Interview with Kaylah Truth
Question: How would you describe your music?
Kaylah Truth: Honesty seasoned in attitude!
Question: What inspired Wave and Like Crazy?
Kaylah Truth: Wave was written during an Indigenous Hip Hop Projects workshop tour in Arnhem Land. Whilst on a day off in the beautiful coastal community of Numbulwar, I opened the curtains and looked across the road in the direction of the sound of waves crashing. The opening line of the song popped into my head and the rest of it just rolled out in a smooth train of thought. It's safe to say that is the quickest I've ever written a song.
The concept behind Like Crazy was born a number of years ago through a process of exploring what I thought a grown relationship would look like for me and my lifestyle. A few years, failed relationships and trashed instrumentals later and I found the perfect muse to complete the story.
Question: What was it like performing at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival?
Kaylah Truth: Sharing the stage with my Fempress crew is always full of good vibes. Each of us strive to improve the representation of People of Colour, Women and LGBTIQ folk in these 'mainstream' spaces so it is a blessing to have a place in a crew that are pushing those unnecessary and outdated boundaries.
Question: Can you tell us about opening at the Alison Wonderland Scarehouse Project in Brisbane?
Kaylah Truth: As a fan of Alison Wonderland, I was stoked to be chosen to open. It was a hot AF day in sunny QLD but that did not take away from the well thought out concept that was the Scarehouse and the dope array of talent on show.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Kaylah Truth: At the moment, I love to perform Wave because it ignites this crazy attitude in me that allows me to let it out without giving a care.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend your show, who would it be?
Kaylah Truth: My little brother - we missed out on a lot of time together over the years but I kept a pic of him in my dressing rooms or close by as motivation to do my best.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Kaylah Truth: I enjoy both processes but you can never get the energy of a crowd from a live show in the studio.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Kaylah Truth: Life is precious. Music is a tool that contributes to my happiness and good health. Also, I am a descendent of people who haven't always been able to live and speak the way that they want. I have the choice to do that so I am going to make the most of it.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Kaylah Truth: Kehlani, Tracy Chapman and the soundtracks from the 'She's Gotta Have It' series and 'Black Panther' movie.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Kaylah Truth: Salt 'N' Pepa, TLC & the Spice Girls were my musical inspirations but the push toward the arts as a career came from rough times and a need to express myself.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Kaylah Truth: Right now it'd have to be Kehlani or Jidenna.
Question: What are your goals for 2018?
Kaylah Truth: Drop new music, take the show on the road and meet some dope souls.
Interview by Brooke Hunter