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K.Flay Talks Inspiration, Politics & The Argument That Led To Her Making Music
In many ways, K.Flay is truly an artist of our times. Her music can't be contained to a single genre, she beleives songwriters have a responsibilty to speak for those who cannot and her success grows out of the ability to express her most vulnerable moments. Even as her music style evolves, her authenticity remains the through line.
This summer, K.Flay dropped her third LP, Solutions, led by the singles, "Bad Vibes" and "Sister." The album represented another bold step forward in her musical evolution, following her 2017 effort, Every Where Is Some Where, which earned her two GRAMMYs, including Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Song for "Blook In The Cut."
We recently sat down with K.Flay to hear, among other insights, how it all began...
"I started making music in college because of an argument I had with somebody, my R.A.," she shared. I was complaining about what was on the radio, and he was like, 'well you don't make music. You don't know how to make a song.' So I was like, 'Okay then, I'll make a song."
K.Flay's undeniable creativity took off from there. A graduate of Stanford, where she double-majored in psychology and sociology, she arrived as the self-proclaimed the Suburban Rap Queen. From day one through her foray into rock and exploration of pop on Every Where Is Some Where, she's always found freedom through her own hardships.
"Always, always, my best shows are when I'm struggling somehow," she said. "Vulnerability is really important to nurture."
Hear more from K.Flay in the interview above, including how she sees politics and music, the importance of collaboration and more.