, AKA Kristine Flaherty, is dropping her full-length follow up to 2014's Life as a Dog
tomorrow on April 7th, and in anticipation of the release, we had the chance to chat with her about it a little bit. Hot off the heels of a sold out
headlining tour, K.Flay works best when she's on the road - which is good, because there's a lot more of it in the future. A lot of her new album, Every Where Is Somewhere
, was written in between traveling and dipping in the studio. Her single, "High Enough," is all about being high on a person, which could be more satisfying than drugs or alcohol. And on releasing a sophomore album after such a strong debut - Flaherty says she's not nervous. She's excited
. Check out the full interview below.
KIRSTEN SPRUCH: So you have a new album coming out this Friday, Every Where is Some Where, can you explain the title a little bit?
KRISTINE FLAHERTY: I spent quite a bit of my professional life on the road. One of the things that I've realized in the course of traveling and touring is that sort of both the singularity and arbitrary-ness is anywhere. You know that you could be in a dive bar, on the outskirts of Bayview, Idaho, you could be a having a beer or whatever, but that could be a place that has changed somebody's life. It's just a huge part of their story; the story that they have written for themselves. Anywhere you go feels like it's special but everything is just another place. There's something kind of beautiful about that. It was a real reminder to me about how we write the narrative of our lives. There's a lot of stuff we can't control, like our bodies, where we're born, the circumstances in which we are born, and then a whole host of other things. But, we can control our minds and the way that we construct meaning. That's a real power. I had written "somewhere everywhere" down on post-it on my computer. It was kind of just in the back of my mind and once the album was starting to come together, it felt like every song was an attempt to make meaning, to define those somewhere's for myself.
KS: Can you take me through the process of making the album a little bit? When and where did most of it take place?
KF: The record came about kind of in a "piece-y" session over the last year. And by that I mean instead of locking myself in a studio for six months and doing the record, I was still pretty actively touring. So in between in shows, just getting into the studio and working on things is a nice balance for me. I tend to be more creative when I'm still a little bit physically unstable. Time wise, that's kind of how it happened. And then I did half of the record outside of Nashville, working with a producer named JT Daly, who I actually know originally from his wife. She's also in a band and we started working together and it was just this magical thing right off the bat. I think JT had his own sense of my vision of the songs and he supported that. Half the record we did out there and I did the rest of it in LA. I live in LA now so I guess technically when I was home.
KS: When I was listening to your single "High Enough," I thought it was really interesting lyrically. In a world where everyone is singing about getting high and wasted, you're literally saying that you're already high enough. How'd that come about? What was kind of the thought process behind that?
KF: I think it's just a feeling I have. You know I spent the first 23 years of my life completely sober, so I'm pretty in touch with what it feels like to be just fine, to need nothing. There's something about the clarity of being sober and being present in the moment that is its own rush. I was in the studio when I came up with that riff for the song and it just kind of sparked something in me; this idea of a person, of an experience, being enough. Being enough and not needing anything else. You know, I've certainly written songs about being high or fucked up there's a place for that. But I also think there's a definite place for that opposite feeling.
KS: So, after having such a strong debut album - how does it feel to follow it up with your next full length? Do you feel scared, excited, a mix of emotions?
KF: I'm just excited! I'm not nervous, in terms of fears, which I think about a lot. Let me rephrase, a lot of the bad decisions that we all make, I think are motivated by fear in a broad sense. You know, I think about why situations are mishandled. Why we choose the wrong option, person, job, or whatever it is. So I think about fear and I try eliminate its role in my life as much as I can. I'm proud of how we made [the album]. I enjoyed so much of the time I spent with my collaborators. Every part of the process was so positive and so authentic to me. I think if everyone hates it I would be sad [laughs]. But I think a lot of the joy comes from a real place which is why I loved making this. I feel like the songs are really authentic to my experience and are really honest.
KS: Is there a song in particular that you're really excited for you fans to listen to?
KF: Yeah, I truly am excited for all of them. There's the song that's called, "It's Just A Lot," which at least at the moment is kind of my personal favorite. Just 'cause from a lyrical standpoint, it still feels really true. It really resonates with me that the feeling I had when I wrote it is still a feeling that I'm having.
KS: After your album drops on Friday, what's coming up next for you?
KF: We're doing a lot of promotion over the next two weeks here and in and around LA. Then we just start back up on playing shows in the Bay Area, then Hawaii, then we're touring in Australia for three or four weeks. After that it's just shows forever, out on the road.
KS: Forever touring?
KF: Forever touring. Exactly.
Check out our concert with K.Flay live at The Launch Pad: