We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Siebenga and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aaron, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
When you live life as an artist I think you ask yourself that question daily. I always go back to the fact that it’s who I am. My life has been built around music. My hobbies, and free time go to some music related activity, my brain has been trained to think of words that rhyme or work on the last line I wrote down. To quit would be to kill a piece of who I am.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I go by the stage name Krosst Out, I’m a New-Alternative artist from a small town in Ontario called Campbellford. Growing up I had a rock n roll Dad that influenced me with Rush, Led Zeppelin and The Clash. Then as a teen I had metalhead friends while I simultaneously got into hip hop. The more I grew as an artist the more I started fusing everything together, creating a sound of Alternative, Grunge, Punk and Hip Hop. Live instrumentation with trap or hip hop elements, and my vocals that centre around hip hop but bring the abruptness of rock and metal aswell.

It’s not easy being an artist, you open yourself up to criticisms both online and in real life. You learn to develop a thick skin and although artists are sensitive about their art I think their confident in who they are. That helps you get through the day. Ultimately though is the driving force of “how much do you want it?” are you ok with being poor? are you ok giving up your nights and weekends to create? There’s a lot that goes into being an artist. But the rewards out way the risks in my opinion and that’s how you over come the challenges.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m going off of where I base myself which is Toronto, Campbellford is not a hot spot for “best times ever”.

There’s great food so we would have to hit up Kinka, maybe The Cocktail Bar for a night. See a show at Lee’s Palace, cross over to the Toronto Islands, end up bar hopping in the east end which doesn’t get enough love in my opinion. You have to get the Toronto brunch experience so Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is on the list. Show them Toronto’s Dundas Square. Honestly Toronto is so big, I still haven’t done or seen everything it has to offer but those are some ideas.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is like those award speeches where you want to shout everyone but always end up forgetting people. The people I collaborate with are crucial, Xstitch, Taabu, Melotika to name a few. Their people I spitball ideas out to and give me honest feedback.

My crew of supporters from all over that love hearing what I’m working on and who want to hear the demos but are also just there in the corner rooting for me.

All the people who stream my music come to my shows are my inspiration.

Website: http://www.krosstoutmusic.com

Instagram: @krosstoutmusic

Twitter: @krosstoutmusic

Youtube: Krosst Out

Other: I do Tik Tok: @krosstout

Image Credits
Photos by: Jordy Clarke The Bands Around Town Tavish Kincaid Hang 6ix Nicolas Bondu

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