The talented Kacey Fifield has returned with a fresh melodic pop sound in her latest release 'Self Sabotage', her third single following last year’s debut album 'Between The Lines'. It's a single that truly showcases a fine vocal from Kacey in an uncomplicated arrangement that also features additional harmonies, produced and co-written once again by former American Idol contestant Robbie Rosen. With a classic pop sound that stands on its own unique merits, the single has become an instant hit, and couldn't wait to find out more about.
Great to speak with you today, thank you for taking the time to meet with us. When did you first start making music?
"I've honestly always loved singing and coming up with random songs based on my life/the TV shows I would watch. When I was 10, I was approached by a music producer who had seen my acting and singing videos. I released my first song, 'When I Grow Up', when I was 10 and kept working on original music after that. Super proud of all my growth since then!"
What influences have inspired your sound the most?
"I grew up watching all the shows on Disney and Nickelodeon, especially Victorious and Big Time Rush, as well as Taylor Swift so those were definitely my earliest influences. Now, I'm super inspired by all the artists I listen to, especially Lorde, Gracie Abrams, Conan Gray, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, and so many more."
Is there a meaning or message behind your music?
"I'd say every song has its own meaning and message but, overall, my goal is constantly for my music to help listeners feel understood. I think truthful music with honest lyrics speaks to people in such a unique way and it's so important for me to use my songs to connect with others."
We've been really enjoying your latest releases, how would you describe the sound behind them?
"My album, 'Between the Lines' came out almost a year ago which is crazy to think about! Sonically, the album is very upbeat and danceable. Some of the songs are self-reflections while others are call-outs. I think the album was the perfect introduction to me and my sound as a writer so my next project will definitely be more intimate and personal."
Let's focus on 'Self Sabotage' for a moment, can you tell us a bit more about the track?
"[It] is reflective and a bit self-deprecating while still maintaining an upbeat tone that makes it fun to dance to and scream the lyrics. Some of the lines are a bit sardonic, but overall it touches on accountability and acknowledging that all of us have made mistakes that ended up sabotaging our relationships."
What is your songwriting process, and what is the most important thing when you're bringing a song to life?
"I usually get ideas at random times, whether I be brushing my teeth or trying to fall asleep. When I get inspiration, I jot down some lyrics in my notes app or record a voice note to come back to later. Then, I take any idea I think has potential and write the song on my guitar or piano. After that is usually when I bring the song to a producer who helps me bring it to life! The most important thing for me is that the idea is truthful to who I am as a songwriter and that it's a story I feel is worth telling."
What’s next for you as an artist?
"I'm always working on new music! There is so much more to come and I can't wait to share my next project with everyone. I'm also performing live at the iconic Whisky A Go Go on August 5th at 9 pm! Tickets are available at kaceyfifield.com."
A few final questions before you go, What advice would you give to new artists?
"I honestly still consider myself a new artist, but the best piece of advice I can give is just don't give up. As cliche as it may be, the music industry is insanely difficult to break through in. You need to truly love what you're doing. You need to make music that you like, not just chase fame. If you stick to who you are and work hard to improve, success will come to you."
What has been your best moment as a musician so far?
Performing live is always my favorite thing! Every live show I've done has been so special to me and I certainly consider those to be my best moments."
What do you like most about playing music?
"I absolutely love connecting with listeners. The most rewarding thing ever is when people tell me certain lyrics or songs resonate with them and their experiences!"
What’s perhaps most striking about 'Self Sabotage' is its authenticity. Part of becoming upstanding young adults is recognizing our own flaws and learning from them. With this vulnerability, Kacey opens another window through which listeners can see her and recognise that although she’s the one who gets to record and sing on stage, she’s no different from them in a lot of ways, writing about the same complexities in life with some variations.
The single is straight-forward and refreshing in its uncluttered approach. As with her previous 2023 releases, the more acoustic 'Selfish' and the darker electronic dance pop of 'Petty' (with Indian producer Nippandab), Kacey Fifield once again delivers a high calibre release with 'Self Sabotage' that continues to display her growth as a vibrant singer and a engaging songwriter.
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