I have taken another swan dive into an artists' life. Last week I didn't know the difference between Kyla la Grange and the lady with the straw hat walking her two 'purse sized' pups. Now I know that Kyla exists in the world of music, where the landscape will accept her because she influences the boundaries to sprawl outward. Read on and see that we have ourselves a Special K; mountains above the cereal, we have Special Kyla (corny meter has reached max).
Me: First off Kyla if I were doing this interview face-to-face what could we expect to see you strolling around wearing? A wrist filled with meaningful/meaningless bracelets? Any tattoos?
Kyla: Probably an oversized T-shirt masquerading as a dress. One tattoo - it's a boat.
Me: To get to know you better did you / do you attend college? What was your direction of study and did you find studies in your life to help you in music per-say? Is music what defines you or do you have other aspirations?
Kyla: Yes I did - I've got a degree in Philosophy. I loved it - I was so interested in what I was studying. I don't think studying philosophy helped me with music, though I suppose it made me a little wiser (I hope), but being at university itself did - it was the first time I went out with my guitar and started playing my own songs. I don't think music is what defines me, in as much as it's hard to say any one thing defines a person. But music certainly is hugely important to me, and even if I couldn't make a career out of it I would always write songs.
Me: In five years where would you want music to have taken Kyla la Grange? Have you realized there aren't limits to what you as an artist can do?
Kyla: I would like to have finished my third album, have played some amazing festivals and venues around the world, and most of all, to feel proud of and happy with what I had created.
Me: If you could pick any venue in the world to perform at where would it be? Would you have a band open for you? If so what band would that be?
Kyla: There's so much to choose from, I just don't know. I love the idea of performing somewhere that isn't necessarily designed as a venue, like a big cave or on top of a cliff. Something like that would be wonderful. As for who would open for me, there are so many artists I love and admire but to relegate them to my opening slot seems very patronizing! Some of my favorite artists are Cat Power, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, The National, Band of Horses, Jacob Golden....I could go on.
Me: To quote almost famous, do you have to be in love to write a love song? Do you have to be sad to write a sad song? In general what inspires you to write your music?
Kyla: I've only ever written one love song, and I don't play it anymore.
I think I can only write when I am sad, or at the very least wracked with worry.....that's the best time to write. It's the best kind of misery, when you can create something out of it. I rely on being able to write to save me from sitting in a dark corner doing nothing when I am unhappy. That's the motivation - but the inspiration for the song can come from anywhere.
Me: With your first single being released Walk Through Walls are there plans for a first album?
Kyla: Absolutely. The first album is already written, and about three-quarters recorded. Watch this space...