Last month we were treated to the introduction of Lina Kay, a singer-songwriter who’s responsible for ‘Best Face’. Not only was it a good reminder to remember to always stay pretty, but it was a debut single that came with a hint of assurance that made it seem as if Lina had been around for years. I really liked it, and am very happy to have Lina back as an interview guest.
Hey Lina Kay, how’s it going? Hey Adam!! It’s going great! Hope all is well with you!
First of all, what got you into and making music? That’s a loaded question. My parents forced me into piano lessons when I was maybe four years old, and I hated it. Absolutely hated it with a burning passion, but my mom said I couldn’t quit until I was nine. Still though, I always loved being a listener, even if playing was torture. I grew up listening to a lot eclectic stuff, mostly due to my mom and her family. I grew up on Rage Against the Machine, Ella Fitzgerald, Björk, Radiohead, and everything in between. I’d like to think all of these very random influences motivated my sound.
But anyways, yeah, I really hated playing. Fast forward to age eleven, and my brother forces me to join our middle school band playing clarinet. I have no idea how, but I really liked it, and playing clarinet was definitely the catalyst for the rest of my journey in music. I continued with it until I turned fifteen, and I think I was just kind of over it. I had a friend who mentioned she was going to start taking vocal lessons just for fun, and I was like “Hey, I wanna do that”, so I did, and then it just kind of stuck. I had another friend taking guitar lessons at the time, and again, I thought “what the hell”. Guitar became my vehicle for songwriting really quickly after that. So, that’s how I got into it!
You’ve recently released your debut single ‘Best Face’. What can you tell us about it? Yes!! ‘Best Face’ is a song that encompasses how self-destructive people can become when they refuse to let go of something they shouldn’t have. I don’t think it’s particularly obvious, but while I was writing it, I kept imagining the song from the perspective of a mistress. Basically, if I could paint the scene, it would be a married man who’s been fooling around with this mistress that’s madly in love with him. The mistress knows that the relationship is toxic, but she keeps the affair going against her better judgement. As convoluted as it is, she refuses to let go because she kind of loves being captive to the situation.
The track highlights self-destructive mannerisms and the realisation of that. Is the realisation focused more on your own self-destructive tendencies or a broader, societal one? Honestly, I think a healthy combination of both. I know I’m not the only person that exhibits self-destructive habits. I’ll admit I’m a lot less self-destructive than I was when I wrote the song, but I know I’m not exempt from it. I don’t think I know a single person that truly has their shit together, or isn’t somewhat self-destructive in some kind of way. Whether it be addiction, toxic relationships, bad habits, there’s always some way to be self-destructive. Why everyone does it? I have no idea. I’m still trying to figure that out. Some people cheat on their significant others when they really shouldn’t, some people don’t shower on a daily basis when they really should; self-destruction can manifest itself in a multitude of ways. We all fall victim to it.
Can we expect to hear new music from you soon? Relatively soon, yes! Nothing more from me for this year, but I can assure you’ll be hearing from me in 2019 🙂
With the year coming to a close, what’s been some of your favourite releases of 2018? Oh, this is such a tough one. My favorite of favorites is going to be Kimbra’s ‘Songs from Primal Heart: Reimagined’. She released her album ‘Primal Heart’ earlier in the year, which is a great record; but she took four of those tracks, and recreated them in this delicate, cinematic way that I can’t even describe. You just have to listen, it’s honestly a sonic masterpiece. Another great record from this year is Liza Anne’s ‘Fine But Dying’. It revolves around living with depression, anxiety, paranoia, and everything that comes along with it. It’s a pretty brilliant record, her lyrics are conversational, yet perfectly creative. I highly recommend it. I’d say those are my two favorites!
What’s your plan for 2019? Lots of shows, and lots of writing. I’m planning on taking a break from school to pursue music full-time, which I’m incredibly excited about.
Finally, if you could close out this interview with one final thought, what would it be? I really just want to thank you for giving me an opportunity and platform to share my thoughts. Sometimes music can only say so much. With all of that being said, Happy Holidays to you and yours!