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Behind The New Music – INTERVIEW – Honey, Kile J

Welcome to the feature where we talk to musicians and artists to find out in depth information about their brand new singles and music.

Today we talk to New York artist KILE J a musician that is dedicated to creating work that unapologetically highlights the experiences and nuances of queer people of color. I spoke to them to discuss the brand new single Honey.

Hello! Tell us about your brand new single Honey?

Sure, I was dealing with a lot of shame when I recorded the song, and the process of recording helped me heal from that. I’m hoping that when people listen to it they get a sense of the liberation I felt when in the studio. 

How did the song come about?

I was doing a bit of traveling and I mentioned to a new friend that I met in my travels that I was interested in music, he shared my older demos and connected me to a production team and the rest is pretty much history. 

How long did it take to write?

I wrote all the songs for the EP over the course of a month, this song took the longest because it had the most intricate harmonies and it took me a while to perfect. 

What is the main theme of the song?

The main theme of the song is liberation and what that means to me as a black non-binary/queer person. 

What about the production process, what was the most tricky thing about recording the track?

I love harmonizing and stacking my vocals to achieve a lush effect. It’s not an easy process and sometimes it takes hours, even days to get right. But once they’re right it is so satisfying and it changes the atmosphere in the room. 

How do you approach a new song in the studio?

I usually have a conversation with the producer about what the instrumental makes me feel inside and what I want the melodies to be. Then I start throwing harmonies and lyrics back and forth until something clicks. 

How do you feel on the release day of a new song?

Nervous, I’m an independent artist and so there’s not a huge team behind me it’s just a few key people that support me, so I have to work 4 times as hard to get my music heard. Also, these songs are like my babies so it’s hard to let go sometimes. 

How do you think your fans are going to react to the new track?

I’m just hoping they want to vibe to it or it relaxes them in some way.

Tell us about the music video? What was the inspiration?

The concept mostly came from Luxon films,  they’re an independent production company and they were absolutely amazing to work with. I generally described what the track was about and what I’m inspired by and they began the creative process. We wanted to capture a feeling of rebirth and liberation and we used symbolism to showcase overcoming oppression to access a euphoric state of mind. 

Was it fun to film?

It was amazing, working with such talented people, we had permits to shoot in these awesome locations, I almost cried on several occasions because I never thought something like that would be possible for someone like me. I hope to do it again someday! 

What is your favourite lyric in the track?

 If you wanna taste it, it’s not a sin. 

For those who are new to your music, where can they find you on social media?

@kileatwater on instagram twitter and tik tok

Finally three words why people should listen to your new single?

Euphoric, Peaceful, Joy 

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