FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Kassie K.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in small city about an hour outside of Vancouver BC Canada. I have always had a passion for music and songwriting and have been performing since I was very young.  Some fun facts about me: I have two fur babies that I treat like actual children. I am for sure that crazy cat lady just with 2 cats. I’ve received a University Bachelors Degree in Criminology, which has nothing to do with my current profession lol. Lastly, I am obsessed with children’s cereal – I may or may not be eating Lucky Charms right now. 
 
You started singing at 5 years old and started writing and recording music by 11. Was music always something you saw yourself making a career out of or did it just evolve into that organically?
 
100% yes. Ever since I was little, I would sing all day long. Like any young girl, I was obsessed with pop icons at the time like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and the Spice girls and wanted to be just like them. I would record their tracks on the radio using a cassette disk and replay the songs over and over to learn the lyrics. I would often lock myself in my room and learn new songs, or write my own, and spend hours just singing and choreographing dance routines. From a young age, I always felt a high from performing in front of people. I always dreamed that I would sing and perform for a living, and now even as I get older that fire still burns just the same.
Kassie K.
What did you learn from your time as lead singer of Bell Tower Dreams?
 
I absolutely loved being with Bell Tower Dreams. The guys were all amazing, they were like family to me. I learned a lot about myself as a songwriter and how to work as a collective. I was always so used to writing music alone and by myself, and I tend to be pretty hard on myself. It took a while for me to let go, and be less self-conscious of my work and to share with the group or write on the spot during rehearsals. As the band’s lyricist, I really struggled writing on the spot or improvising with the mic due to these fears. However, being thrown into those situations often I eventually learned that there are a TON of different processes to songwriting and to just be open and to get out of my comfort zone.
 
How would you describe your musical style?
 
I feel like my style is always evolving – as music does. I feel in today’s age of music, artists don’t have the pressure to stick so closely to one genre or style anymore. I am constantly hearing new styles of music and falling in love with various styles which translates into my own music. Right now I would say my musical style is best described as electronic new aged pop. 
 
You released your latest single called “Out of Sight” late last year. What can you tell us about that song?
 
“Out of Sight” was a collaboration project with an amazing producer named “Jameo” out of Los Angelas. We had connected through Instagram and really hit it off and liked each other’s sound and wanted to create something together. Jameo had sent over some tracks and I instantly fell in love with his work and it snowballed from there. We worked for several months back and forth via email until the final mix was complete, with me recording my vocals here in Vancouver and him producing the track in the USA. The song itself is about leaving a relationship because you think that being alone means you have the freedom to pursue what you want when you want without having to worry about someone else. However, often times we take for granted what we have (the grass isn’t always greener) and regrets are made and we realize we actually CAN have it all, and pursue our dreams while still being with the one you love – that freedom can also mean loneliness, and isn’t always what its cracked up to be.
 
You also recently signed with independent record label RL Recordings out of Detroit. How excited are you to have that deal in place and how have they helped your career thus far?
 
I am extremely excited to have the team at RL Recordings supporting my music and helping me with my career. We are currently working together to wrap up my EP to release early 2019 and I am incredibly grateful to have the help of a label behind me – I can’t wait to share what we have in store!
Kassie K.
When can audiences expect an EP from you?
 
Fans can expect my EP by Spring/Summer 2019! However, I will be continuing to release singles online via distributors like iTunes and Spotify where fans can hear singles from the coming Album 🙂  
 
You have created your own fitness parodies of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”. How important is it to keep things light every now and then and do something outside the box?
 
I have always been an incredibly goofy person. I think its extremely important to not always take yourself too seriously and to just have fun and create content that you enjoy. The fact that other people also had fun with it and enjoyed it was icing on the cake. 
 
In addition to creating those parodies, you’ve also done a ton of covers on YouTube and Facebook. What songs are you looking to cover next?
 
I actually have a stripped down piano cover version of Taylor Swift and Zayn’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”  that I will be releasing this February. This is one of my absolute favourite songs to perform live and I am so excited to finally release it.
 
What advice would you give to aspiring singers/songwriters?
 
As corny as it sounds, never give up. There will be many times you feel like you won’t succeed, or people will tell you that you won’t succeed, don’t let this break you. If you have a fire inside you that is telling you this is what you were meant to do, don’t stop. The only time failure is certain, is when you quit. Whether your goal is to do music professionally or for yourself, if you love it, don’t ever stop. I know I sure won’t. 
Kassie K.
What’s your life like outside of the studio?
 
When I am not in the studio, I am working as a personal trainer and health coach 🙂 I have been involved in the fitness industry for many years, so it just seemed like a natural fit for me to pursue. Working as a trainer is great because it allows me to do something that I am passionate about while also having the flexibility (no pun intended) to work on my music. 
 
What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had on stage?
 
When I was with Bell Tower Dreams we had JUST finished a new song we had added to the set. I wasn’t confident adding the song just yet, but I know the guys really wanted to play it so we added it. I legit had lyrics written on both hands which of course rubbed off from my sweaty palms (wouldn’t have helped anyway) and I completely forgot the lyrics. Thank goodness it was a pop/rock band and the power of the drums and guitars drowned out my la la las before the chorus came back in. Now I don’t add any new songs to a setlist that aren’t 100% ready lol. 
 
Let the readers know where to find you online.
 
You can connect with me on Facebook and Instagram at @KassieKOfficial. I read EVERY comment and message people leave on my page and it seriously means the world to me. 
 
You can also check out my music on Youtube at www.Youtube.com/c/kassiekofficial – Don’t forget to subscribe!