things that others won’t deal with instead of the same songs about sex and heartbreak. On “Sisyphus” I deal with eating disorders. On “We Don’t Deserve You” I deal with the animal/human bond. I just want to put out good and unique music.
- MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
- Krystal: I have not been to too many concerts. My first concert was Lacuna Coil and they were awesome. But concerts are expensive and I never really had the money for that. As for the greatest concert that I have ever performed….that is yet to come!
- MuzicNotez: Your latest release is the album ‘Lady Sisyphus’, what inspired this album and it’s name?
- Krystal: Sisyphus is a character in ancient Greek mythology that was cursed to forever roll a boulder up a hill for it to come back down again. I felt a bit like that in a way with my music career, with my finances, with my weight…with everything in my life. I felt that I was going in circles to nowhere like a hamster in a wheel and not achieving what I wanted to achieve. I felt like the female version of Sisyphus which is why I named the album “Lady Sisyphus”. The song “Sisyphus” on my album is about my eating disorder. I grew up overweight since early childhood. It was constantly blamed on my father’s genetics because my mother was always thin. To top it off, my father was a deadbeat so it was like the only thing he gave me were messed up genes. I felt like I was constantly living in his dark shadow. I did lose the weight in early adulthood due to health problems and weird eating rituals (like taking sleeping pills so you will go to sleep and not think about the fact that you are freaking starving). Yo yo dieting is not healthy at all but I’ve done it. Growing up, I used to take laxatives as a way of purging. I know I am not alone and a lot of women and girls feel the need to fit society’s mold of being slender and a lot of people have dealt with being born to deadbeat parents. This single was cathartic for me and hopefully it will resonate with others.
- MuzicNotez: The lead single on the 6 track album is ‘Last To Know’, why was this one chosen to be the lead?
- Krystal: “Last to Know” was the first professional track I did. That’s why it was chosen to be first—there is no deeper reason really. The song itself is about a toxic relative.
- MuzicNotez: You write all of your own music, what is your writing style like?
- Krystal: I think about what I want the song to be about and the flavor I want it to have. I usually write all the parts separately (i.e. the pre-chorus, the chorus, verse 1) on separate sheets of paper or index cards and then I put them in the order I want them to go in. It is all quite organized.
- MuzicNotez: What else are you working on? What can we expect to see and hear from you in the future?
- Krystal: I am currently promoting “Lady Sisyphus” especially on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/2wD7OJwqrhKuh89cW1ZU5D). I recently released an animated music video for another single called “Sick of Excuses”
- MuzicNotez: Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?
- Krystal: I just want to thank my fans! I appreciate each and every one. Please reach out to me on social media. I am very accessible. And please check me out on Bandcamp: https://krystal3.bandcamp.com/