INTERVIEW: Kaylee Federmann

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

Hey! I’m doing well, thanks so much for having me 🙂

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

Yes! So Hero is a song I wrote with two collaborators in Nashville almost a year ago actually.

Hero takes the perspective of a bystander trying to hype up their friend to go and talk to the person they like or admire. The idea is that this friend is such a great person, which is why we refer to him as superman. We wanted to switch things up and have the song be written from a 3rd parties perspective. The song can also be interpreted for the listener. Maybe the hero is someone’s influencer in their lives; maybe they are the hero influencing others’ lives; maybe they just need the motivation to go do something great and be a hero for themself. 

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

I don’t think there was a specific event persay, however at the time I had just watched the new spiderman and had become obsessed with the idea of superheroes… and also spiderman is just like, really cool.

I wanted to write something about how heroes are also somewhat human and make mistakes, they get nervous and speechless too. I liked the idea of writing something upbeat as if it could be a credit song for the next Marvel movie or something. After talking for several hours about life and school and my collaborators’ relationships we found our scenario and charter and wrote Hero.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yea! So we are doing several things actually. First, I wanted to create an acoustic type music video where we get footage of different players playing their instrument to the song. So we have bass/keys, acoustic guitar, and a beat pad for drums. Because the song is mostly midi, we didn’t actually need too many “live” players.  That will be coming in the next couple of weeks. Then we are also doing a small homemade video featuring different local businesses that have stayed open and functioning during this whole COVID19 thing. Because the song is called Hero, we wanted to feature our local heroes who have kept our community open and still functioning like a community. Should be coming out in the next few weeks as well.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was super interesting because for this song it was actually the first time I was by myself in Nashville and writing with other full-time writers and producers. I remember getting completely lost trying to find the apartment we were meeting at… that was fun. But after we all got to know each other more we wrote this song first and recorded scratch vocals that ended actually being the final vocal. We did a rough mix and wrapped up the first day around 2am. When it came time to release the song, we went back and forth remotely to finish the mix. I sent a few vocal fixes from my home studio to be in place of the scratch vocal. It took about a week of remote back and forths before we had the final master. It was a really great learning experience of how writes and collaboration is done in Nashville now. It’s all home studios and 2-3 to maybe even 4-5 writers in a room, having a great therapy session and walking away with an awesome song that captures the experience. 

What role does Newton play in your music?

I’m super grateful to be living in a safe and supportive town. After a few years of playing around here I’ve built up a nice local following so I have my regulars at shows from my neighborhood for sure. Especially because I go to school locally, it’s easy to keep a draw with the Newton towns people at gigs which is really nice.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

My dad has been a huge influence for me. We did a lot of music together before he died, we did choirs and sang together at home in the car. Before he passed, he fixed up my first guitar from when he was a kid and I taught myself how to play from youtube videos and chord books. I think about him when I write songs and what he would say or think about my music, trying to keep his influence with me even though it’s been seven years since he died of cancer. 

My mom is another big influence in my writing, she’s a special education teacher and even week we sit together and I sing her all my new songs. She’s my biggest fan and also my best editor. She’ll ask me why I wrote something a certain way, talk about how to make my words and phrases clearer and bring new perspectives and ideas. 

I grew up with dyslexia and had a very hard time in school academic wise. I was in special ed classes, had modified work, I had an IEP (individualized education plan). I struggle a lot with language, comprehension, math etc. Which is quite ironic as the career I want to go into revolves around writing and words and language. The songwriting part at least.

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

 Yes! I have lots more martial to share, we are planning another single most likely for late August/September. Then potentially an EP release for early winter. I’m always creating new musical content for my following online to keep them engaged while new singles are in the works. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

As for release dates go, next singles we are looking at the end of summer and EP we are thinking early winter. For titles I’m not too sure yet but it will be something unique to my brand and my story for sure!

Any plans to hit the road?

Honestly dude, as soon as this is all over and clubs and venues are open I’m hopping on the next available stage that will take me! I miss performing live so much. I hope that once things are a little more back to normal I can get back to gigging and maybe even a small tour? We shall see! 

What else is happening next in Kaylee Federmann’ world?

As of now, I am writing and creating music every day for my followers. I’m working with my amazing team in Nashville to help grow and develop, lots of planning and experimenting. I’m producing home demos on logic, doing online concerts from time to time and hanging out with my family. At one point, we will all go back to school or work or life in general and now is a great time to just be together and try to just enjoy this time. That’s all you can really do, everything is a process and although there are stressful times, you might as well enjoy whatcha got while you’re growing and living life, ya know?

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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