Kristen Karma - 10 Questions Music Interview
Canadian artist Kristen Karma not only wields a certificate in Audio Engineering from Hot Sole Music, but has studied voice with Judith Rabinovitch, who has worked with the likes of Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan.
On the stage, Kristen was selected as one of two performers to play the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball After-party and open for Tour DJ/Lady Gaga BFF Lady Starlight in Vancouver. She then went on to work with lil’Jon on her single “Sirens.” In 2017, she opened for Grammy Award Winner Akon. Hot off the heels of her performance, Kristen was selected to play the Lady Gaga – Joanne World Tour VIP After-party once again in Vancouver after Lady Gaga’s performance at Rogers Arena.
On the charts, her recent single “Party Heroes” features her hard pounding electronic dance sound. Released in April 2019, the song reached the iTunes Canada Pop chart Top 20, peaking at #17. The follow-up “Try” reached the Top 30 Pop, while also reaching the Top 100 All Genres chart. Her current single, “Dear John,” dedicated to the memory of her father, also charted in the Top 40, while the video has been selected for several international film festivals. Kristen appeared in the 2019 Women In Music issue of Billboard Magazine.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I've always written lyrics here and there but it wasn't until I lost my grandfather that I start really writing. I wrote a song called "Goodbye"for him, and once I discovered I could let my emotions out that way I never looked back. It became my outlet.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I was shopping at Costco with a friend of mine and we ran into Bif Naked. She came up to me and started chatting about my music, upcoming shows and my video for Dear John which was pretty neat!
What has been the high point of your music path?
After spending two years writing bits and pieces of a song, I finished it and it became DEAR JOHN. This song was written for my father who was a huge supporter of my music but had passed away. Once it was recorded and the music video shot, it took off and has now won awards and placed in film festivals around the globe. I couldn't be happier to see the success of this dedication song.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I like to write bits and pieces and store them on my Notes application on my phone. Once I come up with a solid concept I take out my guitar or piano and start working on melodies and see what works. Once I find a flow I record the demo and come up with the arrangements on my computer before heading into the studio.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
A lot of new artists are blinded by the glitz and glam that local industry personal are putting out there. Artists aren't doing their due diligence and researching things before jumping in. Knowledge is key and is the best way to not be taken advantage of.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? I'd love to share the stage with Avril Lavigne or Lady Gaga. Both have been huge influences in my music and it would be an honor to share the stage with them!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
The rehearsals are smooth and to the point. We run the sets, and work out any issues we have with equipment, song flow, and arrangements. Everyone comes is fully prepared and usually are pretty quick to pick up any changes!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
DEAR JOHN took me two years of writing down thoughts before completing it. I had so many things I wanted to say and portray in the song that would do my father justice and wasn't until I sat down for a writing session that I was able to come up with a clear message for the song.
What's coming up in the future?
I've got a few shows booked coming up in Toronto with a TV Appearance in April as well. I'm currently working in the studio on some new music and hoping to release my album this year or early next year.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Visit my website.
Connect on Facebook.
Listen on YouTube.