So, let's see what happens when Kelsey Blackstone visits Section 36 Music!
I really enjoyed your recent single “Alice”. What was it like putting that together?
Thank you so much! The way this song came together was really effortless and refreshing. My good friend, Garrett Goodwin, called me one day and asked if I’d come over to his place so we could write some lyrics and melody to a cool guitar theme he was working with. When we met up, I hit ‘record’ on my voice memos app, he looped the theme for a few minutes, and I improvised a melody and lyrics on top of it. I’d recently been thinking about a wonderland theme, so it came really easy to me as I improvised. Then we listened back to our voice memo recording, and picked out the lines that we wanted to build on. From there, we set a date with my good friend and producer, Laura Clough, who recorded us live in my apartment living room. After she finished producing it, we sent it off to our friend, Josh Kay, to master the song. Then we had our finished product!
Are you currently working on any other projects?
I have many other projects in the works right now! The version
|Photo: Isis Alava|
You’re a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. What’s the biggest way that’s benefitted your career?
The biggest benefit of being a Berklee grad is definitely the community and the connections within it. Getting to work alongside other Berklee grads or current students means that there are always a lot of talented people to create with. I know Berklee has a big community in Nashville, which is where I’m planning to relocate to in a few years. I’m really looking forward to it!
Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?
My biggest influences come from the 60s and 70s. The communities that musicians back then were able to create were ones of inclusivity and creative inspiration. I strive to create the same types of communities through my artistry. The music from that time also emphasized social causes, which is very important to me as a person and musician. Music is a great unifier, and we need that now more than ever. The musical styles themselves also speak to me; powerhouse vocals, live instrumentation, and blues influences, just to name a few. I take modern day inspiration from the other independent artists like me, who are trying to make their dreams come true by building their own legacies.
What would you say is your biggest career challenge?
My biggest career challenge so far has been not letting the downsides of social media get to my head. Because artists today are required to be posting content on social media and promoting themselves as much as possible, it’s hard to not let the superficiality impact your self-worth: it’s really easy to compare yourself to what others are doing on social media. Writing songs about this feeling and getting inspired by my own creative content, has helped me continue to overcome these moments.
What are your immediate career goals?
As always, I want to thank Kelsey for visiting, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.
I know you’ll all want to follow along with Kelsey to see what she's up to. As she mentioned, the best way to do that is to follow her on Instagram and/or Spotify. I suggest doing both right now!
Thanks again Kelsey, and good luck reaching your goals!