We had the good fortune of connecting with Katya Grasso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katya, what matters most to you?
For me, authenticity has been a driving force throughout my career as a musician. I find that the songs that arise organically from my own experience and emotions are the ones that I am connected to most. It hasn’t been easy though, as sharing these songs means leaning into a lot of my vulnerabilities.
When I first started my journey as a songwriter, I let the fear of being vulnerable take up a lot of space in my mind. I was hesitant to release my music into the world because I was afraid the songs were too personal. It felt like I was reading my diary to everyone that I knew…with a loudspeaker. Over time, I realized that telling stories that dive deep into the intricacies of emotion is what can connect musicians with their audiences. That’s what has always drawn me to music in the first place: the sense of a shared human experience.
Authenticity in music can also mean removing any preconceived notions about how a song should sound and creating something that feels genuine, even though it might not necessarily align with what is trending at the time. I find that I admire the artists most who push the boundaries of structure and genre to create something entirely unique.
There is a large amount of risk in creating music that is authentic to one’s own experience but embracing this value is something that has helped to keep me inspired throughout the last decade as a musician.
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’m Katya Grasso and I’m a singer/songwriter based in OC and Las Vegas. I love to tell stories about love and nature using my acoustic guitar.
I began my journey as a musician in 2012 when I first picked up the guitar in college. I learned how to play with the help of a friend and Youtube videos. I was living in Eugene, Oregon at the time and started attending open mics every week as a way to build confidence and share the new songs that I was learning. There was one open mic at this artisanal coffee shop with a little wooden stage that I was obsessed with, but it was for original music only. I didn’t have any originals at the time so this inspired me to start writing my own songs.
Since then, I have played at concert venues, weddings, wineries, and restaurants. I play all of my original songs, along with a curated setlist that includes over 100 covers. I also am a vocalist and songwriter for electronic dance music artists. My song “Fog & Fear” with Los Angeles producer Great Dane was my first song to reach over a million plays, something 18-year-old me would probably not have believed.
I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing support system, which includes my fiancé Kyle, my family, and my closest friends. They have all helped get me to where I am today. I released my first album “To Keep What I Love” in 2019 and I am currently working on my second album.
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?
My favorite place in Orange County is Laguna Beach. I lived there for the majority of my 20’s and loved spending warm days wading in the turquoise waters and trekking through the network of hiking trails that are perched on top of the city. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am today without my fiancé Kyle. He is my muse, my biggest supporter, and my favorite face to see in the audience.
Kyle Moore and Chyna Dixon