Sophomore Kylar Kuzio has recently wrapped up recording a collection of her songs. She burned them onto CDs, and said she hopes to put them on a digital platform soon.
Though Kuzio majors in biology and hopes to join the medical or forensic field music stays a part of her life. She currently does shows and gigs around the Midwest, usually at bars or restaurants.
Kuzio’s musical journey began as a child in grade school. She started singing with students who were performing on instruments and needed a vocal accompaniment. She enjoyed it so much she decided to learn the guitar herself.
Kuzio’s dad had a guitar he never used. He told his children whoever learned how to play it first could have it. Kuzio’s older brother — her senior by many years — was the only real competition, and already singing gigs regularly. But with motivation and persistence, she put in the effort, learned to play, and won the instrument.
That was only the beginning. She also learned to play the violin.
“It was a very difficult and unrewarding,: she said “and I eventually got discouraged. I almost wanted to give up.”
But she didn’t, and now she is an accomplished violinist.
Kuzio wrote her first song in 7th grade during music week at her school. Although she said the song is mediocre in hindsight, she treasures it as her first piece and one that resonates with that stage of life, as the song was about her social struggles with girls her age.
“Life sucks when you’re in middle school,” Kuzio said.
Since then, she has returned to the school to perform the song, considering it an opportunity to connect with girls in the age group.
While Kuzio’s artistic talent includes visuals arts, music runs in the family.
“I was inspired by my siblings,” she said. “They had been doing shows since the time I was little.”
In addition, Ed Sheeran has been one of the biggest influences on her work. Though she would certainly enjoy it if music were to become a profession for her, she said she recognizes that the musical world is competitive and overflowing with other people trying to do the same thing.
“Though I wouldn’t turn down opportunities if they came my way, I keep realistic expectations,” she said. “I don’t plan on giving up on music, though. I enjoy it too much for that.”
Both friends and family admire Kuzio’s personality, in addition to her musical talent.
“She’s very bubbly and personable, and you see the same things in friendship with her,” said freshman Annette Nguyen, a close friend and classmate. “Her musicality shows through her personality.”
Kuzio’s father, Paul, praised as well.
“I like that Kylar is humble and reserved,” he said. “She doesn’t think she’s all that.”
However, her father said he does not believe her humility comes at the cost of her musical talent.
“She could play for four hours from memory up on stage, and you’d never hear the same song twice,” he said. “She’s shy in person, but once she gets on stage, she comes to life.”
Kuzio said she strives to improve at songwriting and plans on performing after a break from music.
“Last school term, I stopped doing shows almost completely,” she said. “This year I’m getting back into it, and I’m glad of it.”