INTERVIEW: K. FOX
Hi Kevin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been doing well! Staying busy and trying to beat the long Pacific Northwest winter.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Easy Comes”?
“Easy Comes” started as a poem I wrote back in college on a long drive to a swim meet. It was a foggy and gloomy evening and all I could picture was being curled up at home rather than on a dingy charter bus. I wanted to capture that feeling in a poem, which ended up having an unintentional song-like rhythm to it. I put the lyrics over a simple electric piano progression, and “Easy Comes” was born.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Like most songs, it’s about a girl, but I wanted to capture the feeling of warmth and natural intimacy.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I don’t have any production plans, but I do have a concept! Maybe a video isn’t too far in the future…
The single comes off your new album 5900: SUMMER – what’s the story behind the title?
“5900” is my old apartment number, and I wanted to express the changes and growth that occurred while living there. Each song is inspired by a story I heard or an event in my life during my time living there. “SUMMER” is representative of the albums overall feeling. I think each song has a “cruising-with-the-windows-down” vibe that is so reminiscent of summer to me.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing and recording all happened in my bedroom, also part of the influence on the album title!
What role does Portland play in your music?
Portland is a great little music scene that is very encouraging towards indie artists, which makes exploring different styles so easy because no one is doing the same thing here. It’s inspiring to me since I have no desire to ever deliver the same sound on each record, and I get to hear so many styles in Portland.
How did you go on blending and balancing your influences together on this record? Would a song be more pop driven depending on the lyrics’ theme or it was all just randomly done?
It was a challenge to balance my influences, especially because I’m inspired by so many different styles of music. It came down to breaking down the parts of songs that stood out to me — rhythms, melodies, harmonies — and finding the similarities between my influences through those parts. My songs were definitely driven by the lyrics’ theme on this project.
What aspect of Summer did you get to explore on this record?
I explored the sense of adventure I feel during summer. Summer invokes my imagination and the fear of the unknown seems to subside for those few months.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My friends inspire me and my music, and some of the subject matter of my songs was inspired by them.
Any plans to hit the road?
I don’t have any plans to hit the road yet, I’m still working on my live set.
What else is happening next in K.FOX’s world?
I want to release more new music in 2020, complete work on a well-rounded live set, and shoot a music video. But really whatever else I feel like doing!
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