Kyla's latest EP Renegade fuses drum n' bass rhythms with her melodic violin playing. She points out, "We went into the project with the idea of writing tunes that capture the energy of the live show. I knew that I wanted the umbrella to be drum n' bass, I knew I wanted the compositions to be complex because I wanted them to stand on their own."
The producer of Renegade played an integral role in creating the album. Kyla says, "Phonik Ops moved over from Vancouver to do this album with me. When we first started talking about it, he was just going to help me out. We were going to get other producers to submit tracks and he was just going to help me record. As we got into it, we just started creating together and it turned into a collaborative project with him. He's responsible for 50 percent of the end result."
Kyla also mentions Beatsmith’s contribution to the album She says, “He’s a talented young sound designer whose work is featured on most of the tracks of the EP.”
The creative process for the album was an intense process of experimentation and collaboration according to Kyla. She says, "I'd come up with a plucking line that I liked or he'd be messing around in Ableton and come up with a sound and I would start jamming with that and then we'd start recording. We decided that if we had a strong melody, we'd set it to the side because we didn't yet know where it was going to fit. We'd have five different pieces of a song and we had to figure out how the hell we were going to put it all together."
There are a number of challenges that she's had to overcome in her career as a musician. Kyla explains, "I have a daughter and I've never stopped playing so I've had to balance having a career with being a parent. Doing it on my own and trying to get the balance is still a struggle, but it's always been that way and we've found a way to make it work well. I've definitely missed a lot of things being on the road, but I really enjoy that I've been able to keep my career going at the same time."