From artists like KYLE to D.R.A.M., the intersection of music and gaming is now hotter than ever! Sony Music has just launched their newest imprint, “Lost Rings”: a label that focuses on the bridging of music and the gaming industry. With this launch, 3 new artists have emerged that are reinventing how you interact with both games and music!
BlackKrystel is a veteran cosplayer, longtime gamer, and overall geek girl—check out what she had to tell Quirktastic about her journey as a geek, and how she became one of the elite 3 of Lost Rings:
Tell us about yourself!
I’m a content creator/ influencer from New York, in addition to being an avid gamer and cosplayer. Not only do I work with Mainline Esports as Assistant Producer, I’m also a Contributor and Brand Manager for The Game Fanatics.
You’ll always peep me spending most of my time being an Otaku, whether it’s at home with my guitar, or weebing out at conventions. I was the host of ESPN’s Collegiate League Championship show “The CEC Countdown”, and am part of the music collective called Geeklife.
Tell us a little bit about Lost Rings!
Lost Rings is an imprint of Sony Music. It is more than just a label; it’s a space for geek creatives to make music that speaks to nerd culture. Bunny and Sunzi come from the same space as I, and it’s so awesome to have a platform like Lost Rings to support us in our craft.
How did you become a part of Lost Rings?
I was in the process of creating a podcast and Columbia found out about it. We had a couple of meetings, and I learned about their most recent project and their interest to enter the geek space.
One of the things we talked about was musical acts at gaming events, and how they pose a unique challenge—I mean, who could forget the Overwatch Grand Finals performance? I knew [that] if I was going to do this, I wanted to do it right. So when we decided to move forward with the Lost Rings project, I was excited to know that authenticity was [their] top priority.
When did you realize you wanted to be a musical artist?
Being a musical artist was always a dream of mine. Throughout grade school I had lead roles in multiple musicals and singing competitions. In college I was VP of our all-female acapella group; when I wasn’t studying Japanese, I would facilitate jam sessions on campus and constantly arrange acoustic covers of songs to perform at open mics. Music has always been a part of my life and I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to follow my passions.
How has your journey as a creative been like so far?
My journey as a creative is a wild one for sure, full of ups and downs. But now I feel like I am finally at a place where all of my passions are merging into one—and this isn’t even my final form! From homemade Youtube videos to working as an assistant producer for ESPN’s Collegiate Esports Competition, I’ve been able to explore my creativity [both] in front of the camera and behind, and this is just the start.
How did you come up with your stage name?
I’ve been going by BlackKrystel as my Gamertag for 11 years, so it only made sense to use it as my stage name. The Krystel comes from me being a big fan of Starfox Adventures as a kid, so I decided to make the female protagonist’s name—Krystal—my own.
How would you describe your sound? (music wise)
My sound right now is pretty alternative, pop/house. I love the tracks that stay true to the electronic sound but have so much soul in the melodies. Eventually, I want to explore the many cross sections of music.
Would you describe yourself as a Blerd/Geek of Color? If so, tell us about your experience in the nerd community!
It’s obvious, I wear my Blerd colors proud. Being an outcast in life, the nerd community was the only place that I fit in—but it wasn’t easy at first. As a geek of color and a female, I’m constantly bombarded with opposition, often being denied my “nerd card” simply because of my race and gender.
Many people find it difficult to accept that women can be a part of nerd culture organically, although many females are the very creators of the culture we obsess over. Yet my experience in the nerd community is one I would never trade. I was able to find my tribe, across the globe, that holds no bounds and [who] would ride for me before even meeting in person.
I use my space to welcome all ages and walks of life in the geek world. I want to be the role model I wish I had when entering the nerd space for others like myself, looking for a place to belong.
What fandoms are you in?
For fandoms you’ll find it quite difficult to beat me in some Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, and Disney trivia. The “big three” game fandoms for me are: Kingdom Hearts, Overwatch, and Dead or Alive. I subscribe to too many anime fandoms to mention.
What’s the most exciting thing about being a part of fandom culture right now?
The most exciting thing about being a part of fandom culture now is that it isn’t taboo anymore. I feel we as a community aren’t scared to show off our colors proud now.
Why do you think it’s important to have representation in these communities (fandom, alternative, gamer, etc.), especially in today’s pop culture climate?
Because today’s pop culture climate is so social media focused, it’s extremely important to have representation in these internet based communities. Now, it’s so common to see kids as young as 6 or 7 exposed to media online— it’s crucial that they see someone that mirrors their walk of life, someone they can relate to, someone to aspire to that goes against the mold, someone to show them it’s okay to be different. Personally, there’s nothing better than seeing a character look like me in a game. I feel like I could even be the hero.
What are your personal favorite music genres?
I’m a weird one; I love all types of genres really, just depending on my mood. I go from House to Metalcore, & Hip-hop. My library on shuffle is a rollercoaster (anime openings included). I love artists like Nujabes, Disclosure, Brockhampton, Goldlink and Kaytranada, but some of my favorite bands are Tricot, Anberlin, The 1975, and Twenty One Pilots.
What’s the most exciting thing about being a part of this new imprint of Sony Music?
The most exciting thing about working with Lost Rings is how much they want me to make music that reflects who I am. They constantly encourage me to create music that resonates with the geek world that I’m apart of, and I hope people can see themselves in the art that I create.
What are some fun things we should keep an eye out for from you and Lost Rings?
“Party Up” isn’t the only track in the works, so you can expect a lot more music in the future from BlackKrystel and Lost Rings. And streams! Lots of streams!
How can fans support you?
I always appreciate all the love on Instagram, so chat with me in my comments! But when I’m not working, I’m streaming! The best way to support me is to swing by my Twitch channel and hang out with the crew during one of my live streams; you can ask about our dope discord server in chat! twitch.tv/blackkrystel
When does your album/single/etc. Release?
“Party Up” is out now on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, Soundcloud and Amazon Music.
Describe yourself in one word?
Follow BlackKrystel and Lost Rings on the social media channels below! And watch BlackKrystel’s first MV “Party Up” below!
- Lost Rings: https://www.instagram.com/LostRingsOfficial/
- BlackKrystel – https://www.instagram.com/blackkrystel/?hl=en
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