We had the good fortune of connecting with Kalliah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kalliah, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love this question. Due to my upbringing, where any music except classical music was banned, I would have to say that that has set me apart from a lot of artists. I sometimes walk into a session and say, “hey check out this new tune that is super dope” and my producer will chuckle and tell me that it is an old 90’s song remix. I used to be embarrassed about it, but now I have learned that this allows me to bring something fresh to the writing room. My past has taught me that I have to own who I am as a human and as an artist. And I think that ties into what I want my brand to say to the world. “Be yourself! Own your quirkiness. Own your unique look. Anything that you think is different, OWN it. This makes you you!”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I moved to LA in 2019 and then in 2020, the pandemic hit. However, I am so in love with this city and in my short time getting to know her, this would be my itinerary: I think Friday, I would take them hiking at Griffith Park. I love how beautiful and still it is. As much as I love the buzz of the city, some quiet space is needed sometimes. The first place I ate and LOVED was Lotus Vegan in NoHo. Since it is up on the same side of the city as Griffith, that would be a great stop. Saturday I would probably take them to Urth Cafe for some lattes and healthy breakfast, then maybe walk DTLA, Cakeland in Chinatown, do some early cocktails at Bestia, and some dinner at Olivetta in WEHO. Sunday, I would drive them down along PCH and Malibu, find a little beach to put our toes in the sand and do some lunch at the Malibu Seafood Market. And then I would ask them to please move to LA so we could do this more often.🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first person that truly believed in my dream was my dad. Our family grew up in a closed community where dreams like music were not allowed. I used to sneak into the basement to practice so that neighbors of the community couldn’t hear. Dad was that person that believed in me from the beginning and still asks me all of the latest stats of my business and gets mom cheering for me, too! It’s the sweetest. Also, I definitely think that my fans need recognition in my growth as an artist. I went from a folky sound to a pop sound and they stuck with me through finding myself as I found my sound. I truly love them and their hearts! My management team, day in and day out, are the greatest backbone to my encouragement. They should have “therapist” behind their name as well, haha.
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