Kyprios talks Storyhive, his team and life as an artist [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – In the nearly 15 years that Vancouver based rap artist Kyprios has been on the hip-hop scene, he’s left a substantial mark. A former member of Sweatshop Union, the award nominated artist has released 4 solo albums that garnered him some well-deserved media attention. Following the release of his most recent album, Midnight Sun, the singer has now embarked on a new project.
Kyprios, along with a devoted film making team, is taking part in Telus’ Storyhive competition. Storyhive aims to give emerging artists a platform to create their project, tell their story and then gives them the chance to win funding to help make their project a reality.
HipHopCanada’s Allie Samborn was able to talk with Kyprios about his project for Storyhive and his team, as well as life as an artist.
Interview conducted by Allie Samborn for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: So, why don’t you start off by telling me how you found out about Storyhive and what drew you to participate.
Kyprios: Dean and the film making team dropped me a line to see if I would be interested in collaborating on a music video for the Storyhive competition. Dean is a longstanding friend and I always hoped for an opportunity to collaborate with him on something.
HipHopCanada: How did you form your team to apply for the contest?
Kyprios: Basically, Mike and Calvin approached Dean about doing a video for the Storyhive competition and they decided that I’d be a good artist to collaborate with.
HipHopCanada: With this being a pretty major contest, what qualities were you looking for in a producer?
Kyprios: I hadn’t met Mike before but in the two days we shot for the teaser, I could tell that he possessed all of the qualities that you look for in a producer: work ethic, discipline, organization, and a network of good people willing to help out.
HipHopCanada: Your song “Waiting 4 the World 2 End” is the song used for the video. What made you pick that one?
Kyprios: I actually didn’t choose the tune. I gave a short list of candidates that I thought would lend themselves well to visual accompaniment and Calvin, Mike and Dean chose that tune.
HipHopCanada: There are some pretty heavy lyrics in that song. What was the inspiration behind it?
Kyprios: The inspiration for the song was losing a friend and being pessimistic about the future. . . near hopelessness. The tune ends on a positive note, though, as it only takes a sliver of light to unmask the darkness.
HipHopCanada: What’s the feeling you want people to take away from the video clip you’re making for Storyhive?
Kyprios: That passions, dreams and aspirations are necessary. Finding the time to develop your goals can be difficult whilst leading a sedentary life working for someone else, or without support.Creating something or the act of achieving a goal in spite of the obstacles is a measure of success.We are trying to illustrate the balance and the struggle.
HipHopCanada: Aside from continuing on in the competition, what do you hope to gain out of this experience?
Kyprios: I want to create something new. Films and videos are always technically demanding with the weight being carried by a team. This is a good team and it would be fun to play with them. I’d like to think that we would create a piece of art that is relatable, entertaining and something that we all will be proud of.
HipHopCanada: What do you feel you contribute to the public with what you create?
Kyprios: I don’t really know what I have to give the public. . .I still feel like creating is something that I ultimately give to myself because it makes me happy. I’ve never created a song, video, verse, piece or play with the objective of what can I give to the public. I’ve always wanted to be honest, serve my inspiration and hope that people can connect with what I produce.
HipHopCanada: What is the most interesting aspect of creating this competition entry so far?
Kyprios: I’m always interested in the process. How everyone’s is different. It’s super interesting how a thought becomes tangible or tactile and the steps taken to get it there.
HipHopCanada: One last question, what has been your biggest success thus far in your career?
Kyprios: Definitely having people tell me that some of my music has helped them through rough spots. Other people’s music has been invaluable to me for that same reason. I was given a letter by someone who follows my music from Denver at a show there. It spoke of her young friend she had just lost and how they shared a love for my song “Stolen Memories” and how much that song meant to her. In my own life, music has been my greatest therapy and to have something of mine provide similar relief can help stoke the fire when it burns dim. But all around, it really is a struggle not to take all of life’s fortunes for granted. I’m a father in a free country where I get to write things down, speak them, love doing it and sometimes make a couple bucks from it . . . Things have been nice for me.
HipHopCanada: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions! Can’t wait to see how the competition turns out!
Head on over to www.storyhive.com where voting is open until May 18 and then check back on May 25 to see who makes it to the next round!
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