Today we introduce to you Kayla L'ayton, a singer with an very unique take on pop/soul. With an interesting tone to her voice, and some great production, she's making music that I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot of very soon!
Well, Kayla was kind enough to answer some questions for us. You can tell that she really is passionate about her music, as she gives some really detailed answers unlike *ahem* some artists. Here we go!
Hey Kayla, could you us a bit about who you are and what you do?
I am a singer-songwriter born and raised in London. I’m driven and hugely ambitious, always setting myself new challenges. I’m passionate about music and I love to write songs so I can tell my story and the stories of my loved ones (with their permission of course). Music empowers me creatively and allows me to be honest without hesitation. The most direct examples of that honesty are shown in my new single “Don’t Let Me Go” and another song from my EP called “Cash Money”.
How would you describe your sound?
I like to think of my sound as “eclectic” or “free” which is how I feel when writing my songs. I think there are heavy Pop, Soul and Indie/Rock influences throughout my EP. “Uninhibited” is very much about expression and honesty for me, like an extract from my diary so my sound is very much dependent on how myself and the person I’m working with are feeling. I think there is something for everyone in the music I make.
Who would you say are your biggest influences, and have they affected your sound at all?
Growing up I listened to a lot of Kate Bush, Seal, The Police, Prince and Lisa Stansfield. Those artists were and continue to be huge influences. Their styles of writing, singing and music production connected with me. Their music is timeless and that’s sticks with me. I can hear lots of the sound that each of those acts have in my own music.
So, what can people expect if they come down to one of your shows?
I always feel so much more relaxed and free when I perform live. I like to be pretty informal about it all which means I can just run with it and stretch the legs out of each song. I’m quite connected when I’m performing live so if there is a story behind the meaning of one of my songs, I like to share it with the audience so they can connect with it in their own way. More than anything, I like to have fun so I do get right into it.
What can people expect from your debut album?
I think an album should take you on a journey that makes you feel a number of emotions on the way. I love epic movie music, the kind that gives you goose bumps and that’s what I want to achieve with my album. “Uninhibited” is just the start for me. There is so much more that I want to do and I have so many more ideas. People can expect the album to take things to the next level, to present themes and life stories they can relate to, to appeal to the music they already love but also introduce new sounds to them. I’m really excited about what the album can and will be.
We love the new single "Don't Let Me Go"! But what does the song mean to you?
“Don’t Let Me Go” is quite a personal song for me. I wrote it only a few weeks after I went through a break up with my ex. I was feeling pretty emotionally vulnerable and lost at the time. I’m a bit of a control freak so feeling out of control at that time was really tough for me. It was a catch 22 situation; I wanted fight for the relationship but I also wanted to be free of the emotions and the heartbreak that made me feel so weak. In the session that “Don’t Let Me Go” was written I decided to write about what I was feeling to get it all out. Picasso (the main producer on “Uninhibited”) started playing the piano chords and the words just spilled out of my pen onto the page without a second thought. I think writing “Don’t Let Me Go” was the turning point for me where I decided to snap out of it and take control of me and my emotions. It was an incredibly empowering process, like an exorcism of sorts. It’s good to listen to it now and see where I was emotionally compared with where I am now. It’s like reading back through an old diary entry.
R&B has been very popular in the charts for a while now, what is it about you that puts you above all the other artists out there?
To be honest, I wouldn't say I’m above any other artist. I’d say that I am just different. What makes me different, I think, is that eclectic sound I aim for. I don’t have a preference when it come to genre and don’t like to fit myself into one either. I love music in all its varied forms. Scroll through my music playlist and you’ll find anything from Evanescence, Portishead, Hudson Mohawk and Little Dragon to Erykah Badu, Ludovico Einaudi, Frank Ocean and Kings of Leon. I like my own music to represent my own tastes without being bound by the constraints of genre. It’s a tough line to walk but I hope to expand on that over time and appeal to lots of different tastes.
What's your favorite song you have written?
There is a song on my EP called “Release Me” that I really love. There is a story attached to that song that was my take as an outsider on a stranger’s situation. I told the story at my last gig just before I sang the song and it really provoked an emotional response from people as they heard the words which was a victory for me because it meant that they connected with it. For me, the production manifests the audible emotion of the story. As a song, I love the way it grows throughout and ends up being something you just don’t expect.
And finally where can your fans (or new fans) find you?
. I’m very hands on with my social networking so I’m always updating all of the sites and connecting with my fans through my pages.
I'd like to thank Kayla for taking the time to answer these questions!
Well, there you have it. A very talented musician, with music that clearly means a lot to her. It's dedication like Kayla's that gets noticed, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time before she becomes massive. So, get in on it now, and check out all those links she gave you above, and go and buy the EP "Uninhibited" on iTunes now!