**Kalyst's first recordings, were put on a mix-tape called "Raw Skin", which was released to the internet in October of 2010. Recorded at The Band Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Raw Skin consists of raw recorded vocals, and a young MC figuring himself out as well as the recording process. At the time, Kalyst was a part of Commission Ent., which, are the only other artists on this mix-tape that are featured.
The song "Bubbles" was aired on z93.3 FM, a local radio station, and quickly became one of the fan favorites at shows. Notorious for getting people on the bar, and guys an easy feel, "Bubbles" was a great entrance to the music game.
Bubbles was followed by the release of "Summertime" Over a Commission Ent. production, Summertime is a feel good track that quickly caught the ear of locals and local MC's. A Remix featuring Dino Rashaad and Cutty Currency is floating around on the internet somewhere.... Also receiving radio play, Summertime was a glimpse of things to come...
Quote from Kalyst on "Raw Skin"
"The first recording of the developing artist Kalyst. Raw Skin is a collage of aggression, confrontation, and rough around the edges style. This album was just about writing, filling the page with craziness. I'm proud of this album as I look back upon it.. Enjoy ! " - Kalyst
Bandcamp Link for Raw Skin (Free Download):
**Kalyst's FIRST CD 'SHOCK VALUE' Is Now Available on I-tunes, CD Baby, and Digi-station, all under KALYST! (Released 5-18-2011)
Kalyst's first official CD release came with Shock Value. With his own mic and a little studio set up, Kalyst starts to pick his own beats, have custom beats made for him, purchases rights and ownership of his music. With the help of his new label mates, MDM, he begins to learn to engineer his own music.
His first release off this CD, was the FFC produced song entitled "Rear View Mirror". A Smooth bass-line driven beat, it quickly caught the ears of the local bar heads.
The first track, !Kalyst! became an anthem and is still to date one of the fan favorites at shows. Produced by FFC, is a flip of a classic White Stripes track, and it gives people a chance to scream..
1000 copies of this cd were pressed..... none are left......
With great features such as Eclips (MDM), the song "Mean Mugz", produced by Mr. Kooman, is an instant club banger, as well as the track entitled "Nothin Left To Say', Which also features A.r.E.a. (MDM) and was produced by Dead Broke Entertainment.
Other features include: John Smith, Trent Anderson, Sly (Dead Broke Ent.), Kawola (Dead Broke Ent), Random Thoughts aka Dig Mode (MDM), Tyde the Omega, Mercenary (MDM),
------Production By: BatCave Studio's (FFC), Mr. Kooman, Cold Air Kids, Lazzo Ent., Ateristik Beats, Savage Productions, Dead Broke Beats. Graphic Design by: Jill Morgan (Cover Photo) Loox Productions (Back Cover)
Bandcamp Link for Shock Value (Free Download) :
Soundcloud Link For Shock Value:
**Kalyst's Group CD with the Cool Kids Committee (CkC) Is available on Bandcamp (Released November of 2011)
After about a year with MDM, and doing shows with Focus Confucius, A.r.E.a., & Eclips, the CkC or Cool Kids Committee was born. Hundreds of shows, all over the mid-west, as well as local award for best local MC's followed. It was something to see..... The released their only group CD to date in 2011.
Link for CkC's Be Cool Vol 1.
**Kalyst's SECOND solo CD 'Sodium Amytol' It's Available On BandCamp & DigiStation. (Released 4-19-12)
With the success of Shock Value, Kalyst began his next project, to which he entitled "Sodium Amytol", or truth syrum, as it can be commonly referred to. The object of this CD was growth, self awareness, and maturity...
The first release from this project was the track "If", which was also the first video Kalyst ever shot, and directed himself. A track about dealing with what you have in front of you, dealing what you've done behind you, and the fear of what's to come. "If", although raw in the video aspect, is still one of Kalyst's most viewed online songs to date.
LINK FOR KALYST'S VIDEO "IF.."
Sodium Amytol marked the first time Kalyst did solo engineering on a whole project. With all but 2 beats now coming from the producers at MDM, creativity really starts to burst out in all directions. From "Game Of Love" produced by Chris Faeth and featuring Local Wisconsin singer Kennedy Vaaler (featured twice on this album), about twisted relationships, to "Hole In The Sky" featuring Focus Confucius & A.r.E.a., the darker reality in things starts to shine in some of Kalyst's music. The realness of life comes through on tracks such as "Oh Well,..", "EveryDay & Night", and "And Now", but there is no better example than the track entitled "Any1 Home", featuring A.r.E.a.
As always with Kalyst, however, there is always a good side, and a positive feel towards life and the future. With the FFC produced track "Rewind", Kalyst teams up with fellow MDM label-mate Contagious Pockets, and remind themselves "If this a dream, I don't wanna wake up" Also, the track "Full Swing" which also features label-mates A.r.E.a. & Eclips, was the standout track and fan favorite at a Kalyst performance.
Quote from Kalyst on "Sodium Amytol"
"As this Album started to come together, I was going through life, as all of us do, and was looking to vent that in my music. To me, my revealings were so personal that often at times wanted to scratch this whole thing. I was worried about what you as the listener would think, and react to not trendy, Not always upbeat, and not always optimistic... And Sodium Amytol Was born... As it progressed, I became more comfortable in a self expression of just being me and being ok with that, and accepting me. I hope that in me finding that, you can find the truth syrum for you..
Production By: Father Focus Confucius (M.D.M.) Chris Faeth (M.D.M.) High Fly Beats, Cold Air Kids, AllaroundProductions, & Sean Instrumentals.
Contributing Musicians Include: A.r.E.a. , Eclips, & Father Focus Confucius (Of The Cool Kids Committee), Mercenary, Dig Mode, Tyde The Omega, Kennedy Vaaler & Sly & Kawola. Recording Took Place At: Teds Place Studio, & The BatCave.
CD Cover done by FFC
All Artists Wrote There Own Parts In Their Respected Songs
Bandcamp Link For Sodium Amytol (FreeDownload) :
Soundcloud Link For Sodium Amytol:
**For Kalyst' THIRD Release, Kalyst Teamed Up With Father Focus Confucius (FFC) To Bring To You "Kids With Matches" FFC Produced 5 Custom Beats, And Kalyst Laid The Vocals. Available on BandCamp. (Released 5-26-2013)
With Kalyst's third release, M.D.M. Presents: "Kids With Matches", is a Collaborative EP With Focus Confucius Presenting Some Of His Best Beat Work To Date, And Kalyst On The Vocals With Some Of His Most Stripped Down Raw Exposure.
The title track, which has the only feature on the EP with Kennedy Vaaler, is an upbeat, great feeling song. According to Kalyst, this is one of his personal favorite songs to perform live as well.
The second track, entitled "Dear World", addresses Kalyst's parents and grandparents, who raised him. One of the most intimate and revealing songs to date that he has released.
From the out of body experience influenced "Cosmic Travels" to the H.istory O.f R.ock A.nd R.oll, or the track titled H.O.R.A.R., and finishing the EP with "The K Hole", Kids With Matches is a well balanced, classic showing of Kalyst.
Quote from Kalyst On K.W.M.
"The Album Speaks Of Fun, Family, Insanity, Vanity, And The Inner Turmoil That Is Life. It's Not Easy To Live And Not Be Upset With Some Things, It's Even Harder When Your Just A Kid With Some Matches."
Beat Production, CD Cover Art By Focus Confucius. Vocals, Writing, and Final Mixing & Mastering By Kalyst
Bandcamp Link For Kids With Matches (Free Download) :
In between Kids With Matches, and Kalyst' next solo release, the was a formation of a super-group of MC's and Producers from around the globe, and Kalyst was a part of this team. (Team Punx: The Arrival was released Oct. 1st 2013)
Team Punx, started by Minnesota native Josh Punx, contained MC's from around the globe such as: Blaise B. (IL), Rez The SilverBack (NH), Father Focus Confucius (WI), Kalyst (WI), Melvin Junko (UT), eXplain (CO), GM, Young Tuck (UT), Elz Sinatra (NJ), Thesis, Hash Adams (WA), Marcanum X(UT), Darren-G (CA), Diction Uno (OR), Gage Creed (UT), Young Tuck (UT), and More!
Team Punx also contained some of the games best Producers as well, with Andy Macapella (UK), Melvin Junko (UT), Pete Antilles Possible (Germany), FFC (WI), DJ Trickalome (UK), Dcypha (AUS), and more!
With Melvin Junko on the boards, Team Punx released their only project, "TeamPunx Presents: The Arrival". Melvin Junko took raw vocals from every MC, and custom made the production for each individual track. The outcome was a cd held in high regards by hip hop fans globally!
Kalyst's presence on the CD is felt on the second track, entitled "Back to the Rhyme"
LINK FOR TEAM PUNX: THE ARRIVAL ON BANDCAMP:
Kalyst's 4th Studio Release came on November 8th, 2013 in the for of "The Kaliester Krowley Experience", a play off of the English occultist Aleister Crowley.
Half of this cd was recorded and engineered in La Crosse Wisconsin, Kalyst's hometown, and the other half at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. All of the tracks on this cd were engineered by Kalyst.
This CD contains some of Kalyst's best work to date, solo or collaborative wise. With a play on the time of day in the day Kaliester Krowley, the CD starts at 9 a.m. with "The Morning Fuck", featuring fellow MDM label mate and San Diego CA native Keen Senzes. From that track on, the story tells itself.
Kalyst's first release off of this CD was 'So Much", which also has a music video. Shot and directed by Authintik Linen, "So Much" is a song that was written by Kalyst, and appears to be about a girl or relationship, but however, is to music, when things weren't going the way they could have. The beat is produced by Chris Faeth
LINK FOR KALYST'S VIDEO "SO MUCH"
Kalyst's syllable work and growth as an MC is noticed on the track "Alone With You". This song, written shortly after a release from incarceration, was the next step needed in the growth of Kalyst as an MC.
Quote from Kalyst on the song "Alone With You"
"If you can't look at yourself in the mirror and be o.k. with what you really are, and be honest in your self analysis, you have some growth to do."
The Kaliester Krowley Experience also contains some of Kalyst's best collaborative work to date as well. With the 2nd track, titled "Avalanche", Kalyst and fellow MDM label mate A.r.E.a. share a great back and forth chemistry again, as they have done so in the past on tracks such as "Not a Geek", and "In Between". On the track "Determination", Kalyst again teams with A.r.E.a. and Portland Oregon MC, and MDM label mate Joe Cyrus.
As a solo MC, Kalyst shines again on "IDK Ne More", as well as "Mirror on the Wall", a song he recorded in Utah with singer Nicole Molendyk, and produced by Deep North Productions out of Minnesota.
Production on this CD includes: FFC, J-Dilla, Chris Faeth, Deep North Productions, The XX, BeatMakerScampz, & Shuko.
Collaborative MC's Include: A.r.E.a.(MDM, Joe Cyrus (MDM), Keen Senzes (MDM), Tito Kahn (MDM), Authtin Linen )Authintik Linen Productions), Primo (No Sleep), Julica Rose, Nicole Molendyk, & Focus Confucius (MDM)
Bandcamp Link For Kaliester Krowley Experience (Free Download) :
Soundcloud Link For Kaliester Krowley Experience (Free Download) :
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