Kyrstyn Pixton

Inclusive Interview

 

Amidst the knotty forests of Oregon tucked neatly in the suburbs of Portland, lives the lovely and talented Kyrstyn Pixton. YES TRiBE recently had the pleasure of spending the evening with her and her husband, Mathias (sorry, gents). It was a magical night filled with conversation, libation, and a bubbling hookah. Join us as we delve into the mind of Kyrstyn Pixton and discuss such topics as her album, 2012 and open source sharing.

We skipped our way through the forest to come upon the cozy home Kyrstyn lives in with her husband, Mathias, who is finishing his Doctorate in philosophy. After warm welcomes and a quick tour, we sit down at a round table to a glowing hookah and over 6 hours of bawdy, amusing, and insightful conversation.

 

Miss Pixton, Miss Pixton!! Was it your intention, with this latest album, to actually steal our hearts? Or was it just a product of the musical journey?

Kyrstyn started making music at the age of 5, pounding on the piano in the family home and singing all the time. At age twelve, she began recording everything that she could. This allowed her to find her musical groove through her schooling. In 2007, she began using Ableton Live and hasn’t looked back.

She sites Joanna Newsome as her largest musical influence to date, sprinkled with some 90′s female singer-songwriters such as Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco. She also has a large love for classical music, like Beethoven and Chopin, but also enjoys contemporary artists such as Akara. What was a bit unexpected was her love of trance music.

“I was obsessed with trance, really sparkly trance, for a long time, specifically Tiesto’s “In Search of Sunrise…I just remember dancing around in the living room to those artists, going into awesome little kid trances and imaginary lands, it was beautiful.”

 

Kyrstyn Pixton

Good thing that she had this love, because it shines bright in her evolving sound.

One of the incredible things about Kyrstyn’s music is the production value. It is highly produced, twisted and tweaked in the studio to perfection. One of her biggest challenges is to translate that sound to the live venue. Typically, this looks like more of an acoustic show, where Kyrstyn plays the piano and sings her melodious tunes with little to no effects. This works well for her as her favorite places to play are those “…intimate spaces where everyone is in it together, and listening, where people are more interested in ascension and ideas beyond the verbal and visual scapes and scopes. The sound quality of actual audio as opposed to digitized audio…is entirely different, I can feel it in my blood…”

However, a live electronic show is in the works and we are eagerly looking forward to that.

Through and through, Embyrs is a sweetly epic serenade through time, space and everything in between. The album was set to be called Embyros and Ashes, until her Dad mentioned to her a meaning that she hadn’t seen.

I never thought about it biologically. I was thinking about it mythically. An embryo is something that is being born and it isn’t formed and the album was something that was trying to be born from this other realm. And ashes…It’s birth and redeath!”

 

Kyrstyn accurately claims the lead track, Crusade, to be the anthem of the album. The beautiful journey through aural soundscapes of some forgotten expedition was one of those songs that needed perfect timing and conditions to come through.

It’s nice to be able to just create, especially when the creative energy is so fleeting. Because you can go into the studio and try at any given time, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is actually going to happen. You kinda have to be on call…I spent a week in my study [creating Crusade], I never left, except to eat, because I couldn’t figure out the words for three days. So I would just go back there and listen.”

 

Kyrstyn also co-wrote a number of tracks on the newest Lynx album, On The Horizon, including Burning Bone, Rising Tide, Northern Rain and Youngblood.

Recently Miss Pixton found her album on a torrent site, free to download. She responded by posting on Facebook about her discovery and the admitted that she was not sure how to feel about it.

Basically, I don’t really care if people pirate my music, as long as people who are able to support it, do.

She admits to having used torrent sites herself, when she couldn’t afford to pay. We then dive into a diatribe on the significance of open source sharing and how sharing acts symbiotically with progress.

Learn more about open-source sharing

~~Progress happens when people come together to share their resources, ideas and technologies. Say I have something and you have another thing, and he has another thing, and all together they make something amazing, revolutionary and incredible. (but we are all holding on to them so tightly because we think it’s our intellectual property, or we are trying to make a buck off of it, we are not going to put together the bigger thing, the bigger picture.) What’s stopping us from collaborating and bringing this new innovation to life? Typically it has been our thoughts that we own our ideas, that they are somehow ours, because we pulled them from the collective. And that if someone else uses that idea or wants to interact with that idea, they owe us something. And if they don’t they are taking from us, harming us.

And where these issues are coming up in society, we are encountering a reality where we can copy and multiply value, digitally, through media and through information.  Most money these days is just a multiplication of 1′s and 0′s in a database somewhere.  Now, you can copy that information without inherently harming that person, you aren’t taking anything away from them by copying. And so we start to see this new perspective where we can copy things into infinity and have total abundance.

In the future, the age where we are able to replicate everything, matter and all, from the atomic nanoscale, the currency won’t be money anymore. It will be creativity, original ideas and thoughts.  And by sharing the gifts and talents freely, we provide a groundwork for other people to work from, inspiration that moves them to create.  We can feel joy and appreciation that someone loves what we are doing so much that they~~

Finally, we ask Kyrstyn about her thoughts on 2012 and the great shift. She replied that she wasn’t sure, but kept an open-minded skepticism about it all. She also said that she didn’t think that our Earth Consciousness shifting had a huge impact in the galactic scheme of things.

I am not about to jump in a boat like, ‘Alright!! We’re going!! We are about to ascend!! Here we go!!’ I mean maybe I am because I am actually really open to it. If I was in a situation where everyone was doing that, I would do it too. But it’s a spaceship, not a boat.

Even though we can’t perceive everything that is going on…there is so much that so many of us see that we don’t know what it is or why it is or why its so beautiful and interesting but we know that it’s really important and that’s where our art comes from. We are just trying to portray the realms that the Earth is cradled in but not totally interfaced with. So that’s why I make art, to help myself understand what is going on. The music that I make, I make as portals for myself to travel into the different realms that are helping me mythologically or psychedelically.”

 

As the hour got late, Kyrstyn offered to play us a few songs, including an amazing rendition of her anthem, Crusade. Enjoy.

Kyrstyn Pixton and her husband, Mathias, are incredible spirits, shining love and knowledge wherever they are and whoever they meet. YES TRiBE fully endorses and supports their beings. Thanks you for the light that you shine. Blessings.