We caught up with with the Australian vintage vixen and heartfelt singer, Kelsy Karter. Scroll down to read more about how this dolly got involved with music, describes her style, and where she pulls musical inspiration from.
Describe your music in 3 words.
Switchblades, Patterns and Tears.
What's your story? How did you start playing music?
I grew up in a really colorful, musical family so i didn't really get a choice, but I'm grateful for that haha. My dad used to be a jazz musician so he definitely influenced my love of music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I would listen to soul, jazz and blues and really resonated with it. That's how I learned to sing. Then when I got older I found rock&roll and fell in love with that too. I was a Theatre kid for most of my life so the stage has always been home for me. "I'm going to join the circus", I'd tell everyone. Now here I am. I did it ;)
We love your vintage style! Who are your top 3 style muses?
Mick Jagger - the one true rockstar, my idol
Anna Karina - she's classic but quirky af
James Dean - the original rebel
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Love, boys, life, mistakes, nostalgia, pain.... listen to my music, and you'll see. It's all autobiographical.
Do you have a creative process when writing a song?
I shut my door, cry a little and see what comes out. I'm not really a planner. music isn't mechanical for me. It's instinctual.
What's on your current playlist?
Harry Styles, Cage the elephant, LP, the Beatles
What's next for you?
I've been working on my album for a year now and it's getting to that time where the world is gonna hear it. We've been creating something that takes commitment and time. I'm not in this to mess around. I'm an outsider, but I dig that. I want the whole damn world to hear what i have to say and I want to spread love and affect change...even long after I'm gone. I sing because it's what I do best. But there's so much more to it than that, especially now, in this time. I was a rebellious kid and I own it. and I'm going to use that to my advantage now. I'm not afraid to be different. and I prefer to live my life as far away from the box as possible. I'll show you how it's done. There's no need to be afraid. Different is beautiful.