Kayleigh Killick is a UK born singer/songwriter, based in Perth, Western Australia.
She delivers catchy upbeat piano driven alt-pop, with candid lyrics countered by a soulful voice.
Kayleigh's much anticipated first EP is eclectic, drawing upon influences across genres, showcasing bouncy pop melodies over piano which at times break into a guitar-heavy grungey chorus, drop into a folky break down, or hint at r&b grooves.
Whichever direction the songs go, the listener is captivated by Kayleigh's relatable stream-of- consciousness lyricism and innate sense of melody which is hard not to instantly connect with and sing along to.
Kayleigh has put together a live band to bring this captivating sound to life on the stage, made up from musicians from Perth's punk/rock scene who bring an edge, and experience, to her live shows.
The newest single 'mum' premieres May 8th 2022 for Mother’s Day!!
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist? Thank YOU for having me! Well... I don't think I could have chosen a worse time to ease into the music scene haha! My very first show playing my original music with my band was slapped with restrictions, masks and capacity rules. We were unsure if it would even go ahead, but we managed to pull it off somehow. Since then, it's just been adapting to covid and unpredictable times. I feel bad for all those established musicians trying to get by! I've released two tracks this year though, with another coming, so I'm happy with that. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? I think my confidence as an artist has grown massively. I spent so many years wrapped up in this idea that to be a successful musician, you needed to belt out emotional songs with a range like Whitney Houston, but it turns out you can create great pieces just by being yourself. I had writer's block for so long until, one day, I just decided to write real songs. Songs that are quirky and honest and a bit silly, and when I stopped taking it all so seriously, I began to create something that I could showcase to others. How did you come up with your latest project? I actually decided to join a song writing club where I was given a weekly theme and told to write a song around it. One week the theme was 'mother.' I felt a bit lost at first, but when I started writing, with my own mum and my own experience as a mum in mind, the words just flowed. I presented the song to others in my group, and the feedback was wonderful, so I knew this song had to be a mother's day release! Where are you from originally?
I'm originally from a place called Slough, in the UK. Where do you live now? I now live in Perth, Western Australia and let me tell you, every day, I am torn. I miss my family and friends so much. They say this about having a piece of your heart in two places. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Yes and no. I think Perth is an isolated place. However, the music scene here is incredible. On the other hand, I feel I have a lot of support music-wise back in the UK. I come from a musical family, and I do think that I miss out on a ready-made support network (cough cough.. mum haha) and the opportunity to create collaborations with people there as well. What was the inspiration to make music your career? I've always been musical. My dad is a self-taught pianist, and therefore as kids, we had the opportunity to learn from him. I was writing songs when I was like 10! If there is one thing in the world that makes me feel a sense of joy and excitement career-wise, it's music. It's something you can't switch off or turn your back on. It's always there. How do you want to shape your career? Honestly, I don't expect to be touring the world, but if I can make some extra cash and enjoy myself by playing shows where I know people are enjoying my music, I'm happy. Anything else is a bonus. Though don't get me wrong, I wouldn't complain if my journey were bigger than that! Touring the UK... YES PLEASE!! Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? I'm very much going with the flow. I've had to adapt to just taking opportunities by the horns as and when they come, as otherwise, I'd always let fear get in the way. I am a mum and a student nurse first, so I have to plan carefully and make sure I don't take on too much and burn myself out. How did your latest title of your music come to be? The song writing group set the theme, and I wanted to go hard with that theme. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done? I do find it hard to let go of my music, yes. I think you put so much of your heart and soul into something, and it's scary to release it into the world. There are the obvious fears that maybe people won't like what you're showcasing, or it won't do as well as you'd like it to, which happens. I've just had to accept that I can't control that, and if I waited until I felt that things were 100% perfect, I'd never release anything. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music? Yes, it's funny how protective you can become of your creations. They are honestly like my babies haha. I write music based on experience and feelings, hard times, honest and real times, and I'm essentially allowing myself to be very vulnerable by sharing this with others. Once they're out there, they're out there! How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? Honest Where do they go to listen NOW? My linktree has all the usual platform links. https://linktr.ee/kayleighkillick You can also manually search Kayleigh Killick on the usual platforms. What has been the best fan reaction to your music? I wouldn't go as far as to say I have fans yet haha! I have had some lovely messages in the past from people who have let me know that my music has helped them in some way or inspired them, so that's a really nice feeling. Is there anything exciting coming up for you? I'll be releasing my EP this year, so I'm really excited about that, as I'll finally have a hard copy of my work to keep forever. I think that is a massive thing because it's such a long and drawn-out process to go through from start to finish, and to have a finished product will feel like wow! It's finally here in my hands. 'Release an EP' has been on my bucket list for years, yet I never really believed I could do it, so it's a great feeling. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? I do have some shows coming up, yes. I'm excited to be playing at a festival on 7th May with a fantastic line-up. I'll also be opening a show for friends on 20th May. Details can be found on my socials :) Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview! https://linktr.ee/kayleighkillick https://kayleighkillick.bandcamp.com https://www.facebook.com/kayleighkillickofficial https://www.instagram.com/kayleighkillickmusic/ https://soundcloud.com/kayleigh-nadine-killick