From The Archive: 2016

The year of travel- from Aus to Africa- as well as some of my favourite ever photos, I hope 2016 brings a small dose of wanderlust (and fashion inspiration if not)!

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Girl Crush #10: Kita Alexander

Meet Kita…

It’s not often I come across an artist who I instantly love. Whose songs are instantly echoed, played on repeat and shared, force fed and replayed to the people I know just have to hear it, to get it too. Kita Alexander is one of those special artists. At 19, Kita is already a serious kick ass. Having just released her debut EP to outstanding critical feedback from Radio 1, Beats 1 and Triple J- I can feel something pretty exciting is coming. With a sound reminiscent of late ’70s Fleetwood Mac but still oozing something equally as sunwashed, fresh and exciting as bands like Haim- Kita has a sound of her own, and one that you won’t be able to get out of your head either…

Kita! It was such a pleasure pinning you down on your whistle-stop visit to the UK recently, but for those that haven’t come across you before- can you tell us a little about yourself?

Yeah you too! So fun! Well I’m Kita, I’m a singer songwriter from a small coastal town on the east coast of Australia, travelling from home to LA and London writing my debut album.

So, how did it all begin? Did you grow up in a musical household- what kind of sounds did you grow up on?

I didn’t really grow up in a musical family as such, but my family had great taste in music. I picked up a guitar really young and was singing ever since I can remember. I grew up on Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell and Queen and still to this day I’m growing up on those three. There’s still so much to learn from them.

I’ve pretty much not stopped listening to your debut E.P, Like You Want To, and adore the refreshing mix of modern sounds and something a little more ‘70s too. What was the process of writing that like?

Oh thanks! The journey of the EP was spread across London, L.A and home. It was a whirlwind. Probably my first trip overseas by myself and I was thrown into a room with massively talented producers and writers. All I could do was be honest to myself in a time of fiery new experiences. I wrote what was familiar to me. That kept me grounded and creative.

You split your time between L.A and Australia (amongst a tonne of other places), how do you think this lifestyle (and the amazing sunshine) influenced the E.P? What is it you love about there?

Well I think the EP has a very lively, energetic and honest tone. If I look back at all the travel I did while writing it, I’d say that my constant movement heavily influenced it. I feel when you travel there is so much energy required to keep up stamina and a whole lot of honesty needed to get where you need to go. Travel is such a beautiful thing; you’re always meeting new people seeing new places and thrown completely out of your comfort zone. The EP wouldn’t be what it is without the moving and the sunshine.

Musically, who or what inspires you- is there a typical process for sitting down and penning a song?

I have a lot of old artists and bands that inspire me, but paintings and conversations of other people over heard in public also spark my creativity. I’ve got a diary which I’m always writing in. When I’m in the studio I whip that trusty old boy out after I’ve settled on a melody and chord progression then flip to a page where words jump out at me and go from there.

As well as a gorgeous E.P- the videos that accompany it are so in tune with the relaxed, playful feel- which is super refreshing to see! How did you go about making them?

I just asked my mates to help me film us hanging out and doing stupid things. I just sifted through them and made a rookie video. I learnt as I went, they were works in progress for ages, but I spent a long time Googling how to do shit too. Like use iMovie haha!

I absolutely want to talk a little about your stunning style- do you find your music and style go together hand in hand? What inspires the way you dress?

I have no idea, all I know is that I know what I like, whether that be the jacket some chic is wearing walking down the street, or a sound that comes out of a producers computer, or an old film. When I see or hear something I like, I just try and do the same thing. But of course you can never identically replicate something you’ve seen or heard once in passing, so in practice it becomes your own unique style because your memory tries to recollect the inspiration and then your imagination fill in the gaps.

Which other women in music, or otherwise, do you admire or girl crush on?

Jennifer Lawrence, she is a boss, she knows what she wants and she looks hot.

How do you chill out when you’re not busy writing songs and plane hopping? I can’t imagine you ever stop!

Hmm haha! Rarely, but I’m actually on my way home from London now. So I have a full 24 hours to go read my book and then when I land I’m going straight to the ocean and am going to chill out on the beach all day.

You’ve already done so much, and I’m so excited to see what’s coming for you- what’s been the highlight so far? What can expect to see next from Kita?

The highlight has definitely been creating my music with so many insanely talented people. It’s the funnest process, and it never stops.
Hopefully just more good music!

Check out Kita’s music here, relax and enjoy!


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