Next Wave #1170: Kynsy

Meet the Dublin Indie riser who opens up on crossroads and career transitions...

It’s been a strange few years for alternative Dublin artist Kynsy. Since the release of her last project ‘Something To Do With Love‘, she’s moved to London, formed a new live band and split from her management team. While Kynsy has played a number of shows in the meantime, she’s now returned with a brand new single ‘Money’, a song doused in the depths of nostalgia and longing, exploring the intricate journey of the heart.

Kynsy takes a moment to reflect on what the past twenty months have brought her. “The last time I released anything I was in a completely different place physically and mentally,” she admits as she chats to CLASH from her London apartment, the white walls covered in everything from clothes to guitars. “I was living with my parents in Dublin, I was just quite unhappy with my situation on a personal level. I was trying to support myself musically, avoiding renting to not have to work to focus on it and I felt like I was going a bit mad. I’ve just spent the past few years changing everything around really – finding my new direction quietly in the background.”

London has always been somewhat of a second home for Kynsy. She was born in the capital and has family spread across the expanse of the city, so when she finally made the move in November of 2022 things came together quite naturally for her. She started working in a service job, quickly made friends with with her colleagues and other musicians (including her brand new live band), and whilst the music never really stopped, she did make an effort to ensure she was truly ready before picking up the guitar to record once more. 

“There is pressure with releasing to stay in people’s minds,” she explains. “It can be quite draining and it takes away from the reason you do it in the first place. Sometimes the external pressures and material aspects can really distract artists from that, it can be draining. With not releasing, I was able to do some self-work which was really important to me. So now when I am releasing and gigging my general state is much better and happier than two years ago when there was quite a bit of pressure.”

Kynsy admits for the first time that two or three years ago she was struggling quite a lot with anxiety, imposter syndrome, and with her mental health in general. “I’ve worked through it now and I feel like I’m more mentally up for it,” she smiles encouragingly. “I’m enjoying life more day-to-day – the ups and down – and I’m a lot more clear headed in what I do.” “The old music was very much me experimenting,” she continues, “when I listen back to it I can hear my anxieties and the chaos of it and it now feels more mature, more realised and the new material encapsulates that change and where I’m at now.”

During this break from releasing, Kynsy has signed to Nice Swan Records. The conversations began after she played Reeperbahn Festival in Germany in September, and it was obvious very quickly that they were the perfect match. “It’s been really good, and really interesting,” she smiles. “They are absolutely lovely fellas. They’re big-picture thinking which is great; they’re open to new ideas and trying new things. They are there when I need help but they mostly let me do my own thing.”

With the deal signed, thoughts turned to their first release together. It was ‘Money’ that stood out as the obvious first single. The track was an idea Kynsy had been sitting on for a number of years; she’d tried to release previous iterations but it never quite materialised, The chorus was written almost four years ago, whilst the lyrics were finished about a year ago, a flash for an artist who was sitting on her debut project for almost three years. As well as being her first drop in a while, it’s also the first song she’s released that’s entirely self-produced. “It felt more songwritery,” she explains of the track. “I like the lyrics and it’s a bit more of a rock-pop sound than before. It’s similar to what’s to come – the new music is quite rocky and more spacier than before so it’s great.”

As she gears up to return to the release cycle – the interviews, the shows, the shoots, and recording sessions – was there any trepidation about returning to aspects of the industry that brought her stress in the past? Would it undo some of the hard work she’d put in? “Two years ago I was enjoying everything on the music side, but I just found that when I did a lot of touring and music festivals, I was absolutely terrified. I was scared shitless! I had really bad imposter syndrome, and it’s only now after assessing everything, doing some work – changing a couple of things, changing my scenery, changing some people around me who I wasn’t really aligned with anymore – that I know I’m well up for it again,” she asserts. 

She continues: “I was afraid to change a lot of things because I was worried about how it would impact my career, or I didn’t want to fall into the trap of falling into a service job and not focusing on music. I was worried about changing stuff because I just wanted to do music and that just made it worse. Whereas now I feel like I’ve come out the other side and when I do shows, even big shows, I’m much happier. I feel ready for it and more relaxed about it than ever before; it’s not like my first EP where I’m figuring it out. I’ve done all this before and I feel so much stronger now having those experiences.”

Kynsy supports Do Nothing at Buxton House on May 22nd and plays Night and Day Festival in Boyle, Co.Roscommon on Saturday June 29th. Get your tickets here.

Words: Cailean Coffey

Photo Credit: Tatiana Pozuelo

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