Kyle Mitchell and The Good Nights formed back in December 2018.They originally got together to help front man Kyle Mitchell to record his first demo of 5 songs with Jesse Keeler (Death From Above and MSTRKRFT).
It didn’t take long for the band to realize the chemistry that they have while playing together nor was it possible to ignore the amount of fun they have while bringing Kyle’s original songs to life. With a collective group of talented musicians (Gayle Newman, Travis Newman, Andrew Gardiner, John LeBaron, Mike Pratt and Ryan Coolen), The Good Nights bring an original sound with a folky/Celtic/Bluegrass/Country-ish flavour to it with a collaboration of instruments, catchy harmonies and a feel good vibe! Since December of 2018, they have played on a number of stages for a variety of audiences since making their debut in May 2019 at the Shelter Valley Concert Series. From playing on big stages for fairs to playing live on the radio, Kyle Mitchell and The Good Nights continue to make headway and are aiming to eventually take their show on the road!
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We feel that we dabble in a few genres such as Folk, East Coast/Celtic, Bluegrass and Country, but if we were to pick one, we would say Folk music would be the best one as it generally suits our overall sound.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I (Kyle) had been thinking of band names for quite some time as I knew I would eventually want to start one. I always knew that I wanted a band just like this as I have been writing folky songs for a number of years now and I figured that when the day came I would want to come prepared with at least a couple of band names so that we could leave it up to a vote. So when the time came and I brought forward my band name ideas, we all decided on "The Good Nights" and although I originally only wanted "The Good Nights", the band thought it would be more suiting to have it "Kyle Mitchell and The Good Nights" as we would be primarily playing my original songs. The idea for "The Good Nights" came to me as I would often reflect on memories with my close friends and we would generally recap them as "now that was a good night". I wanted a band with a good time feeling and that's what I ended up with.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
For me, I've had a few in my life. Anyone who knows me, can tell you that I have a real connection to Irish and Newfoundland folk music, bands like "The Pogues", "The Dubliners", "The Irish Descendants", "The Navigators" and so on. But I also have been majorly influenced by artists such as Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine and the list goes on. Although Folk music has been the foundation of my musical journey, classic rock has been like a guiding light for me, I guess you could say, which has allowed me to dabble in various forms of songwriting over the years.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We are currently working on recording some new songs so we can eventually put out an album. I also have been collaborating with a couple other song writers as we hope to pitch some songs to other artists. Although the band and I are a major priority, my real passion is songwriting and my goal is to become a published songwriter some day.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to become a published songwriter and to one day write songs for not just my band and I to perform/record but for other artists too. I am quite interested in collaborating with other artists and song writers as well.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite original tack to perform would have to be "Wishful Thinking". I guess the reason for that is because I really enjoy the energy the band has when we play it, we usually get a great response with it and the overall feeling of the song is just really lighthearted and upbeat.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
I think mostly is just us as a band finding more time to do more music is incredibly challenging at times as we are all parents to young children and we all have full time jobs.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I don't really have a "process". I often say that my lady muse comes and goes as she pleases. But when she's here, its not always at the most convenient times but I make the most of it, I always write ideas down or record little tid bits to refer back to later on. Sometimes I can write a song with in an hour, other times it can take me up to a year or 2 later to finish them. It's a pain in the ass but I do what I can.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It's mostly just been a resource to help get feedback from people who don't know us. To be honest, I'm not really good on social media, I always seem to forget to promote a gig, or to upload pictures or to check the notifications out. I'd prefer someone else to do it personally.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I have too many to name. Mostly the artists that I mentioned earlier. But I've been really hook on a band called "The Lost Dog Street Band" for the last year or so. They have some really well written songs with such a raw sound which I find very refreshing and it motivates me to keep up the good fight! They don't come to Canada so I will have to make my way down to the States sometime and check them out.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Not much of anything really. I enjoyed drawing and just being a kid really. I've been playing the guitar since I was 14 or so, so I guess whatever 14 year olds do. I always said, learning how to play the guitar has been the most productive thing I've ever done in my entire life. now it's as much a part of me as songwriting is. I'll never quit.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Well if by "Music World" you mean just being a person who plays music, then I would say "always do it for you". I say that because, if it doesn't drive you or movie you in the right ways, then don't do it. Once you start doing it for other people or to just boost your ego, you've lost what music really is. In my opinion. And don't pay no attention to people who are "better" than you at it. Music is a journey with no end. Once you're on it, you just keep on going. If you're just beginning or feel like you're not good enough, just remember, the ones who are "really great" at it, at one time they weren't.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I feel that there should be more opportunity for artists to be heard by executives without having to spend a crap load of money on fancy demo's, especially when they're pitching songs. If you're an exec of some sort, I think you should have an ear to listen to a rougher recording, or a live act or something that it's neatly polished and hear the potential in the song or the band. Also, I think music shouldn't be so formulated in order for it to be a "hit". Music now-a-days seems to have a shelf life on it. I don't hear much these days on the radio that I would deem to be timeless music anymore. Not saying that I write timeless songs, but I wish that music had more value, but I guess it's damn near impossible with how easily accessible it is to everyone with the internet and such. Also, give the artists and songwriter their due!
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I feel it's what gives each person their own sound and individuality. I respect it
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Not at the moment really. But I hope that will change in the near future!