Jess hopped on a weekend phone call with Kaylee Johnston to chat about music, life, and her upcoming release. Kaylee has been busy with everything from creating her own sound style under the umbrella of "pop" music to planning the business end of her art - not to mention running around making a music video, doing press interviews, and so much more. Here's our conversation.
Jess: How did you settle into the pop genre?
Kaylee: I resisted pop music for so long because I felt like it had a stigma around it. Still to this day when I tell someone I sing pop music, they instantly just imagine Britney Spears or this super bubble gum thing, and I don’t think I'm doing anything like that, but that’s how I categorize myself. Every time I tried to do someting weird I'd feel like I'm not being true to myself. I was like 'Man, I’m writing pop songs, I visualize my career going down that path, I should just own that!' When I owned it, doors opened up.
Jess: How did you start to own it?
Kaylee: Change was always possible. I think people sometimes will release these songs that are totally out of their genre, like Justin Timberlake - he does a lot of stuff on the cusp of funk and R&B, and he started in the pop world and I think he’s still considered pop. Everyone goes through these phases, I don’t doubt that my music and direction will shift and go with where I’m at in my life.
Jess: Your press release says you've written over 300 songs - how do you do it?Read More