Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drive Away”?
“Drive Away” is the first single out of my new project. I wanted to create a soft lush dreamland of heartbreak and just my life at the time. I had been going to Bel-Air and attending all these posh parties where people show up to talk to the same people they just had lunch with, and it was this surreal world where anything could happen, almost like the 60s merged with the 90s where people were trapped in this beautiful but horrible sci-fi version of reality. There was a guy doing cocaine, a guy talking about pancakes, a woman in heels chasing a dog around, and this line of people vaping, almost like this choir, and all this cherry smoke everywhere. I just wanted to capture that in a song because it was so powerful and strange and it had all of these feelings attached to it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was in a sort of relationship that was never going to work so when I was at a party of his and all of these bizarro things were happening, I attached my emotions to those images.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s amazing and there’s a scene where I get poisoned by a mushroom infused giant muffin and I throw up glow in the dark. We used 600 glow sticks for it and it’s pretty dope.
How was the recording and writing process?
My producer Bambor Leany makes beats that are hard as fuck, and I show up and drink rosè and we get to work. I sing melodies for like eight hours straight. Sometimes it takes a long time to get a song right. I’m working on one right now that’s taken three months, but it’s worth it.
How has your upbringing influenced your music?
I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. My grandpa was a rock guitarist and I just watched him all of the time work on music and play his guitar. I would get lost in music for days. As a kid I used to listen to pop songs and dream of being in those songs, like if I could crawl inside of them if you found out who made them and where and showed up there. I’ve finally met those people and showed up and I’m still trying to get inside of those songs.
What role does LA play in your music?
It’s like a ghost that haunts me and occasionally saves me from boarding airplanes that are going to crash. These songs are LA and I think it’s important for people to love them for that quality.
How does your Fashion background influence you as an artist and the other way around?
Both are an extension of my imagination. Taking an idea and making it work in the real world is the same whether it’s the design of a dress or a new song. For me, the music influences the fashion.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material!? How’s that coming along?
I have a ton of songs made and some really special ones. “Drive Away” has made literally a handful of guys confess that they love me, but one of the new ones broke a guy’s brain. When you demo songs to industry people, they’re usually pretty bored and don’t listen past the first chorus. My new one, “Bend and Bow”, caused a manager to repeat it over and over and over—so I guess it’s pretty great.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m hoping to release new songs before the holidays, but we’ll see. Definitely very soon, though.
Any plans to hit the road?
What else is happening next in KAYLS’ world?
Really working in detail on the next couple of song releases including the designs and concepts for the videos. I have some amazing songs ready to release, so stay tuned.