One To Watch

Production Team LMC Worldwide London Division Photographer: Seye Isikalu Stylist: Aida Dolrahim

FAULT: How has 2011 been for you so far?

Kyla: It’s been great – I released my first single, played my first headline show in London and right now I’m just back from Texas for SXSW, sunburnt.

FAULT:  Can you tell us about your musical background?

Kyla: My parents are huge music fans and there was always something playing at home.  I started out when I was about 5, singing in choirs and playing in orchestras, I did classical singing.

FAULT: What is it like being an artist living in London?

Kyla: It can be a bit stifling – it’s so busy and often feels a bit relentless, which for me can make it hard to write. On the other hand it’s great for meeting new people and seeing amazing music.

FAULT: Who’s your favourite  vocalist?

Kyla: Cat Power.

FAULT: You supported I Blame Coco last year? How was that?

Kyla: It was wonderful. She and her band were so welcoming and supportive, and her audiences were more receptive than we’d ever hoped for.

FAULT: What is your creative process when writing new material?

Kyla: It has to be almost unconscious I think. I like everything to come out in a rush of emotion, words and melody together, usually late at night, always alone.

Kyla at London's Sanctum Hotel

FAULT: Where did the inspiration for Walk through Walls come from?

Kyla: I don’t really like to say exactly what my songs are about because they are very personal, and also because I like people to be able to project their own feelings and interpretations onto the song. But loosely, it is about being very near to someone you love but not being able to talk to them.

FAULT: Do you have a favourite song of your own?

Kyla: Probably ‘Lambs’, or ‘You’ve Got My Heart’.

FAULT: What are you looking forward to?

Kyla: Writing more and playing more.

FAULT: Are you working on any other endeavours?

Kyla: I’m trying to learn how to fly but so far all I’ve got is bruised knees.

FAULT: What can we expect from Kyla La Grange in the rest of 2011?

Kyla: I don’t know. Hopefully the album will get close to being finished, or be finished completely, and hopefully I will be proud of it.

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Kyla: I should think more before I do things.