Sometimes visuals and soundscapes come together in perfect harmony to make an experience that excites every single part of you. That's exactly what happened to us when we first saw the video for Fearless, the latest tune from the absolute beauty that is Kayslee Collins.
Well known for her modelling work, Kayslee is also a bloody good popstar. Fearless is a stunning slab of pop gold that had us reaching for the repeat button after the first thirty seconds. It's that good. We popped the babe a few questions and she gave us some rather interesting insights...
Hey Kayslee, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade! Why don't you tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
Hi! I’m a hard worker, a fighter, a dreamer, a lover, not in that order. I’ve been an actor and a model since I was very young. I’m releasing my first body of work right now, starting with my single Fearless.
Describe your music to those unfamiliar.
I think Spotify would call this capsule electro-pop. My producer and I created a sort of two-decade throwback theme for the music, fused with a modern attitude. The video for my single Fearless references two major films, both released in the nineties, so it all ties in. I think my sound will always change, I can jump genres, but it will always be authentically “Me." It’s going to be sexed up, but always from the heart.
Besides being an incredible pop musician, you're also a full time model - how do you manage to balance those two frantic lifestyles?
The struggle IS real. Contrary to popular belief, modeling is very difficult. Before you even get booked, you’re driving around Los Angeles all day everyday, trying to make it to castings and call-backs all over the city. You’re herded up, judged, discarded and repeat. Sounds like a blast right? I’ve been really fortunate to book as much work as I have, but now that I’ve chopped my hair off, I’m a little more niche. On a positive note, I get to spend more time making music, that’s how we’re balancing these days, haha. Everything works out.
What do you enjoy more - the music or the modelling?
I enjoy the process of making music more. I’ve never been to therapy, but I imagine it being similar to writing music. You get to pour out your feelings and emotions and talk about everything real, everything that makes us human. Then hopefully someone can assemble a track with it and people can listen and relate, and feel connected.
The new vid is FIERCE! And sexy and so many other words that we're struggling to put into a sentence. Was it fun to make?
Thank YOU! I love it. It was fun to make. Actually, the whole thing was created with the help of my close friends. From the storyboard to the studio space, it only took a couple days start to finish. I’m really happy with how it turned out. s/o to Jayson Fox, Matt Finelli (ShotWell Studio), Ashley Matthews Monica Sims, and Philip Butler my Detective/Nurse ...
You've been working with some sick producers recently. Can we expect more tunes like "Fearless" in the coming months, or something completely different?
There’s four more songs I created with Kevin Seaton (Heavy Duty Music) for this release. We’ll be rolling these songs out in a very unorthodox fashion. If you want to keep up, stay tuned to my Instagram and SoundCloud. I also made a couple tracks with some serious talent while I was in NYC. Again, stay tuned.
You're rather popular and active on social media - what is it about it that you love?
I love that it’s a vent, I can just bitch on Twitter whenever I want. If I’m feeling sexy or funky, I can throw something on IG! It’s weird, it’s like a vice, and also somehow a career tool. I try to keep it as real as possible. There’s a new one that I’m obsessed with, I’m not going to tell you what it is though, I like that I’m semi-anonymous on it at this point. ;)
We're a pop site, so, who is your fav pop artist of all time?
Thats a tough one. Right now I'm leaning towards Al Green.
And what's one pop song that you absolutely ADORE right now?
Charli XCX - Need Ur Luv.
What can people expect from you over the next 12 months?
Expect the unexpected. Most people think I’m a model trying to turn a new leaf or something. My challenge is breaking that judgement, but I’ve BEEN singing and performing since I was a little girl, modeling has just been a primer, and a fundraiser. Music isn’t the final frontier either, just you wait my darlings.
We'd like to thank Kayslee for taking the time to answer these questions!
See, isn't she just FEARLESS? (see what we did there?.. okay, we'll stop now). We absolutely love the single and we reckon it's just the start of an amazing pop career for Kayslee.
Until that inevitable moment when she reaches superstardom, you should follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud, and pop a like over to her Facebook too. You won't regret it. In fact, you'll definitely thank yourself for it.