2019 has been a big year for Kristy. She became a mum earlier in the year and despite this still manages to balance motherhood while releasing new music and keeping her career moving! An amazing feat to be sure, her latest singles ‘Under the Influence,’ ‘Until I Find You,’ and most recently ‘Heater‘ are certified bangers that will fulfil both the needs of club goers and the relaxing Sunday enthusiasts! KLP has been a mentor on the Music Industry Inside Out website and she has tonnes of brilliant advice to offer throughout our Courses section, which is why we are so glad to be able to present her here on our Savvy Seven feature as well!
What inspired you to pursue music as a career?
I would probably say it stems back to my childhood because I grew up watching my dad write music and perform. He ran a studio from the house I grew up in so I was always very much surrounded by music in my day to day life. I can’t really explain it but I’ve never really considered any other career – it’s just always been running deep in my veins.
Besides making music, what have you done to get to where you are?
I run 2 companies so besides the creative side to making music, there is also a huge business element. I have a great team I’ve built around me but I’ve also always been a very hands on artist that loves to know and be involved in all aspects. I’ve been in this industry since I was a young girl so I think another big part is being resilient! I’ve had a lot of patience and resilience to get where I am (or still be here doing it day to day).
We had a session with KLP in 2016 which is 100% worth your while! Check it out here!
How do you approach developing timelines for your career?
It’s a little easier now as they largely focus around touring or releasing music, but there have been years where I’m just trying to get by and pay my rent! I have over arching timelines an goals but then things always pop up. I’ll have a free week and then one email can come in and suddenly every single day is blocked out! You’ve got to be able to find a balance between planning and also being ok with things suddenly changing and having to adapt.
What is the most significant challenge you have conquered in your career?
The challenge of still being here and still going! I am really proud of the fact that I have been in this industry for quite a long time. Hopefully that’s a representation of my resilience and determination!
What will musicians discover from touring and how should they prepare for it?
A lot of my personal experience of touring is touring solo – so it can be really lonely. I luckily enjoy time to myself but there are definitely moments where it’s really quite isolating. There are some big highs where you’re surrounded by people and it’s loud and fun, then suddenly it’s quiet, you’re by yourself feeling pretty flat.
How should people educate themselves on current industry issues?
Read, ask questions, talk to people who are actually involved in the industry. But also – don’t just learn about them, if you’re passionate about something then try to be a part of the solution too.
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How have you integrated modern technology into your content process?
I try to keep up with everything but it can be all consuming! I go out on no phone dates with my partner from time to time and it’s so refreshing. It’s important to be able to step away from technology and exist for moments without it.
Kristy spoke in a few of our units on Marketing & PR if you’re keen to look a little further into it!