We had the good fortune of connecting with Andie K and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andie, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I think everyone has those loud, negative voices in their head that say the MOST horrible things. Those insidious voices make us doubt ourselves, make us feel worthless, unattractive and not good enough. But it’s that little voice that lives in your heart, the one that whispers quietly “Keep going” – THAT’S the voice we should be listening to.
As long as the voice in my heart keeps telling me to ‘keep going’, then I’m not going to give up. Following what my heart is telling me is my internal gauge on whether to keep fighting or to hang it up.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the Frontwoman and half the songwriting team for the rock band The Key of F. One of the things I am most proud of is that we made Music Connection’s “Hot 100 Unsigned Bands and Artists” list for 2020. That floored me, especially because we only formed in 2019. It’s a huge honor and my bandmate Marie and I are still a bit in shock about it.
I’m very excited to be in the studio recording our first EP. Our first 2 singles are very different from each other, so we are defining our sound. I love the gritty, swamp-rock vibe to the songs going on the album. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
I think what sets us apart from other bands within this genre is our individual personalities. Marie Pettit is the other half of the songwriting team and she is just this bubbly, effervescent, warm-hearted soul. Then you have the opposite end of the spectrum, which would be me. I’m much more introverted, edgier, and definitely darker. I always seem to have this “resting murder face” thing going on. The polar opposite sides of our personalities have helped us create music that’s not to dark and not too…. Disney. And it works.
Something that’s always been difficult to talk about is the fact that I was viciously bullied as a child. Even as an adult I’ve encountered bullies that have told me I was never good enough, I wasn’t pretty or talented enough, and that I just didn’t have what it takes. This is where that little voice in your heart is so incredibly important. It kept repeating “Prove. Them. WRONG.” I’m glad I listened to it and it wasn’t easy to do. It would have been much easier to give up. But I knew I would never be happy if I did. I might not be the most talented singer/songwriter out there, but damn I am happy doing what I’m doing.
So don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t be. Trust your own inner voice and follow it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I like things that are off the beaten path. I would definitely want to go Ax throwing, because who doesn’t want to throw really sharp murderous weapons around? I’m patiently waiting for Bar Sinister to re-open and have live concerts again- because pandemic. The Gordon Biersch Brewery has some amazing dishes and you can’t go wrong eating at Rodini Park in NoHo. Yet one of my Favorite places where I can usually be found is Ye Olde King’s Head pub in Santa Monica. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My songwriting partner and bandmate, Marie Pettit is truly amazing. I’m very lucky to be working alongside such a talented woman. We write everything together and balance each other out really well.
There is a wonderful support group of friends and family who have always been a light in the darkest of times. Daniel & Brenda Corey, Alexx Calise and Dennis Morehouse, our Producer: Charlie Waymire, and our friend/vocal coach Darci Monet have all helped us tremendously.
And of course, I wouldn’t have dared to write my own songs had it not been for Lucia Cifarelli of KMFDM and her encouragement.. She is an inspiration and I am so grateful to her for being so generous.
Other: Band Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thekeyof_f/
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