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Slidin’ Thru: Gianni & Kyle

Gianni & Kyle are the modern day Justin Timberlake and Drake combined in one. The pop/hip-hop music duo arrive in Los Angeles by way of Maryland, officially making it their life-long goal to create music that both sound good and feel good to all those who hear it. Read more…

With Gianni heading the vocals and Kyle handling the rapping, the two go together like yin and yang. Coming together in 2013 and making music out of their homie’s bedroom for 2 years straight, the turning point came in the moment they started to get paid. After Gianni graduated college, G&K packed their bags and drove to the LA.

They always had the mindset it would work, it was only a matter of time.

Why should people fuck w/ you?
Gianni: There’s nothing really like us right now, musically. Even as people, we’re normal ass people who make dope music. We’re in this pocket born with early 2000’s pop and R&B, which we really take into effect when it comes to our music. Then we have Drake who influences us as well. Having those two together makes this unique sound we developed on our own through the years.

Being from Maryland, how does that influence your life and career?
Gianni: Oh gosh. We needed that backbone of a normal suburban life from the completely other side of the country to really appreciate everything we have going for us now. If we’re born and raised in this area, we’d be used to everything around us. But because we had such a normal life, we kept that humbleness with us of “I know where I came from and I know my work.” Trying to keep that mindset of not being too cool for school, staying true to your roots, etc.
Kyle: Maryland taught me that I don’t want to do a normal job, because I was a construction worker and that super sucked. Maryland really helped us appreciate everything happening out here. Anything cool. We get to wake up whenever we want and work on music, which is the one thing we love most. Super dope being able to come from somewhere that wasn’t our life and be able to do that.

You’ve been in LA for 2 years. Favorite part about the West Coast?
Both: The weather.
Gianni: Maryland weather is all over the place. It’s either super humid or super cold, you don’t know what’s going to happen next. This is the same shit every day. Fuck Maryland weather, it’s the worst. But it’s also home.

What’s the inspiration in the name?
Gianni: Simple. We’re simple guys. You can’t tell me personally that Kyle & Gianni sounds like a better name. It just rolls better off the tongue.
Kyle: Plus we’re too normal to make up a fake name for ourselves. [laughs] We’re too regular. Gianni & Kyle, it’s easy.

How’d you guys meet?
Gianni: High school freshman year. Our last names are so close together in the alphabet, they sat us right next to each other in class. That was the only class we ever had together. We’d talked in class, never outside of class. I copied off his final and that was it. We didn’t talk again till senior year of high school.
Kyle: I definitely failed that.
Gianni: I definitely failed as well, it wasn’t even worth me copying off his final. Then I started doing music stuff and he reached out. We reconnected through that.

What’s the dynamic between you 2? What do you both bring to the table?
Gianni: Everything is even. We do everything together.
Kyle: Just ‘cause he’s the singer and I’m the rapper, doesn’t mean he helps me with raps sometimes, I’ll help with hooks. We really come up with everything together. We work really quick. Our producer will play the beat and in 10 seconds, one of us will be like “hey I have this melody.” I’ll be like “oh I had a melody too.” Basically work together like “oh let’s make this the pre and this the hook,” blah blah blah.

Who has the final say?
Both: Management. [laughs]
Gianni: We bounce ideas off each other, and whatever we feel is the better idea. It’s not “I don’t like that so we’re not gonna use it.” It’s more “I feel like this is a better route.” Sometimes I have to accept his idea over my idea, because I know overall it’ll make a better song.
Kyle: Or even just trying something. If one of us has an idea the other isn’t feeling, we’ll be like “well what’s the hurt of just trying it?” We might as well work through and try.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
Gianni: Specifically coming from Maryland, there’s only so much we can do in that area. Everyone knows everyone. It’s a small suburban town. We were maxing out of what we could do creatively and connections-wise in Maryland. Moving out to LA, there’s a lot of people you can meet, make connections with. It can definitely level up your career for sure. But you have to come in with the right mindset of “alright, I’m here to work. I’m not here to party all the time, drink and go out.” Need to actually dedicate myself to this lifestyle and work.

“do you miss me at all?” is so relatable. What was your mindstate recording this one?
Kyle: We were both going through really bad breakups. That’s literally what created it.
Gianni: Yeah, I just got dumped when that happened. I got really sad, then started being more sad. It was a self-value thing. That breakup led me towards “who am I worth as a person?” type thing. It was deeper than that. That was back in Maryland. Back in LA, I sat in the studio one day and cranked out the hook. I sent the idea to him, he’s like “this is gonna be one of our biggest songs of all time.” And now it is.
Kyle: It’s funny ‘cause it started off as a demo. We weren’t writing for PnB Rock necessarily, but basically getting together a pack to send out to him. We wrote that, then the first 8 bars of my verse was originally just a freestyle. ‘Cause I love PnB Rock too. I’m like “this sounds like PnB Rock and A Boogie, so let me just freestyle A Boogie-sounding thing.” A lot of comments on the Youtube video say “this kind of sounds like PnB Rock, this sounds like blah blah blah.” I thought that was cool.

Best memory shooting the visual?
Kyle: Getting it done. [laughs]
Gianni: The execution ‘cause we never worked that fast in our lives. Originally, we weren’t going to shoot a music video for it in the first place, but then it started doing so well. If we don’t shoot a music video for it, it’d be a major L for us. We got the whole team together, worked out an idea, executed super fast. Got the turnaround of the video super fast, then threw it out there. Everyone coming together really working as hard as we possibly could to get it out was dope. It’s our best visual to date honestly. It turned out really, really well.

You released she’s no angel last year. What can we expect music-wise?
Gianni: We’re dropping a new song, the first single off our EP coming out this summer. That’ll lead towards an album in the fall, then a tour right after that in the fall. That’s terrifying, don’t say it out loud. It’s our first headlining tour. Exciting but so scary.
Kyle: It’s cool too because with she’s no angel, we were going through breakups. We moved out here. That’s when we’re writing everything, so we felt out of place. With this new project, we’re just happy as hell. We’re able to make summer bops, all pop songs we’re really happy about. It feels nice, we’re gonna be able to perform songs that are happy and not just sad as shit.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Kyle: That it’s relatable right?

Gianni: That we’re just normal people that worked really hard and got it done. Now, look at what we’re doing. Anyone can really do this if they have the dedication and work hard enough for it.

What is your take on the music industry?
Kyle: It’s weird. Really weird.
Gianni: It’s hard finding genuine people who want to have a friendship. In the entertainment industry when you hang out with people, it’s all what can you do for me? It’s hard finding genuine real friends out here. You win some, you lose some. You gotta take everything with a grain of salt.

How important is social media for your career?
Kyle: That’s the most important thing to us, sadly. On Instagram, we reply to every single DM we get. That’s one of the reasons why we have such a strong fan base, because we built a relationship where they’re able to talk to their favorite artist. For us using Instagram or Twitter is so important ’cause we’re able to get to know the people listening to us, who’s supporting us living out here.

Favorite person to follow on IG?
Gianni: Our cat. [laughs] His name’s Raisin. Like That’s So Raven, we made CatsSoRaisin. He’s honestly more funny and entertaining than us, I don’t understand it.
Kyle: It’s what we wish we were able to do without management shutting it down on our profile, so we just do it on Raisin’s. He’s really funny.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Kyle: Wake up, workout. We have a guitar at home, our roommate makes all of our beats. He’ll just pick up the guitar and start playing something. We’ll hear it from the other room like “oh, let’s write something!” That’s honestly our day. A lot of Instagram, a lot on the computer trying to talk to people.
Gianni: Trying to organize the future of our releases, we always gotta stay 3 steps ahead. We gotta get this, this, and this done before people even realize it’s a thing. Making sure everything is on schedule, shooting a bunch of content with our boy Cam [right over there]. It’s starting to get a lot busier now with this new project coming out, but it’s all worth it for sure.

3 things you need in the studio?
Both: Water, Nicky Quinn, our producer, and each other. [laughs]
Kyle: We don’t like having a shit ton of people in the studio. We don’t like to have it be a hangout. We look at it as our job. I want to go there, I don’t want to bullshit. I smoke in my free time, but I’m not gonna during a session. We don’t drink. It’s more so “alright, let’s be top notch and get this done.”

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
Kyle: There were so many on tour. This girl, Daniela.
Gianni: She’s great. She’s been a fan since we were at 1,000 followers, maybe even less. We finally got to meet her on tour, she lives in Texas. It was Houston. She made these really cool customized Gianni & Kyle T-shirts. She’s such a nice girl too, super sweet. People fucking with us from the beginning. Seeing them in person and how dedicated they’ve been towards us  — how they stuck around throughout this entire whole process.
Kyle: All of the fan accounts too, they make memes using us. They do it daily. We lowkey just take those memes. [laughs] We credit them, but it’s like “whoa, this is really funny.” Any fan who takes the extra time to be like “I’ma create an account literally dedicated to them.” That’s crazy.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Both: Ty Dolla $ign, definitely Ty Dolla $ign for me.
Kyle: Smino also. And Amine.
Gianni: Marc E. Bassy, and T-Pain.

Dream collab?
Kyle: T-Pain. We’re really trying to get him on the album. Gianni just met him.
Gianni: He’s the nicest dude ever. We grew up inspired by a lot of early 2000’s R&B and pop. He influenced the way I approached music making, in terms of melody and catchiness. His music is just that. Meeting him and seeing how genuine and nice, he was really cool.

Anything else you want to let us know?
Gianni: The new album, we’re really trying to modernize that early 2000’s R&B and pop sound. Really capitalize that on the album for sure, hopefully people will enjoy that.
Kyle: This has been an amazing time together!



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