Our WorldArts Spotlight Artist of the Month is Kaitlyn Gold! This indie rock goddess hails from Atlanta, but now calls the West Coast home with her band. Her new single Buried Alive just debuted on the radio and should only be listened to when you’re properly ready to rock out. Check out our exclusive Q&A with her to learn about how she got her start, how she navigates the music world, and how she’s used difficult times in her life to create inspiring music!
1) Tell us about how you got started in music?
I’ve really been surrounded by music throughout my life. I grew up in a rather musical family so I did it all…multiple instruments, musical theatre, even songwriting from an early age. I vividly remember the first song I wrote at the age of 8…it was actually not terrible! “Exceptions” ha. I really still structure my songs the same way I did back then, when I think about it.
2) What inspiration(s) do you draw on when you create music?
I really take from my own life. I write about my personal experiences and some topics that make people uncomfortable but they all have a happy ending …they’re more about overcoming and less about anger or complaint. I have a good number of songs that are really about domestic violence and it’s really helped to make that a topic people are open to discussing and I do believe it’s important that we talk about these kinds of things …in the future it may help men or women that are experiencing it to speak out and feel comfortable asking for help.
3) What was the music scene like in your hometown of Atlanta when you were growing up?
It actually is very similar to what the Hollywood music scene has become since I’ve been here. It’s such a familial and supportive community. People go to each other’s shows to go see a good rock show, not to stand back and see how much better they are and be able to say they went. Everyone pushes for the success of each other because they’ve realized that we can all succeed together.
4) If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
Dude, I’d love to go on tour with Kesha. My friend, Jesse, and his band the Eagles of Death Metal recently did some recording with her and I was so bummed/pissed that I didn’t know until after. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall….or just sitting quietly ha.
5) What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song?
Oh man, it’s been years but the first song that comes to mind is River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner.
6) If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
I kinda love the whole wild wild west vibe we have going on in the industry these days. Our careers are more in our hands than ever and it’s a very cool time for music. We’re breaking all the rules. It’s funny how many times I’ve done something, like releasing raw demos, and my older friends in music will just freak out, “Oh, you should never do something like that!” I just smile because things that used to be considered career killers are just bold moves now. I mean it was an impossible feat to get your song on the radio without a record label…two weeks ago Buried Alive hit FM radio in the UK and I’ve pretty much just been a one-man army. The possibilities are very exciting. I think the changes we needed in this industry are really being implemented.
7) WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
It’s actually because of WorldArts and others like WorldArts that I’m able to climb these mountains on my own…I’m not really working alone. It makes me feel like I do have a team. It’s really pretty incredible and it makes me tear up answering this right now. I don’t really know what I’d be doing or how far along in my career I would be without having people like you doing what you do for artists. There’s really no rule book on what steps you should take in being a musician…I feel like we’re all just kind of winging it as independent artists. Every time I feel lost or I start to feel overwhelmed I get a call or email from one of these companies and I’ve got another radio station picking me up…or I’m a featured artist. Just really don’t give up…and use these tools. It really does so much..even if you don’t win it keeps you improving your art and then eventually you do start to see the change and get the wins. I really feel like I’ve come so far as artist just by having people in my corner, like yourselves. WorldArts actually got me my first radio play ever and I’m forever grateful for everything you’ve done.
8) What is the best way you’ve found to market yourself as an artist?
Social media is a wonderful tool…it’s really cool how we kind of are our own publicists now. Really social media and WorldArts, etc. have been the main tools that I’ve used. That and working with smaller growing magazines or really any business having anything to do with music. Ha….it’s beautiful to see the way people are really coming together and helping each other which in turn helps further yourself.
9) Tell us about your latest single “Buried Alive” and the inspiration behind it?
Buried Alive is actually about an ex and really the house that we lived in..it’s always the visual I get. It was a horribly abusive relationship, physically and mentally, and I had almost come to terms with the possibility of not making it out alive, when I got out. The song goes into some of the real life horrors I endured on a daily basis but that if he was going to bury me, he’d have to bury me alive. It takes a lot more than six feet of dirt of to keep me down.
10) What’s next on the horizon for you?
I have three new songs that I’m planning to record this summer with my incredible producer, Skyler Lutes, and my Atlanta-to-L.A. drummer from another mother, Zak Nash. I’m going to release an EP including Buried Alive hopefully by late fall. This is Kaitlyn Gold: the Orphan Age.