Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaylan Arnold.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been singing since kindergarten. I went to a little private school in palm beach gardens for 14 years where I joined the chorus, drumline, & drama club. I’m a visual learner. I watched videos of drummers while waiting to be picked up and learned to play. I was inspired to play the guitar by John Mayer & I was inspired by John legend & Alicia keys to play the piano. At 13, I was gifted my first keyboard by my parents.
At 14, I was gifted my first guitar by my brother. His ex-girlfriend gave it to him, and he never used it. I eventually locked myself in my room and taught myself piano, guitar, & ukelele. I used to go to guitar center just to bang on drums until I got the hang of it. My sister bought me my first mic and id recorded “less-than-mediocre” demos in my room. I got signed at 17 to a reggae label, run by Morgan Heritage’s Gramps Morgan. It turned out to be much less than what I needed and wanted but beneficial nonetheless.
When I graduated from high school, I went to Loyola University New Orleans with an academic excellence scholarship and made a lot of producer, engineer, rapper, singer, musician friends & learned how to produce, and to properly record and engineer myself.
Throughout my learning process, I was always posting cover & freestyle videos – some of which went viral. I’m currently managed by YesJulz (Julz Goddard) and living in Miami as a full-time musician. She is taking much better care of me under her wing. I’m currently working on my debut album and releasing the first single from it next month.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. I am gay, and my last label deal prevented me from being myself. It was a reggae label, and it is well known that Jamaica is the most homophobic place on earth despite its evolution.
I also struggled with identifying as a member of the LGBTQ community because both of my parents are immigrants and made it pretty hard for me to come out. Even though that’s the case, I’m living with my wife now, happily, and when I came out, my dad was super supportive.
I struggled with anxiety and depression while finding myself, but once I did, I became genuinely happy and I spread this joy and appreciation for life to everyone around me.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a multi-genre musician, artist, producer & engineer. I’m most proud of my ability to adapt. I think versatility is essential in this industry.
I think what makes me different is my knowledge of so many different genres and artists and my ability to draw inspiration from anything.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think my energy is the single most important thing about me and my journey to success.
- Every record I have been featured on or put out has charted in the reggae top 200 on iTunes.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/kaylan.arnold
- Facebook: facebook.com/officialkaylanarnold
- Twitter: twitter.com/kaylan_arnold