K.Flay Shares Her Musical Memories

K. Flay has just concluded a string of soldout shows, and is ramping up to play a string of live tour dates through December and into the first quarter of 2017. She’s working on a new full length collection, and she’s currently enjoying the spoils of her most recent EP Crush Me, which offers some of the finest lyrics we’ve heard from the emcee who appears to improve her craft with each outing.

The tracks of Crush Me are among the most personal dispatches from an artist who has never shied away from full disclosure. The levels of intimacy and confrontation, both private and universal, are remarkable. And the beats are pretty shrewd, too.

ARTISTdirect managed to catch up with the ever-industrious K.Flay to grab a quick glimpse into the songs that shaped her musical memories, and informed the lyrical stylings that keep selling out those shows…

First single I bought…

I think it was Ace Of Base ‘The Sign.’ I have a vague recollection of my siblings and I saving up allowance money to buy it. but I could also be making that up. in any case, I can definitely remember dancing around in my bedroom to that one. The one dude’s super low voice was always crazy to me.

First live show I attended…

The Beach Boys, at an outdoor concert series near where I grew up. so mainly I was having a picnic, but also listening to the beach boys.

First song I learned to play…

‘From Me To You’ by the Beatles. my dad had a book with all the sheet music for the early Beatles records. I remember that the bridge was hard for me to play at first, but I was so excited once I figured it out.

The song that reminds me of home…

“Beach Boy Blood (in my veins)” by Dave Edmunds. I was obsessed with this song as a little kid, would put it on repeat and dance like a maniac, thrashing all over the house. it’s sort of an obscure track, but for whatever reason I loved it. and it reminds me of home and of being small and carefree.

My guilty secret track…

Well, it’s neither guilty nor secret, but Selena Gomez ‘Hands to Myself.’ I saw her play in Vegas and was freaking out next to a 9 year old boy. which was an oddly life affirming experience.

The song I wish I wrote…

Ooh that’s a hard one. Maybe ‘Maps’ by the yeah yeah yeahs. it’s such an evocative song but also so effortless. Plus Karen O is a god.

The finest song from my all time hero…

‘Winning’ by Emily Haines. I love that song at all times, in all places.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

‘Get It Right’ off my last album, Life As A Dog. There’s so much I want to do and want to be in this life and I often feel I’m falling short. but then I wake up and it’s tomorrow and everything has the potential for change. I think this song captures that experience for me, and I’m proud of writing it and staying honest with myself.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra. I play a version of that song live sometimes and it kills me in the best way. I hope that when I die (many many years from now), I can truly feel all the things he says.

My favorite track from my most recent project…

Right now, it’s probably ‘Dreamers.’ especially as I’m in the midst of finishing my full-length project. I wrote that song as a reminder to myself to create, to not fear disorder or difference or uncertainty. And to remember that ultimately, your life resides in your own mind. And you have the power to shape that.

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