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Interview with Kaysien
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I knew I wanted to work with music from a young age. An Artistic family sowed that seed and as time passed on I came to realize just how deep Music runs in me. I dream of songs, lyrics, and grooves, I catch myself humming original melodies often without realizing it, I feel the rhythm in my body and I can visualize instruments, sounds, and frequencies! It’s a calling underpinned by my intention to lift people up. If I hadn’t gotten into music perhaps I would have worked as a healer in some capacity, the two share a similar lineage.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I usually read, sketch, go for walks, listen to other music and, most recently, enter into philosophical conversations. Although these activities may not directly influence my creativity, they help to nurture it making it easier to tap into at will.
How long have you been making music?
Since before I was born!
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
I’m based in London. It’s a very grey city and can be a bit murky. This pushes me even more to write uplifting, soothing, and energetic music. There’s also an underlying conflict for me due to Empires and Slavery, this sometimes enters my music as tension and release.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
I have yet to perform my current material live but shows are coming soon (looking for a keyboard/synth player at the moment!) My current vision? A high energy, colorful, funked up affair with audience participation and a lot of dancing!
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I love the vibe of the Spice of Life in Soho, The Water Rats and the Camden Assembly I’ve had some fun gigs at those venues. No other specific venues in mind, at the moment I want to play anywhere and everywhere!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Wow, what a question! Just gonna throw this out there…Iron Maiden, Fantastic Negrito and Aurora.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
The answer to both of those questions…be yourself. Learn about who you really are, deep down at your core, follow your own path.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
That’s a difficult question! I’d have to say ‘Kacha’ as it was the very first release of this epic musical journey. 17 tracks and counting!
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Raksha, Portals, Fire, Earth, Kacha, Go & Synergise are my favorite to play. Consequently, they also get requested the most.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
The process begins in my aural imagination (I can hear instruments, textures, and frequencies in my mind) where I compose tracks before committing anything to recordings. Once I have a concept that feels good internally I begin to move across different instruments and observe how my initial ideas take shape. I’ll change things if necessary or keep what felt good in the beginning and go from there.
The inspiration comes from this small planet, within a galaxy, within a gargantuan universe, which leads to where no one knows…inspiration is in every breath, every moment, every encounter.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
Encouraging Love, Kindness, Forgiveness, Integrity and Self Awareness is what I’m all about.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Gigs, gigs, and more gigs! I cannot wait to perform live!!! I’m also working on an album that will be released later on this year.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?