Hugh Twyman’s First/Last: Ky Vöss

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Ky Vöss

By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer

Ky Vöss is an electronic producer and musician who’s music steers more towards dream pop than techno as you can hear on the debut album Space Cadet, released this past May. Recently transplanted from Texas to Pittsburgh, Vöss is making a dent in the local music scene and will be participating this year in the stacked New Years Eve bash at Spirit Lodge in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, December 31st, along with Diane Coffee, Jellyfish, SPISH, Ramon Yancey III, SWEAT, and Cobainish. Admission to the show includes free pizza. Yes, free pizza. I want to thank Ky for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
To be real, I think it was an album by a Christian band that I was super into at the time, and that will haunt me forever. I’m hesitant and embarrassed to even say who it was, let’s leave it at that.

Your last album bought?
Soy Christmas, Spent (debut EP from 2016, so good.)

Favorite album of all time?
Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago. I’ve listened to the track “re: Stacks” probably more than other song in the world.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
I honestly have no idea and feel shitty talking about it, ha-ha.

First concert attended?
Honestly? Probably Celtic Women, circa 2006.

Last concert?
Nils Frahm. Life altering.

Favorite concert ever?
…Nils Frahm.

Least favorite concert?
Skillet, 2012.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
I love that there seems to be more of an experimental electronic scene here than I’m used to. The music scene is very intimate and everyone is connected to everyone and (generally) so supportive of one another. I feel like competition in local music scenes is usually inevitable in some way or another, but I really don’t feel that energy here at all.

I think my favorite musical experience here so far was probably playing the Childlike Empress album release show at Babyland. It was just such a beautiful night with so many cute friends, hot toddies, and good music. I come from (what was, in my experience) a much less wholesome background, musically, so it has been just so incredible to reassociate playing shows with good people and good memories instead of just a fuck ton drugs, bad decisions and beer soaked sneakers.

Hugh’s Take: Thanks, Ky. I am thrilled that you already feel a strong support system here in Pittsburgh. That is an amazing thing I have been able to witness for the past several years as I document the scene. Artists helping artists, not cutting teach other down, is plentiful here.

Hugh Twyman (AKA HughShows) has been documenting the Pittsburgh music scene since 2004. His website ( features a comprehensive Pittsburgh Concert Calendar, episodes of HughShowsTV, a newly launched public Pittsburgh music database, exclusive audio streams from local bands, thousands of his concert photos and his trademark First/Last interview series.

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