We were so fortunate to have an opportunity to chat with the lovely Kylie Hughes. Her ability to write songs in any genre is the cornerstone of her new album simply titled, Kylie Hughes. The singer-songwriter from Malibu incorporates influences from country, pop and blues into her eclectic style in a fresh inventive way.
During our interview with the songstress, we talked about her upcoming album self-titled album, why overcast days are important and more. We hope you enjoy! So it is with great pleasure we introduce, Kylie Hughes!
Lemonade Magazine: Hey Kylie! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Kylie Hughes: Sure! Hi, I’m Kylie. My middle name is Rose. I play guitar and ukelele but I also pretend to play piano, kinda. I’m from Southern California but like to spend time in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve been writing all my own songs since I was thirteen, mostly about boys and scenarios I wish played out differently.
I can’t explain what music I listen to because I listen to everything, and maybe that’s boring but I think my taste is just eclectic. Pop music is my thing but I’ve been hiding a secret affair with country music, well, maybe not so secret. My favorite color is almost any shade of blue/turquoise, my favorite color to wear is black and my favorite color to decorate with is somewhere in the metallic family. Bagels and cream cheese are my favorite food, which is in conflict with my lactose intolerance. It’s a daily struggle. Hopefully that wasn’t an over share.
LM: Haha! Never! You enjoy that lactose. Malibu is a gorgeous area and Pepperdine sitting on top of that cliff is amazing. How does your environment affect your songwriting?
KH: Well, Malibu is gorgeous but what you learn from living there is that you are more likely to wake up to a cold and foggy day than a sunny one. Being extremely pale and susceptible to the sun, I like an overcast day because then I could stay inside and write a moody tune. If it was nice out, I felt guilty for staying inside, so I was definitely more productive on the cloudy ones.
LM: Should move to Seattle. It’s cloudy and gray all the time. You have a lot of different types of music that you encompass on your upcoming self-titled release from beach pop to country to even some blues-inspired sounds. Who inspired the genre-blending style?
KH: I think it’s just a blend of all the music I listen to. I like Top 40 pop but then I also like more underground artists or alternative sounds. For example, I used to listen to William Fitzsimmons after a breakup. He has such a beautiful way with sadness and that vibe can be felt in my songs “Forever’s a Long way to Fly” and “I Can’t Believe We Were In Love” on the upcoming album.
LM: Recently we’ve featured a lot of electro-pop artists, but your sound is much more organic. How much or how often do you utilize electronic music, if at all?
KH: Being a songwriter, I’m writing all the time and I get to write in other genres even if the song isn’t for me in the end. I like to be able to perform all of my material live, that’s why I think it comes off ‘organic’ but I love all the bells and whistles you can put on a song in the studio. I’m always open to new sounds!
LM: Are there any plans for you to tour and support the album after the release?
KH: YES! Definitely have plans to get out there and play the album for new ears. And I always have plans for another visual in the making! I’m always scheming away at a music video idea.
LM: We can’t wait for the new video and we can’t wait to share the new album! Who would be on your dream tour?
KH: Michelle Branch just came out with a new album and may possibly start touring, currently waiting desperately like a Hopeless Romantic for her call!
LM: Ha! We see what you did there!
KH: And Kacey Musgraves and Elle King feel like my kinda people.
LM: We can see that too! Thank you again, Kylie!
Pre-order Kylie Hughes by Kylie Hughes on iTunes now. In the mean time, check out her latest single, “Heat” on SoundCloud below!