Kylie Hughes is a rising star on the music scene and having featured her latest single ‘Heat’ a couple of weeks ago, we just had to ask her about the song, the video, her career and what we can expect next from the California native.
Hi Kylie, We recently featured your brilliant new video ‘Heat’, a video which we described as ‘racy, high octane and fun throughout.’ How enjoyable was the video shoot?
I can’t emphasize enough how much fun it was to make this music video. To have a big idea like “let’s do a Talladega Nights Parody” and have other people think it’s a good idea too was very cool. My director, Frank and everyone on the crew had the best time out in the middle of nowhere on this racetrack in Irwindale. It’s like we couldn’t stop laughing the whole time. Everything from my outfit being thick vinyl on one of the hottest days of the year in March, to me foolishly trying to lean on the hood of one of the cars during one of my performance takes (not recommended as they are flimsy plastic and I almost fell through the car), to making out with KFC chicken in my mouth, it was wild.
Tell us about how the song came about?
“Heat” started with its chorus. It’s just about two people that are really hot for each other and naturally want to take that heat on the road. It’s a big summer, windows down, driving in your car song that makes me wanna knock my head and stomp my feet.
‘Heat’ is the title track from your upcoming album release at the end of May. Give us an insight into what we can expect from the rest of the album?
You can expect a little bit of everything. As a songwriter, I really set out to dip my toe in a couple different genres and blur the rules of what makes a song country or pop, for example. There’s a little bit of blues, rock and folk in the mix as well. I think it’s a great album to put on for a road trip and listen to in order! Because I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to introduce myself to new listeners. I start with some country/pop that’s upbeat and anthemic, then I sneak in a rock ballad or two, than I get a little personal, sassy and playful. And then the last three songs I purposefully keep a little more stripped because I think good songs don’t always need all the bells and whistles. I think there is a surprise in each song.
How exciting is it to be on the verge of your album release? How will you be celebrating release day?
With a glass of champagne! I will also be playing an Album Release Show at The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles that night! Doors at 9 pm 😉
What was the reason you became a singer/artist in the first place? Was there a lightbulb moment, or is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
Being a songwriter is something that I always wanted to do. Either for myself or someone else, I just love how every day as a songwriter is different and there is always a new story waiting to be written. And I love storytelling.
You are from California, a state not necessarily known for country music. Why country? And how would you describe your sound?
I’ve heard the term California Country lately… I’m not exactly sure what that is but I’m interested to find out. I’ve never loved describing my sound because I don’t like be stuck in a “genre lane.” I think the country crept in though because I wrote/recorded half the album in LA and in Nashville. I love how much music is in that city and it’s not just country, it’s just storytellers wrapping their songs in different music wrapping paper. A good song is a good song no matter what kind of bow you put on top of it.
And which artists would you say have inspired you the most in your career?
I try to takeaway a little something from everyone that I listen to because I take in a lot of different kinds of music. Michelle Branch and Sheryl Crow made me want to pick up a guitar but when I was putting together this album, I thought about Taylor Swift’s “Red.” That wasn’t all country but what I love about that album is that she didn’t care, she put pop on there, country, rock and even hints of EDM. That kind of variety makes albums fun to listen to. I don’t want 10 versions of the same song. I like to hear different sounds and thoughts all tethered together by a voice and a lyrical style. Like I remember the first time I heard Lana Del Rey (and I feel like we all have our Lana phase…) and I love the stylistic voice and her lyrics are so signature. Each song took me on a different emotional ride. That inspires me.
What was the last album you played? Apart from ‘Heat’ ;o)
The last song of mine that I played was “I Can’t Believe We Were In Love” and the last album of someone else’s that I listened to was “Lights Out” by Royal Blood… that music video is EVERYTHING.
Our website, Belles and Gals, is based in the UK. Have you ever been to the UK, or would you like to head over the pond and play here?
I HAVE been to the UK! And I love it there because I feel like there are more people that look like me (pale with red hair) per square mile than anywhere else. Kind of feels like home away from home, haha. And I would love love love to play some music over there J
To finish, tell us about your plans in the coming months and for the rest of 2017?
I think another music video is in the works…. Stay tuned J