Catch up with Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Kendall Lake then listen to and download her new single, "Rolling Stone".
Could you tell us what first got you interested in music?
Kendall Lake: Music has always been a huge part of my life, my parents were huge music buffs and introduced me to musicals, Barbra Streisand, Etta James, Björk and Janet Jackson at a very young age. It wasn't until a few years ago I started writing and singing professionally, but I've always sang.
Do you remember the first song you wrote?
I actually wrote a song when I was 4 or 5, it was about Christmas presents I wanted, needless to say I didn't receive these gifts. It took me a long time to recover from that incident. I wrote my next song five years ago, I was fortunate enough to work with a dope producer who helped guide me in finding my voice as a songwriter. I'm still really shocked and flattered people like the songs I write.
Which bands or artists have you been influenced by?
My musical library is pretty extensive. Linkin Park, Tool, Madonna, The Dixie Chicks, Lenny Kravitz, Jason Mraz, Elvis, etc. etc. Honestly, the list goes on and on. I listen to everything and I'm inspired by it all. I love music and how people make it! I hope I can one day inspire people, especially future musical artists.
If you were to make a playlist for your listeners, what three songs would you have to include?
If I were to make a playlist for my listeners I assume it's of other artists. I would have to put "Two Princes" by the Spin Doctors, "Passenger" by Deftones, and "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit. A song to dance to, fight to, and have amazing sex to.
How would you describe your eclectic sound?
I would describe my music as anti pop/pop/rock. It's a bit dark, sad, melodic, genre blending but you can sing along and relate to it. I'm not really into boxing myself in, I don't write songs based off the genre, I just do and say what I feel how I feel it. Everyone else seems to want to explain it and put it in a box, I just want to sing and share my music with the world.
What was the inspiration for your latest single, "Rolling Stone"?
"Rolling Stone" was inspired by my need to explain to myself that I'm not a victim. That I'm the reason why I was were I was in life without beating myself up. Too many times I think we overly justify things or think "why me", but "Rolling Stone" is my taking complete responsibility for the choices I've made. Which is so hard to do, I hate being responsible.
Is there anything you hope your listeners and fans are able to take away from your music?
I want the people who listen to my music to know they aren't alone. I want to connect with them. I'm a twisted, weird girl who just so happens to make music. I'm no different than anyone else, we all go through crazy shit and struggle in our own way. I'm making real music about real feelings and experiences. I hope everyone digs it.
What can we expect next from Kendall Lake?
I plan on continuing to share my music with the world and I'm looking forward to touring this year!