Kyle Bobby Dunn

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Seems like there is no thread for this guy, who is probably my favorite ambient artist this side of Stars of the Lid. He went quiet for a few years but he just released a new album, From Here to Eternity, clocking in at a mere three hours.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 3 May 2019 15:58 (two years ago) link

i like this guy
thanks for starting this thread
didn't know about the new one, will check it out

alpine static, Friday, 3 May 2019 17:19 (two years ago) link

It's very good indeed. And yes, his work's quite excellent.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 3 May 2019 17:22 (two years ago) link

And if people want to take a plunge

Ned Raggett, Friday, 3 May 2019 17:24 (two years ago) link

oh nice didn't know there was a new one

bring me the head is one of my fav ambient records

ciderpress, Friday, 3 May 2019 21:47 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

something not great is happening around KBD:

We have been made aware of disparaging and hateful comments by Kyle Dunn, an artist on PITP. We have spoken with him and every artist on our roster to clarify that we do not stand by this type of behavior. PITP will no longer be working with him.

— Past Inside the Present (@Pastinside) July 3, 2019

it's hard to figure out what, exactly. but his tweets are worrisome.

alpine static, Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:34 (two years ago) link

I think if I committed suicide tonight I’d say some of you have been great but most of you have been truly awful and I only see our future on this planet getting worse and worse with every passing sad second.

— KYLEBOBBYDUNN (@kylebobbydunn) July 4, 2019


Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:41 (two years ago) link

Sorry, you already linked to that... That doesn't seem worthy of being ditched by his label though?

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:41 (two years ago) link

yeah that's presumably about something else

Simon H., Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:43 (two years ago) link

He posted that well after the label posted their thing ... and after he fired back at the label and other artists (Pioulard, Irisarri, etc.)

Interesting to see Matt Mondanile replying there basically saying "don't be deterred by loser bullies on the internet" ... weird.

Whatever the label is reacting to, I haven't been able to find.

alpine static, Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:52 (two years ago) link

A brief twitter query shows it's about alleged harassment :-/

tbqh he should apply that abiding stillness towards his compulsive harassment of women

— the discourse sommelier (@funnierhandle) June 1, 2019


Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:53 (two years ago) link

And another thread/convo:

Kyle Bobby Dunn has been confronted privately on multiple occasions. This only went public after several incidents where he lashed out and became abusive in those settings. The email @pioulard posted is very indicative of how he usually responds.

— yung odell (@koreasuicide) July 4, 2019

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:56 (two years ago) link

I wouldn't normally post a personal email but I feel that this -- a response to the above -- will serve as some validation that KBD has a problem.

— Thomas Meluch (@pioulard) July 4, 2019

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:57 (two years ago) link

he tweeted some really horrible shit about sarah davachi the other day (and then quickly deleted it). garbage behaviour but he doesn't sound well at all, hope he gets some help soon

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:12 (two years ago) link

kbd major abuser/creep

flopson, Thursday, 4 July 2019 18:22 (two years ago) link

What did he do?

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:06 (two years ago) link

whoa hold up he was talking shit about sarah davachi????

Vape Store (crüt), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:12 (two years ago) link

I was not prepared for this Dunn-Pioulard-Davachi beef

Vape Store (crüt), Thursday, 4 July 2019 22:14 (two years ago) link

kbd major abuser/creep

― flopson, Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:22 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

You can't drop this without any explanation :-/

Idk, it just hits hard when you're unaware and you suddenly see Benoit P., the label and others ditching him.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:00 (two years ago) link

well it’s not really my place to drop details, afaik none of his accusers have gone public; i heard it all through whisper network. but he sexually harassed a bunch of ppl and aggressively spazzes at anyone who calls him out on it, on social media or in dm or irl

flopson, Friday, 5 July 2019 02:26 (two years ago) link

i preordered his new record about a month ago, had no idea about anything. the 'whisper network' stuff doesn't mean much to me, but the people who have already posted stuff is enough for me.

Yeah tell that to your whole country lame fuck

— KYLEBOBBYDUNN (@kylebobbydunn) July 3, 2019

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Friday, 5 July 2019 02:36 (two years ago) link

whisper network usually knows about creepy dudes


I’ve written about the music of K*le B*bby D*nn in the past but that stopped immediately after I heard he was committing acts of sexual misconduct, stalking women, and sending people death threats. I hope the consequences he’s experiencing now will inspire him to get proper help.

— Jesse Locke (@wipeoutbeat) July 4, 2019

flopson, Friday, 5 July 2019 06:08 (two years ago) link

whoa hold up he was talking shit about sarah davachi????

from memory he tweeted something like 'sarah davachi has been harrassing me for years and tried to make me have sex with her in front of her boyfriend'

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Friday, 5 July 2019 06:22 (two years ago) link

Oh man I didn’t know any of that. Literally listening to one of his albums right this minute as I clicked on this thread. I’m not seeing specific references / accusations around sexual misconduct but certainly what he said to Thomas Meluch is super shitty and despicable. At the same time he seems to be in a low place... this sucks.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 5 July 2019 07:25 (two years ago) link

I spoke to him on the phone today and I'm going to keep speaking to him.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 5 July 2019 08:33 (two years ago) link

you're a good man fgti <3

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Friday, 5 July 2019 08:45 (two years ago) link

Yes, what Nick said <3

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 5 July 2019 08:52 (two years ago) link

Well sheesh. Everybody is like "hope he gets the help he needs" but like regardless if he's an abusive creep or if he's an innocent victim of a stupid whisper campaign, or something more complex, (or something way simpler i.e. depressive alcoholism), "the help he needs" is going to be easier to achieve with direct communication and support, not all these public statements of distancing.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 5 July 2019 09:03 (two years ago) link

Major kudos fgti, you're a quality human being.

pomenitul, Friday, 5 July 2019 09:18 (two years ago) link

"the help he needs" is going to be easier to achieve with direct communication and support, not all these public statements of distancing.

for sure, and i love your compassionate pragmatism here. and you're not putting yourself in an easy situation cos there's a chance you're going to get caught up in a whirlpool of shit basically, and that takes some bravery, so props (and hugs) 2 u

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Friday, 5 July 2019 09:27 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

A track from ...Infinite Sadness just came on and damn it was beautiful. But it was accompanied by a mildly disorienting tweak of shame and I wondered if anything had come of the stuff that surfaced last year?

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Thursday, 20 February 2020 13:09 (one year ago) link

It's not my place to divulge what actually happened, but Dunn isn't blameless in any way, nor does he claim to be, and he seems to be making positive changes. Infinite Sadness is a gorgeous record!

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 21 February 2020 01:26 (one year ago) link

I feel grubby for asking, given this is a public forum, but there it is. Thank you for the update.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Friday, 21 February 2020 09:52 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

This doesn't sound good:

FYI there is an arrest warrant for him after he fled the country, skipping out on a court date for a domestic violence charge + repeated allegations of sexual assault from multiple people. As ACAB as I am this dude needs a heavy book thrown at him, DM me for more info.

— jonah hill blues explosion (@_neonlichter) December 9, 2020

toby, Sunday, 13 December 2020 10:04 (eleven months ago) link


A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 13 December 2020 12:59 (eleven months ago) link

five months pass...

I've met Kyle in person and can confirm he is indeed a very troubled person and a creep. People like him need to be held more accountable for their actions. He's not someone you should be around or be associated with. Seriously, steer clear from him.

Tilden Katz, Saturday, 22 May 2021 01:15 (six months ago) link

noted. :(

Karl Malone, Saturday, 22 May 2021 01:27 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

I have had several horrible encounters with Kyle which have involved some legal action in Canada. He seems to prey on his fans through social media, in particlar women and I want to warn them to please please stay away. He will manipulate and use people for money and places to stay. No idea where he is these days, but please stay safe.
DM if you need any help or support or further evidence.

logic, Sunday, 25 July 2021 00:04 (four months ago) link

the contrast between the way the music sounds and the tales of its creator is darkly comic

beard papa, Sunday, 25 July 2021 04:10 (four months ago) link

Ugh. Hope you're doing better now, logic, and thanks for spreading the word.

pomenitul, Sunday, 25 July 2021 09:16 (four months ago) link


eisimpleir (crüt), Sunday, 25 July 2021 14:45 (four months ago) link

I haven't commented on this thread since it started, before news first broke, and I really should, though I've taken everything on board over time. Per beard papa (though I can't say I see the comedy now), definitely a contrast. I will say that in various emails with him -- again, before the news broke, and he reached out to me first -- he was absolutely desperate for coverage of his work, not quite near constant messaging or anything but he saw it as almost the end goal, it seemed. That may sound like many artists but I bring this up to note that he was beyond just about any other musician I can think of in that regard in my own personal experience. What it means I don't know. I have long since deleted his work from my collections and haven't been tempted to return.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 July 2021 16:14 (four months ago) link

yeah bad post on my part there… certainly don’t intend to make light of anyone’s harrowing experiences with the guy by saying it’s funny or anything. I just find it ironically surreal given the tranquil nature of the music itself. I guess it makes sense, though that someone in turmoil would maybe seek refuge in making as well as listening to this style of music. which also could explain why he is/was so prolific.

beard papa, Sunday, 25 July 2021 17:51 (four months ago) link

Labels, musicians, basically anybody would be taking a serious risk taking him on and working with him. He relies on his music for an income, and I feel real bad for the labels that had to cut ties with him and the ones that worked with him in the past (some of his works were triple vinyl releases, which by the way is extremely expensive and costly to put together and release). he wouldn't think twice burning bridges with someone who is a big fan of his music, and it's really really scary how many people he's just simply cut off, stalked, abused, lashed out at etc.. I've heard second hand from several people who follow him on bandcamp and have recieved very odd, very troubling, emotional blackmailing emails to buy any physical releases of his music from his BC page. He really could not care less how long you've been a fan or how much you like his music, he just wants money for it. So I plead for anyone who happens to read this thread to turn away from him if you're making plans to meet him. Just don't do it.

And with regards to what Ned said in the few posts above this one, I'm not suprised to hear him want his music covered so badly. He's extremely self centered. Which is sad to hear especially in that genre of music, you wouldn't think an arist who makes that kind of music would rely so much on prestige and money.

Josto, Sunday, 25 July 2021 22:38 (four months ago) link

I second what Josto has said. He is an unsafe individual to be around. I've had first hand experience getting the authorities involved several times and it was a really harrowing experience that has been difficult to process.
I've heard from reliable sources that multiple people have restraining orders against him and who knows what else. He is also banned from performing in multiple venues in his city due to his stalking and malicious behaviour, alot of it targeted specifically towards women.
He may be in turmoil like beard papa has stated, but that is no excuse for the abuse he has inflicted on so many people.

logic, Monday, 26 July 2021 01:24 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

Just a friendly reminder to stay away from Kyle Bobby Dunn. Anyone in the Montréal area, anywhere in Canada, or any other part of the world should not make plans to meet him. Not sure where's hiding but please take these warnings seriously. He's a very unstable individual.

Josto, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:43 (two weeks ago) link

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