Artist Spotlight - KAYE


(Photo Credit - Deborah Farnau)

KAYE formerly of San Fermin has a unique sound that's all her own. She is able to mix alt and electronic pop to make something that instantly hooks you. Be sure to check out her music, including her new single "Closer Than This". But first, check out our Artist Spotlight feature!

1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it? "I started playing classical piano when I was 6, then picked up guitar once I heard Nirvana and Weezer. Been at it since then." 2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music? "It's different with every song. Sometimes it will literally be a random melody that enters my head as I'm riding the subway and I have to immediately make a public voice memo of it so I don't forget it. Other times, I have lyrics pre-written and work at creating a melody from that, or it starts with a beat in Logic."

3. What artists have inspired you in your career?

"Rufus Wainwright. Sufjan Stevens. Joan Jett. Heart. Jeff Buckley. Fiona Apple. Bowie. Artists who build worlds to get lost in." 4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them? "I love my ZVEX Fuzz Factory pedal. Nothing else I've found sounds quite like it—it produces this fuzz that's pinched and stabby and sounds like your guitar is short-circuiting or about to explode. But it's really difficult to dial in a consistent tone because it reacts differently with every amp, every room, and it has so many parameters with its knobs. It's like dating that sexy guy who's also maddeningly unreliable." 5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show? "I'm most excited about this show at the Sultan Room this Saturday because I feel like it combines everything I love into one world. There are definitely going to be some wild moments. I try to leave people with an experience to relive when they wake up the next morning." 6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?

"This is such a volatile industry, and it's changing every second. I've stopped being attached to the outcome and I've just decided to make whatever I want, on my terms only. So if people connect with it, great—if not, it's okay because I made it for me. I'm never going to stop making stuff." 7. Can you tell us about the writing, recording, and promotion process of your new single "Closer Than This”?

""Closer Than This" was born out of an experience I had where I stayed in touch with this person over the course of many months, where we had this pseudo-relationship that mostly existed through our phones. Neither of us were in a place to actually open up emotionally, but we had this simulation of emotional connection and intimacy that really threw me. It got me thinking about the ways in which we keep each other at arms length out of self preservation and fear of vulnerability—but can somehow still have a lot of fun with it at the same time. With the video, Liann and I wanted to create this haunting, sensual dream world inspired by Fiona Apple's "Criminal" video—where all these guys are essentially my playthings; existing only for my pleasure in the way that a lot of women exist only as objects for male pleasure in hip hop videos. We wanted to flip the stereotype and show a powerful woman in control instead. Women can be fuckboys too."


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