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INTERVIEW: R&B Songstress Kashish

Hi Kashish, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thanks so much for having me back. I have been doing really well!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cycles”?

Absolutely! CYCLES is about continuously feeling the need to go back into a bad relationship and learning how to break free from it. It’s a song about self development, growth, and finding the strength to overcome that need. This is something I know many people silently go through whether they are struggling with being in a bad relationship with a significant other, a family member, or a friend.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I have had many experiences in my life that have captured the emotional ideas in CYCLES, but what really inspired me was my friends’ experience. She came over to my house one day and was crying about how she felt unwanted and unneeded in her relationship. This conversation went on for about an hour and by the end of our little therapy session there was a song.

How was the film experience?

The film experience was incredible. The director Kathleen Sheehan, producer Kevin Quinn, and cinematographer Sam Cowan, made shooting a seamless task. Everything was super organized, and the crew made it all the more fun by cracking jokes, and making sure I felt incredibly comfortable on set. I felt like a kid on the playground playing the best imaginary game in my life!

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was similar to my song, “Stronger Together.” CYCLES was written in an hour, and we recorded the song in four hours. I am still amazed at how organic and fast it was.

How does activism and acting influence your music and the other way around?

Activism is a huge influence in my music. When I get upset about something I see in the news or social media my immediate reaction is to get upset or angry, but then my reaction turns into “What can I do about this, how can I help?” I have made the conscious decision that the way I can make the biggest impact in the world is through music. Music is a universal language and can get people to see the world from a different perspective, which is what makes it such an amazing tool. Music inspires my activism in a similar way. For example when I hear Kendrick Lamar or Jay Z rapping about racism and abuse, it makes feel something. I want to get up and do something about what they are rapping about.

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Good question! There is an EP in the works, we are currently in the writing process for all the songs. My producer, Perry Longo and I are really excited about it because it is going to be a conceptual EP, so all the songs will be telling a different part of a bigger story.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Depending on how long our writing process takes we are planning on releasing the EP sometime late this year, or early next year. We have a great concept in mind and we want to nail it. At the moment we have no titles yet for the conceptual EP, but we do have some great song titles.

What other universal themes would you be diving into this record?

In this record we will be exploring themes that involve loneliness, feeling lost, and finding oneself again through sheer will power. I believe this will be one of our strongest releases to come.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would love to hit the road, but I don’t think that I will be able to tour this year. I am hoping to put something together for next year. I am still doing small shows, however, and if you follow me on all my socials @kashishmusic you can find out where I will be performing next!

What else is happening next in Kashish’s world?

My producer, Perry Longo and I are writing for bunch of different projects right now and I am planning on collaborating with other artists as well. I love working with other people and seeing what they get inspired by. It is something that drives me to be a better artist.

Kashish Online:

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Bandcamp

“Cycles” available now via:

iTunes / Spotify

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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