(Great Escape 2011!) Quickfire Questions #5: K.Flay

By on Friday, 15th April 2011 at 12:00 pm

K.Flay is the stage name of Kristine Flaherty. A girl who grew up outside Chicago, grew up on classic rock, and ended up on the West Coast of America (Stanford University to be exact) studying psychology and sociology, you wouldn’t guess what she’s doing now. She’s one of the freshest voices in the San Francisco Bay Area hip hop scene, offering her unique brand of acerbic wit with rapping and playing guitar. We’re pleased she will be appear on TGTF’s stage at the Great Escape this year. As a brief introduction to her, we’ve asked her to answer our Quickfire Questions. You might be surprised that she’s a Laura Marling fan! Read on for her answers…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
My dad had an old school microphone that we’d plug into a fender amp when i was little. I remember belting out ‘I Am a Rock’ by Paul Simon. Which is a freaking JAM.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
As a kid, I loved a track called ‘Beach Boy Blood (In My Veins)’ by Dave Edmunds. It’s a super trippy homage to surfer vibes.

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘What’s Up Fatlip?’ by Fatlip. The track is so dark and sardonic and funny as hell. “I’m far from hard, emotionally scarred on Pico Boulevard” – that line gets me every time.

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Hope in the Air’ by Laura Marling. the first bit reminds me of a song from ‘a chorus line’ that ALSO makes me cry.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
This is a cheesy answer, but ‘Green Eyes’ by Coldplay.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘2 Far’ by Dizzee Rascal. I used to have a roommate who absolutely hated when I played that track on my speakers, which made me angry, because it’s so dope. Especially Wiley’s verse. “I’m a ninja turtle, you can’t step into my circle” – genius.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘A Day in the Life’ by the Beatles. [Editor’s note: How freakily coincidental that this is the same song Rhydian Dafydd of the Joy Formidable chose for his answer.]

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Margaret Atwood. She’s not a songwriter, but she’s amazing. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is one of my favorite books of all time. [Editor’s note: ‘Cat’s Eye’ is also superb.]

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d probably be in graduate school, doing weird statistical tests on census data.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (I explained that she couldn’t pick a double album.)
First off, that’s kinda strict for heaven. Buuut, I guess I’d bring ‘Live It Out’ by Metric. ROCKING OUT IN HEAVEN.

Catch K.Flay perform at TGTF’s stage at Brighton Coalition at the Great Escape this year. She will be performing at 8 PM (20.00) on Saturday night, the 14th of May.

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