KRISTOPHER is a singer and songwriter based in Orlando, Florida. ‘Liar’ is the brand new single released in 2021, now available on digital stores, which anticipates the upcoming album planned for spring 2021. ‘Liar’ is a melodic and romantic piece that emanates authenticity and sets free personal feelings, raw in its simplicity.
A degree in psychology and over a decade of musical theatre and orchestral experience have shaped KRISTOPHER’s songwriting into both piercingly personal and empathetic. “I hurt myself all the time, I just can’t get it right” – is the real confession expressed in every breath, the voice is left natural and clean, so that we can catch the compassion and almost resignation of the self-analysis.
KRISTOPHER’s music is driven by the traumas of social inequality and injustice, his ethos of inclusiveness and kindness seeks to empower others to feel and to heal through the cathartic influences of music. Music acts as a therapeutic vehicle of acknowledgment and self-reflection that we’ll get us through our personal journey.
YMX: Hey Kristopher, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
KRISTOPHER: Hey of course! Thanks for having me. Overall I have been good, but I would be lying if I said it was not a little rough at times. On the bright side, I have had a lot of extra time to work on music!
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
K.: I was raised in music and always had an extreme passion for it. When I was a kid I thought about becoming a singer/performer but never really thought my voice was good enough to do so. During my teenage and college years I experienced a lot of intense situations that made me want to write music and express what I was feeling. Just within the past couple years I have grown more comfortable and confident with how my voice sounds so it just kind of came together for me and I realiSed I really should be pursuing music. If I had to attribute it to a particular episode? I would say my high school choir teacher, Mrs. Fox, was the first person to really instill confidence in my voice. Without her support I would not have even further entertained the idea of becoming a singer.
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
K.: Ariana Grande will always be my first answer to this. Although my music is nothing like hers, her artistry and talent have inspired me since she began her career on Broadway. The way she is so unapologetically herself is amazing and sometimes that means showing her vulnerability through her music as opposed to her confidence and I just love that. Siân Cross, a London-based artist and a good friend of mine actually, inspires me constantly and was the final push I needed to officially pursue music. Her music is incredible, her voice is stunning, her lyrics are thoughtful. I Honestly can’t get enough of her. I would say her lyrics have influenced mine a bit just because both our lyrics can have deeper meaning.
Also, she provided background vocals for Liar! She was quite an influence on Liar specifically as well. Billie Eilish and by extension FINNEAS, have incredible music. I would say that although I want my music to stand alone and have its own distinct appeal, as I progress through it I would like it to sort of resemble the atmosphere that Billie and FINNEAS have created with their music. Most of my lyrics come from dark places (at least for now) and I feel that Billie writes in a similar way.
YMX: You recently released your single ‘Liar’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
K.: ‘Liar’ was the first legit song I had ever written. It was about the realisation that in my life, I tend to make things up in my head when I really like someone. I pretend they care for me WAY more than they really do and I lie to myself about how things stand realistically. It was inspired by an experience I had with one specific person but I realised it came to encompass many relationships of mine, romantic or platonic.
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
K.: I would say that yes, working remotely has never really been difficult for me although not being able to work in real time with producers is frustrating for sure. The only thing I would say the pandemic has significantly affected as far as my music goes is my writing. I am not out there experiencing life so what I have to pull from is limited.
YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
K.: Absolutely. I plan on taking as many avenues as I can. I just want to share my music with people who enjoy it and if that is an option then I will be taking it.
YMX: Since pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers?
K.: At the end of the day, I am writing music for a purpose. I want this music to reach as many people as it can because I want it to inspire people to feel. This means that I need to promote my work and if I am being honest, I am still figuring out the best ways to do that. Artemis Music has been amazing at identifying the best ways to promote and it still is a learning curve but I’m sure it will reach the people it needs to reach eventually.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
K.: My second single, Borrowed Time, will be released February 7th. This song is quite a bit more personal and is about the specific relationship that inspired ‘Liar’. Beyond that, my EP ‘Liar’ will be dropping sometime this summer! With the pandemic currently happening, I don’t have any live performance plans as of yet but that is definitely something I would like to pursue as soon as I am able.