From an American Apparel model, to a Kanye West back-up dancer, to a signee on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, to Jack Garratt tour support, Kacy Hill's life appears to be something out of a fairy tale fantasy…and it’s only uphill from here.
Currently, the young artist is preparing for her Los Angeles headline debut this Saturday, July 30, at Union Station. We are extremely humbled to present the show, along with our friends KROQ Locals Only and Lyric Theatre LA, as part of our free Summer Concerts Series.
Just days before the big night, we got the chance to catch up with Kacy Hill on her recent and upcoming releases, what we can expect at the show, and which artists are on her Ones To Watch list. Read more below.
OTW: Congrats on the recent "Lion" release! We love the artwork/video for it. What is the story behind that?
KH: Thank you! The artwork was shot by Shae Detar, who I’ve collaborated with previously on my Bloo EP. The covers for “Lion” and my next singles were shot in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, at houses I grew up in or were significant to my childhood. “Lion” is shot at my grandparent’s old home, and I worked with Johnny Wujek to style myself as a more high fashion version of my grandmother. It has been important to me in this album process to create something that is authentic and acts as a real introduction for myself, as an artist, into the world.
OTW: What else have you been up to recently?
KH: I’ve been finishing my debut album for what seems like ages; that takes up a lot of my time and energy. There’s a lot of circling back and finding ways to make it better that I hadn’t thought of before, and bringing out the best in the songs. I’ve also worked on some really exciting shoots that I can’t wait to release into the world.
OTW: Stoked to have you at our Union Station concert! What can we expect at that show?
KH: I’ll be playing songs from my Bloo EP, as well as a couple unreleased tunes! I can’t wait to play L.A. again–it feels really significant and affirming to be able to play a show in the city that’s given me so much.
OTW: Who are 3 artists on your Ones To Watch list & why?
KH: SG Lewis - SG Lewis has the potential to carve out his own niche in music with production that beautifully blends neosoul and electronic worlds, while still maintaining pop sensibility.
Honne - Honne’s album, Warm On A Cold Night, is a stellar example of wonderfully crafted pop music with understated, hooky choruses. They live in a grooved out corner of music, but are entirely capable of injecting energy into everything they do.
Christine and the Queens - I am obsessed with Christine and the Queens… beyond obsessed. I think that she is the pinnacle in female-lead pop music right now and has established herself as a true artist in her performance, videos, style, and visuals.
OTW: What are you working on for the remainder of the year? Is there a particular message/theme to your next album?
KH: In the next year, I’ll have the full length album out, and I want to tour that to death. I love performing, so I want to pack as much in as I possibly can. My album focuses on my life over the two years that I recorded it–there’s a lot about finding happiness, how to be alone, and what it means to be a woman.