RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LA ARTIST KELLY PHOENIX
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
Ever since I was kid, I knew I wanted to be an Entertainer. I remember watching videos of Michael Jackson, Prince, Janet Jackson, Freddie Mercury and I would study their dance moves over and over until I couldn’t anymore. I was fascinated by the way they expressed themselves and how their image changed from one concept to the next. I found that extremely exciting and this is what I want to do with my music. I’ve always wanted to make music but ever since I moved to Los Angeles 4 years ago it became clear to me that I wanted to make music for a living.
Introduce us you and your musical history?
I grew up in Paris and lived there until I was 18. My dad introduced me to Rnb/Soul, Jazz, Brazilian music and my mother to pop music. I started dancing at the age of 8 and began singing on the LA club scene over 3 years ago. I am very excited to finally release a lot of original music this year.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
The one question that tends to annoy me is “what kind of music do you make?” It’s the toughest question to answer because I love switching and changing genres from project to project. I want to represent as many styles of music through my albums and songs. When you look at some of the greatest albums of all time whether it be Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Beatles or George Michael, or Prince, you’ll find a gospel song, a rock song, an Rnb song, a soulful ballad, an instrumental track, a dance track. I really want my music to be as diverse as possible I don’t like labels.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I take them with a grain of salt as I believe a lot of them are folklore but I do believe that when you can break away from what a society or a capitalistic society like the United States tries to imprint on our minds, bodies and souls and that you can somehow live by your own rules without hurting or harming anyone then that’s the way to a good life. I do believe that people at the head of the biggest companies in the world are very happy with people being sheep and don’t like disruptors. I consider myself and any authentic artist to be disruptors.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Not that I can think of, I’m very careful with what I invest my time and money into.
What useless party trick do you have?
Next question lol
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
A few weeks ago, I joined some incredible musicians on stage for a totally improvised blues and funk jam, it was so liberating and exciting to create songs right then and there. I love getting lost in the moment, to feel the emotion rising through song and dance and pure stage presence. The stage is where I like to be the most. I could sleep on stage.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I premiered two new songs including “No Mistake” on my birthday on February 25th and while rehearsal went great, during the show, the sound engineer kept messing with the effects applied to my voice which really threw me off even though I still went with it. Those are the kind of things that happen, unfortunately.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
Probably the fact that I am trilingual and speak French and German fluently. I am a pescatarian/vegan and I love all things related to spirituality.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
A soul rock black and gold Phoenix that preaches peace and love for planet earth
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I believe the fact that I am versatile, can sing and dance and have a lot of creative ideas where I would blend my film and music influences to produce exciting and diverse worlds through short films and powerful and visually evocative performances.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
How selfish and unsensitive people can be. I think what stems or causes most of the issues in the world today is the fact that people only think about themselves. What will make a difference is if we start thinking of all of us as a collective. Don’t get me wrong it’s important to look after your best interests as a human being but if we don’t worry about the collective, our end will come quicker than we think.
What’s your favorite song to play live and why?
A favorite song of mine to play live is “No Mistake”, there is so much energy in that guitar solo, I feel like I can release so much on it. I have a new song called “Black Magic Spell” coming out next month, I can’t wait to perform that one.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
My new single “No Mistake” is me diving into my Alternative/80s Rock influences. That song just begged to be born out of a disappointing romantic experience I went through that made me realize all the unfortunately negative aspects of the relationship which didn’t allow me to be my true self. My upcoming EP, which seems is turning into an LP due in the summer or fall is an album about transformation, reinvention, rebirth and the lonely and painful journey it can be.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Song creation is a very spiritual process for me. When it happens it comes without warning, it’s like a gift from God, it falls onto your lap and it’s all a matter whether you are willing to embrace the moment or not. I was going through a lot of emotions as of late and I realized that the more I didn’t translate it into song the more hurt and depressed I would be. Creating songs is literal therapy for me and the best way to translate my pain into a positive.
What was the recording process like?
It was a long process of getting the vocals and instruments right but the songwriting itself was very straightforward and organic.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Well, as an artist you are consistently growing/evolving/trying to be better and more authentic in every given moment. The biggest learning curve has been to try to make the songs and hooks as catchy as possible while maintaining the personal touch that comes with it. If the song is not right, not a lot of people will like it and you have to do something that makes you feel great but that also inspires the listener or gives them a certain emotion they can feed off of.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I’m a perfectionist and I’m never satisfied. the song could always be better. There is an extended version coming out soon with some really cool extra elements but I worked very hard on it and I hope people can tell and will enjoy the song for what it is. I am extremely thankful to all the people involved who made this song so great.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
To keep releasing music, concept albums, short films, and perform more consistently. I have many dreams and I intend on making them come true.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I think we went over a lot of things here but I’d like to say that I hope whoever ends up listening to my music can relate to it to some extent and I hope that I can make a difference with my artistic expression. I thank all the people that buy into my art and vibe and can’t wait to rock n roll together.