sunsetto (aka Kyle Mischiek) is a Toronto-based singer, songwriter and producer. Skating past genre lines and assembling a nocturnal mosaic of R&B, alternative and pop, his evocative vocals dip in and out of hazy loops, stoned D.I.Y. beats, and flourishes of cinematic production beamed out of his personal studio yet meant for mass transmission.
During 2020, he shared a snippet of his single, “don’t leave,” on Instagram and organically amassed hundreds of thousands of streams. He has followed up the initial viral buzz with a multitude of new songs like "too fast," "late to the party," "on the side (ft. Calabasas)," and "drugs are for fun," earning attention from tastemakers like EARMILK, Ones To Watch, and Fashionably Early.
Thank you for taking this interview! What has 2022 been like for YOU as an artist?
Technically this is my first year as an artist which is strange, since I’ve been writing and making demos for almost ten years. It’s been really quick growth for me as an artist and with that comes some growing pains, at times it was uncomfortable. But the evolution of my music and ability this year shows, and I’m proud. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
The biggest change I think is my confidence as an artist. The fact that I know what I like now helps a lot in the creative process. How did you come up with your latest project?
To be honest I don’t know how I came up with anything! I’m still very present in the process but it seems like the inspiration I feel from the music ends up turning into words that I might want to say to someone in my life, or something I wish someone would say to me. Where are you from originally?
I was raised mostly in Nova Scotia, Canada. Where do you live now?
I live in Toronto. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Yeah definitely. Weather can play a role at the very least. But for me, co-writing has become a big part of my process and the people I work with definitely help shape the music overall. What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I think it was seeing a VHS tape of NSYNC performing at Madison Square Garden when I was a kid. I’ve been writing songs ever since then. How do you want to shape your career?
I want music to be the foundation of everything. I’m not much of a TV or Internet personality, I’m a low key guy. I just hope to lead with my music and the fans who care enough will get to know me through that. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I go with the flow to get ideas, because that’s where all the ideas live, in the flow.. but at some point I had to hard switch to calendar mode and scheduling to polish things or re-write things or curate the ideas. How did your latest title of your music come to be?
My latest couple of singles were a result of some sessions I did a few months back in LA. I was going to write for whoever, not just myself. It just so happened that I loved the songs for my own project. I worked with amazing producers like Calabasas and Lenno. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
For me it has been hard to decide when something is done. But there are some songs when you just know that it’s ready for the world to hear, and it is kind of nerve racking still. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
For the most part yes, because a lot of it comes from a personal place. I try not to get too precious about my songs so if something doesn’t connect right away, I’m not upset.. but when something does connect, like don’t leave for example. It can be a wild ride of emotions. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
One word? Melodramatic Where do they go to listen NOW?
You can stream my new single "too fast" at the link here: sunsetto.lnk.to/toofast_ What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I definitely get kind messages all the time, I think when people send me clips of them singing my songs or playing them on piano or something like that.. those might be my favorite reactions, it just feels great. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I’m excited for life. I feel validated as an artist, writer, and producer, and I’m really only getting started. I’m excited to share this EP with the world, and continue writing and collaborating across Canada and the US. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Yes I’m working with a musical director to bring these songs to the stage, it’s been great. I love performing and it’s a really fun set.