Interview: Hayley Kiyoko
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:45:59
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Dream pop songstress talks "Girls Like Girls" music video, This Side of Paradise EP, and more.
Hayley Kiyoko revealed her independent EP, This Side of Paradise, earlier this year, and her video for "Girls Like Girls" has just gone viral. It's been a long time coming for the Los Angeles pop singer, songwriter, and actress. Hayley's diligence and attention to detail paid off in a big way yielding an EP that's both ethereal and utterly engaging. Her vision for "Girls Like Girls" comes to life, marrying a compelling visual narrative with an infectious and unshakable hook. You might've seen her earlier this summer in Insidious: Chapter 3, but really listen now because whatever she does next will be undoubtedly just as divine. In this exclusive interview, she talks about the "Girls Like Girls" music video, the EP, and so much more.
The song "Girls Like Girls" is really catchy and light at points, but you tell an intense story in the video. Do you want the song to musically exude the same effect? When you listen to it without the visual, there's a different feeling.
I feel like I wanted to have the music video be different from what the actual lyrics are. I didn't want to do this cocky, confident music video that was unrealistic. I really wanted to do something people could connect to. It's something raw and stripped down. That's why the song and the lyrics end up being this inner monologue for the heroine character Coley and what she's thinking in her mind as opposed to what she's actually doing. I feel like it ended up being a nice ballad. When you watch the music video, you get a whole new take on the song.
There's a distinct balance in your music between ethereal emotion and attitude.
Thank you! I really wanted to focus on that. It's great you get that from the song.
How do you go about striking that balance? Is that on your mind while you're recording like, "I want things to be catchy, but I still want to say something?"
I mean you obviously want to write a good song. When I was writing it, I just wanted the words and lyrics to be really simple and right in front of your face. A lot of songs I have are quite vague. I tackled this specific subject right there and then, and I tried to be as specific as possible. There really isn't a song that has girl empowerment being carried this way. I feel like it was a very fresh way of going about this topic. Also, girls can steal other girls! Why not? [Laughs]