INTERVIEW: The Voice Alumni Kylie Rothfield

-Hi Kylie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thank you so much for having me, I’ve been great! Excited to finally put out this new single!

-Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Not Gonna Wait”?

“Not Gonna Wait” is the 3rd single I’m releasing as part of a yet-to-be titled project this year, which mostly focused on this one relationship I was in a couple years ago and how it changed SO much about me in such a short time. I’ve been really inspired by 80’s pop music lately and I love that we were able to express those influences in this song and give people something to dance to!

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

I wrote a LOT of sad music after this pretty bad relationship I was in, sort of as my own form of therapy and sort of maybe as a way to find the closure I didn’t feel like I got when it ended. This song came when I had this huge realization that I finally wasn’t sad anymore… that even if he came back to me and apologized and gave me every explanation I’d ever wanted, it wouldn’t matter anymore because I already found my own closure and my own happy ending. It felt so empowering to write this one.

-Any plans to release a video for the single?

Hopefully! A lyric video with some really cool visuals in the works to be released in a couple weeks. If the song starts to pick up a bit and there’s a decent budget, I think a music video would be great!

-How was the recording and writing process?

So awesome and truly effortless! I wrote this with my friends/creative partners Haleigh Bowers, Sam Vendig and Zack Djurich, and I’ll never forget driving home after our first session with a bit of a giddy smile on my face. We knew almost immediately that we should all play a part in the recording process because we all love the production side of things, so we decided to split things evenly and give everyone equal creative input!

What was it like to work with Zack Djurich and how did that relationship develop?

Zack is the BEST. We kind of sort of knew each other in college but really met when he was filming “The Unknown Tour”, a documentary about up-and-coming musicians. I was insanely impressed by the production he did on the songs in the doc and asked if he would be willing to engineer and co-produce some songs with me. Unfortunately Kanye West beat me to it (no joke!) and I had to wait almost a year for him to get back to LA so we could have our first session. Zack is really talented, but more importantly, really patient and willing to try out all my crazy production ideas before we finally meet in the middle. We challenge each other a lot I think, but in a way that produces the best possible result.

How much did he get to influence the song?

Just as much as any of us did I think! It truly was a group effort. Sam provided us with some really cool vintage analog synths, did some great producing himself and was able to get us unstuck a few times when we needed it. Haleigh came up with brilliant arrangement ideas and backing vocal parts. Zack translated everyone’s thoughts onto the track and did a killer mix and mastering job.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

Growing up I remember my mom played a lot of 80’s music in the house and while we had a lot of fun dancing around to it, it didn’t fully resonate with me until recently. I think the 80’s were a really innovative time for music. Everyone seemed to be writing fantastic, catchy melodies supported by great, experimental synths and beats and unique elements. I’m a sucker for a great melody. Plus how could you NOT love the ridiculous fashion?

How did your tenure time on The Voice get to help you grow as an artist?

It was truly the most challenging experience of my life. It was almost like a really fun, concentrated bootcamp where you learned a million new things every day about your artistry and what to sing and how to sing it and how to use social media to your advantage and what to wear and how to nail an interview…etc. It would be impossible not to be a better artist and stronger person in general after going through that experience. Most of all it taught me that I want to perform music that I write; not just cover songs that I don’t have a lot of connection to or control over stylistically.

What role does LA play in your music?

LA is a TOUGH city, that’s for sure, but it’s also incredible and full of life and diversity and extremely hard-working, ambitious people. The city inspires me constantly and also kicks my ass constantly, which I think I needed before coming out here. Some of the best pop writers and producers live out here, which has helped me develop my sound and constantly learn more.

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

Working on it! I have quite a few songs I want to put out but the key is deciding if they fit well on this project or if they are something else entirely.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I know for sure I eventually want to release the “Acoustic Sessions” with a couple of the singles out now and a couple new ones, recorded in a really good room as live-sounding and “real” as possible. But it’s all TBD right now 🙂

Any plans to hit the road?

I just signed with a college agency and I’m showcasing in the fall; if all goes well, that will mean a spring tour in the US, but I’m also dreaming of doing something overseas next year, fingers crossed!

What else is happening next in Kylie Rothfield’s world?

As many music-related ventures as possible! I’ve been playing guitar for a few artists in town and also writing for a few artists’ records. I was fortunate enough to cowrite 5 songs on Alisan Porter’s newest record, 3 of which were chosen as the singles, so I’m hoping to continue on that path and keep trying to become a better writer and add to my catalogue. I’m also starting to work as a producer and a couple songs I produced will be coming out this summer. Other than that, just gonna be playing shows and writing/releasing more music as an artist! Grateful for all of it, truly.

 Listen to “Not Gonna Wait”  HERE

RJ Frometa
Author: 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.

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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