Kyler Richard - Texas Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination by Rachel Richard Photography by Tishy Photography Issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Kyler Richard is an amazing 17-year old senior and happens to be an amazing musician as well. Kyler has been in band since the sixth grade as a percussionist. In the last two years, he has taught himself how to play the guitar, which has become his passion. He is also the singer and rhythm guitarist in a local band with some of his closest friends who have all come together to share their talents with friends and family. Kyler shares that same love for music in a diverse way, as a member of the worship team at church. Music has driven Kyler to expand his skills and love of music and truly has formed him into the exceptional young man he is today. Kyler is planning to attend college and aspires to become a dentist; however, he plans to keep music a big part of his life. Kyler is the twin brother of Keaton, so scholarship opportunities will help assure his long-term college aspirations are successful.
Photography by Tishy Photography
How did you become interested in music? Ever since I was younger, I have always had a strong liking for music. I would always sing in the car with my parents, and I would beat on the closest thing around me like a drum. It is kind of difficult to say exactly, but I know it has always been around me for as long as I can remember.
What were some ways you taught yourself how to play guitar? YouTube videos? Books? Or did it just come naturally to you? When I first wanted to start learning guitar, I asked my buddy for help. He showed me a couple of guitar chords and I was on my way. I would come home from school every day to try to learn more guitar chords. I went to YouTube and searched for the most basic guitar chords; I would constantly practice those chords until I got them down pretty well. I have been playing guitar for about two years now, I am constantly picking up new techniques and learning songs to help me become a better guitar player.
Photography by Tishy Photography
Tell us a little bit about what you are involved in at your high school. I am involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, PNG Indians Give, and band. In band, I have been on the drum line since my freshman year. I started out playing the bass drum and then I played snare drum the following year, for the past two years I have been playing the tenor drums, also known as the quads. I have also been a section leader for the past two years, and this year I was selected to be Vice President of the band.
Please tell us about the local rock band you are in called Klozure. In my band Klozure, I sing lead vocals and play rhythm guitar, Shelby Balsano plays bass guitar, Hayden Snider is the drummer and Benton Nesmith is our newest guitarist. After tons of practice, we really played well together, and we started learning covers. After a while we started to write our own music and we have successfully completed one full song named Emerge. We still have to record the song and mix and master it before we release it to the public. We are constantly coming up with new ideas for songs and we plan to learn a lot of covers, so we can get various gigs.
Photography by Tishy Photography
Why do you think people rely on you for advice? People tend to rely on me for advice because I am trustworthy and I give honest advice. I always do my best to help the people who ask for help, and to hopefully help anyone else around me.
Photography by Ivan Jaquez
What makes a good leader? A good leader to me is someone who is willing to put themselves before others, always early to every event and offers to help in any situation. A good leader is a hard worker and a person people look to for advice. I do my best to follow these qualities and to set the example for the people around me.
Kyler will be featured in issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine! Hear Kyler and his band play by clicking HERE
Cash Lane - California Interview by Claire Plath Nomination & Photography by Nicole Lane Issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: At the tender age of 13, Cash Lane is already living his best life. Having graced the stages of some iconic places such as The Viper Room and The Rainbow on Hollywood’s Sunset strip, sitting in with adult, touring musicians, all while holding his own on his bass guitar. His band, Youthanize, was recently complemented and scouted by America’s Got Talent. Having played shows with an audience full of the music industry’s heavy hitters is enough to leave any seasoned adult player feeling envious. Cash is just getting started and we can’t wait to see what his future holds!
What do you love most about music, and what is your favorite instrument to play? The famous quote, “where words fail, music speaks” really resonates with me. Music is a way for me to express myself. Happy or sad, there’s always a song that will reflect my mood. I play drums and bass guitar, but bass is my instrument of choice.
Tell me about your band Youthanize and the opportunities you have received like playing in The Viper Room on Hollywood’s Sunset strip. Youthanize is a band from ages 10-14 years old. We play rock and roll covers. We are mentored by my dad, Corey Lane and our keyboard player’s dad, Jason Freese. They are both in the music industry and through them, we have had some amazing opportunities. Sometimes they help us get our foot in the door, but our playing has to speak for itself. Getting to play on the Sunset strip was definitely on my bucket list. Getting to do it multiple times has been really cool.
What has been your favorite memory of being a part of your band so far, and how has music opened the door for new experiences in your life? I have so many great memories from being a part of my band. We all get along so well, and we will definitely be friends for a very long time as we navigate this business. I’d have to say that my favorite show was getting to play with a band called Rothchild. It’s a project that Brooks Wackerman (drummer for Avenged Sevenfold) put together with some of the guys from Tenacious D. There were so many amazingly talented musicians in the audience that night. I felt extremely fortunate that I had that opportunity at only 13 yrs old. As for new experiences, one show just seems to lead to another.
Can you tell me about the importance of work ethic that’s come into play through your music experience so far, and what it has taught you from being hired by places that are adult establishments? Work ethic is something I learned early on. Why would they hire a kid to play if it comes with headaches when they can just hire an adult? I show up early, ready to perform. I do my job. I know it’s not time to play around.
How has your passion for music encouraged you to stay true to yourself throughout your life? Music is something I’ve been around since day one. Throughout elementary school, most of my peers were into sports. I gave it a try. It definitely was NOT my thing. While most of my friends were at baseball practice, I was in music lessons. Friends would come over and the first thing they wanted to do was bang on my drums. It taught me that it was cool to be different. Now, I realize I want to stand out and not blend in.
What advice would you give to other teens that would help encourage them to continue to pursue their dreams even if they stand out amongst the rest? I would tell them something great always comes out of doing what you love. When you stand out or are different, it helps people remember you. You leave a mark and that’s a good thing. If someone really wants something, I’d tell them to not give up. Practice, practice and practice some more. When you’re ready, find others with your same goals, and start jamming with them. But most importantly, never stop learning.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? In 5 years, I hope to be a bass player who’s a true contender in the game. My dream would be to play music full time. I would love to be able to have my bass guitar take me around the world.