Kady Rain, the rising pop star with hair almost as bright as her personality, joined us on Unheard Gems to answer some questions about her music. “Bubble-Gum” pop but with an edge, Kady is shaking up the music world and definitely has some big things coming. Check out what she has to say below:
UG: When did you first know you wanted to pursue music or when did you start to work on your music?
Kady Rain: I've been singing along to the songs on the radio for as long as I remember. My sister and I used to harmonize together in the backseat growing up. I learned my first non-kid's song when I was 10, Blue by Eiffel 65. I was wearing a magicians hat at the time, which now seems oddly appropriate for a song like that. I started my first band in high school called The Pickpockets with some of the other brats in my class. We wrote a few songs and played a few shows but ultimately they wanted to be a country band and the Pattie Smith in me just couldn't deal.
UG: If you had to give an elevator pitch of who Kady Rain is as an artist what would you say?
KR: Kady Rain works tirelessly to write songs as personal as her disses and as catchy as a touchdown pass. Summer pop with attitude in the streets, sleeping next to my cats in the sheets. Deal with it.
UG: When you write music what inspires you?
KR: I'm usually inspired by my life, by the people in it, the events that are going on. That being said, we make bombastic pop music and so love songs are a common theme. As a domestic abuse survivor I also write songs about that. Rue the Day and It Wasn't the Roses specifically, but there are other songs that haven't come out yet.
UG: Do you have a usual routine when you work on music? (start with lyrics or track, record voice memos, collaborate with someone etc)
Almost every Kady Rain songs starts with a progression from Ben Bazzrea, my boyfriend, cowriter, and the Han Solo to my Princess Leia on this journey. His super power is being able to come up with a progression that will inspire a vocalist at any time, no matter where we are or what we're doing. He'll just play through a few ideas and if I don't like
that he'll improvise until we find something. Once that happens, we go with what emotion the song makes us feel. We don't over think the initial creative burst. We try to get as much of the song finished within the first hour as possible, warts and all. After that, we run the song everyday for a few weeks which naturally irons out the kinks. We do additional editing for the song once we decide to take it into production.
UG: Who or what have been the biggest influences in your music and how have they impacted you as an artist and as an individual?
KR: When I was younger I was OBSESSED with the Beatles, John Lennon in particular. He's just such a cutie! I get a lot of my stage antics from the artists that influenced me when I was younger, like David Bowie, Patti Smith, etc, but I think more of my artistic style is inspired by modern artists like Charli XCX and Carly Rae Jepsen. Artists like David Bowie and Madonna have helped raise the bar for me and our aesthetic and I try to put a lot of work into our image and our single covers.
UG: I would in brief describe you as a fun bubble gum pop artist and that is visually reflected in your music video for “R.A.D Moves”. How did you get the idea for the music video and what was the process of creating the music video like?
KR: OMG! That video was so much fun to shoot!!!!
Ben and I will go places to network and meet other people, expand our audience, whatever, but this one particular night I went out by myself, looking like a rainbow alien dreamsicle, if you can imagine. I was outside and came upon a gentleman having an argument with another man about Grimes and whether she had any talent or not. I interjected and said that INDEED she had more talent than that man had in his pinky finger, and me and the other gentleman became fast friends. His name was, well, is, Chaz Harpman. It turned out that he had worked on music videos as an art director for Selena Gomez and Grimes, among others. I told him I was a pop artist and he told me right then and there he wanted to do my music video as his directorial debut. He went on the road (he's an Olympic horseback racer as his main gig, if you can believe it) and about a month after our initial meeting he called me up and he had the whole idea for the music video come to him in one single epic vision. I totally loved it and we started planning the shoot! I got together the girl gang and the guy gang just days before, and worked with Alice Giaccone on the styling for the video. The majority of it was shot over about 36 hours one weekend in June 2016, with one more 8 hour stint after that. It was a CRAZY weekend. No sleep, everyone was running off breakfast tacos from Taco Cabana, pizza and beer, and it was just insane. We threw a literal party for the party scene and everyone was wasted and having a blast. I loved every minute of it.
UG: In terms of new music or new projects from you what can listeners, returning or new, expect? Is there anything in the works you can tell us about?
KR: WE ARE ABOUT TO START PLANNING A TOUR! I am so excited to get out on the road and share our music with new audiences. I am scared to tour, I've never done it before, but it's the next step and I AM SO READY!!! As far as music goes, we've got our first collaboration with another Austin, TX artist in the works, and it's going to be really epic when it's done! The song is already a banger and it's only going to get better!
UG: If you could recommend to us another artist you think deserves more recognition in the music industry who would you recommend?
KR: I'm gonna have to give a shoutout to one of my favorite artists I've collaborated with: Donatachi! He's out of Australia and he makes perfectly bubbly pop. Everything he's put out is a true bop. I love his work and I can't wait to work on another song with him!
UG: Thank you so much for joining us on Unheard Gems, as a final question where can people find you and your music?
Our music can be found EVERYWHERE! Lemme hook you up with some links:
Our music is also on Google Play, Amazon, Tidal, Pandora, you name it we're on it. Just look for colorful pics of meeeeee!
Written and Edited by: Hannah Schneider