Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kaylee Federmann, I’m a pop singer-songwriter from Boston MA. I love dark chocolate and just adopted the most adorable kitten whom I’m 92.7% sure is part dog. I grew up listening to ABBA, The Beatles, and Carol King. My dad is one of the biggest influences in my life and although he passed away 7 years ago, he has still been my motivator and inspiration.
How would you describe your musical style?
I would describe my musical style as happy and fun, honest and fresh. You can hear a lot of throwback pop influence in my sound and vocally, it’s new and progressive. I’ve been experimenting with sound and songwriting during this quarantine. Although still developing, I create music that tells a story and keeps you engaged.
Your dad fixed it up an old guitar for you but you didn’t start playing and writing songs on it until after he passed away from cancer. How influential has he been to your music career?
My dad has been in everything I write and sing. Although not every song is about him or sad and about loss, he was very influential in how I write and perform especially. We used to do choirs together and sing around the house in the car and anywhere that wouldn’t kick us out for being too loud. When I write something I think about, what would he say about this? What would he change? How would he say this instead? For production, I think about that too. How would he do it? I don’t base all my decisions on that, however, it’s always something I think about for sure.
In middle school, you were diagnosed with Executive Functioning Disorder, a disorder that falls under the umbrella of Dyslexia. How did songwriting help you cope during that time?
What I love about songwriting is it’s not an essay. You’re not being graded or tested, nothing has to fit a certain curriculum, you’re just writing a story. You’re just writing what you wanna say and no one has to see or hear it if you don’t want them too. I like it because although spelling and comprehension, and vocab are things I struggled with, songwriting was my own language, which is why you have to develop enough if you want to share it. I wanted others to be able to understand my language so I had to work harder to make sure my story was clear. Songwriting gave me creative freedom I never got in school. I never got a song handed back to me covered in red lines and x’s. Which is why I just kept doing it. Plus songwriting there are no grammar rules (for the most part 🙂 which just makes things so much less stressful!
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Hero”?
Yes! So Hero is a song that 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. 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 themselves.
What can audiences expect from the rest of the new music you’ve been working on that you’re set to release this year?
Y’all can expect more singles for sure (Aug/Sept) and an EP either late this year or early next year (Jan/Feb). I’m always creating new musical content on my youtube channel and social media for my listeners while the next songs are in the works!
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
HaHa to be honest I feel like I’m still an aspiring singer-songwriter! I would say, find your people, find a team who can lift you up and help you reach your goals. It’s easy to get caught up in what you “need to be” and what “you need to look like or sound like”. If you have a few people you really trust to help you find your brand and image you’ll be golden. This is something I’m still working on for sure but try not to stress too much over numbers and social media, they really aren’t everything. Take heart and pride in the little accomplishments and your reached goals, don’t overlook your little victories! Otherwise, you’ll never see your big ones! The best advice I think comes from the Miley Cyrus song The Climb – so go listen to that!
What’s your life like outside of music?
My life outside of music would be a lot of walking. I love just walking and listening to music, it’s so calming and clears your mind. Now that I have a little kitty (her name is Magan btw!) I’ll be playing with her a lot. I have a few small jobs I’m working too so I’m trying to keep busy.
You originally wanted to be a dolphin trainer as a child. Any aspirations on giving that a go too now that you have this music thing down?
Haha, I would love to be a dolphin trainer on the side maybe. I think there’s a little too much math involved in that for me though. I think what I really would love to do is swim with dolphins at some point. That would be awesome! But I don’t know, we’ll see where things go.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
I would love to get to know you better and hear your stories! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube @kayleefedermann and my tiktok is currently under construction but it will be up and running soon! Thanks again for having me!