Oakland, CA

Studio Owner Uses Small Label To Foster Connection, Creativity, And Collaboration

Vince Martellacci

Kyle Boydstun knows the importance of cultivating your network and helping those in it succeed as you succeed. When I met him three years ago, he had enjoyed the distinction of drumming for The San Francisco 49ers and thanked Blue Devils Entertainment. He mentions them again as we catch back up: “I grew up playing music. I did band all of grade school. In high school I started drumming for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors–thanks Blue Devils Entertainment. That experience performing for such a large operation gave me some insight of how important all of the behind the scenes effort really has an effect on something we consume so fluidly.”

Kyle Boydstun

Now, Kyle runs a small studio and record label out of Oakland. Family Tie Records truly is a vision of collaboration and community. Kyle shares a bit about what he’s built: “Family Tie Records really built its roster once the pandemic had hit and I started recording artists in my home studio.” It all came together very organically, and very quickly. Kyle goes on, “Someone new was coming in every week, and with them came their team or friends, whoever. This included photographers, designers, and other talents.”

Kyle focuses on building a collaborative and close-knit network as both his business strategy and his approach to life: “It was those people with non-musical talents that got me really thinking about building a list of people we can call on when we need something.” And it has paid off in spades. His professional approach, experience beyond his years, and genuine personality kept bringing artists back, and he’s grateful: “It was mostly the artists themselves that I owe all credit to for making Family Tie Records real. They were the ones that were loyal and came back for more sessions, they were the ones giving me the experience and their trust in their art. Their belief in me turned into giving advice further than just the music.”

Kyle also produces his own music as a hobby but admits, “if I am being completely honest with myself, my dream is to perform my own original music full-time.” He plans to return to releasing again in 2023. He’s happy as long as he’s making music and moving toward great things. He reflects, “I’m also spending a lot of time teaching music production and percussion at various schools in the bay area, which I am very passionate about. Would I want to be fully behind the scenes? Maybe. I think if I found a place for myself there that satisfied the needs of my lifestyle, then, sure.”

But if Kyle gets there, he won’t get there alone. He’s not just trying to get rich; he’s trying to build something sustainable for him and his people. He says it simply and says it best: “The vision is a community. The hope is prosperity.”

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I've covered stories of unknown immigrants from places like Cambodia, been an opinion editor and opinion blog writer, managed blogs for my own businesses & for other brands. I'm looking forward to getting back to more classical journalism.

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