There's A New Kyd In Town

By Frank Peebles on September 19 2016

Ani Kyd has always been bigger than her surroundings. When she lived in the Lower Mainland, she was always the brashy and brassy one even in the flashy punk and metal scenes where she was a star.

But what is the lauded B.C. rocker girl doing living the quiet domestic life in Hixon? Simple: first she fell in love with a Hixon guy, then she fell in love with the Hixon hamlet. There is a rich population of performers in the Omineca- Cariboo, but few with her experience in touring, project managing albums and videos and other cornerstones of a rock career.

Almost immediately she was asked to perform on local stages and conduct free workshops to teach the details of her trade. You don’t have to become an accountant, she said, but you do have to seriously delve into your industry. Get a working knowledge of organizations like SOCAN, FACTOR, the BC Arts Council and other support agencies. And you have to meet other musicians, other artists of all kinds, and get to know them. They are your support, but you are also theirs.

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“It doesn’t matter what your profession, you must contribute to your community, be a helper, because your community contributes to you,” she said. “Crossover in the arts is important – helping and showing respect for other kinds of artists. Music is helped if musicians partner with painters and makeup artists and photographers and filmmakers. If everyone helps everyone, you cease to be disconnected hands and legs and heads, you become a body.”

A lot demands the squishing of your performer’s ego, she said, in order to focus on practical goals. It means doing work.

“If you want to be a three-chord punk band, you do not need to learn how to read music, but if you want to be a session player or a member of the symphony, you have to study charts.”

Kyd has been involved in film projects in the most recent of times, but she is working on a new album - her first as a northerner.

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