Interview: Kathleen Parrish

Kathleen is a musician and artist. Her work is talented and unique. I was lucky enough to have a little chat with her about her music and artwork. 

Hello Kathleen! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

I'm doing great!

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I’ve been writing all my life, music, journalism, etc. I studied voice throughout early childhood up until two years ago with vocal teachers but have been training myself since then. More recently I’ve been refining my composition skills through schooling.

I adore your artwork and music. What inspired you to get into music and art?

Thank you! Music and art have always come as a pair for me. When I’m feeling the need to be creative yet don’t have a melody in mind, I turn to art which often inspires the musical side of my creativity to come out and vice versa. I think it’s important to let different creative aspects feed off each other to create more inspiration as a whole.

What were the major challenges in the early days?

Performing. I’ve never had stage fright but I often found myself worrying over how others would perceive me.

Who inspires your work?

I’ve always been a huge fan of Patrick Wolf. His ability to reinvent himself musically while still retaining his songwriting approach has definitely shaped how I view the necessity for change yet staying true to oneself. I like to change up who I listen to so I’m constantly taking in new inspiration. In the past few months I’ve been heavily influenced by Erykah Badu and Sigur Ros. Two entirely different styles but both super complex and interesting.

How would you describe your style?

I think both my music and art style have a lot of depth whether it’s lyrics or what you’re visually looking at. My music is very honest, driven and though it incorporates r&b and rock elements, it’s still very pop in my eyes. My art on the other hand is more dream oriented, colourful yet simple. 

What do you enjoy most about art and your music?

The opportunity for expression and growth.

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

I’ve been able to connect with so many amazing people! I mainly use Instagram and I’ve met tons of other musicians, fans and artists because of it. Aside from promoting my own creative endeavors, social media allows me to connect with and be inspired by other creatives I’d otherwise never know of.

What's been key to achieving your goals?

Patience! It’s easy to get caught up in thoughts like “why am I not here or there yet?” but success and opportunities takes time.

Do you have any career plans for your music?

Other than my solo work, I’d love to write for more artists going forward. Writing is my first passion; performing has always come second.

What do we hope to see this up and coming year for your Facebook page and music?

I’ve been working on new songs; one that I would like to record as a single within the next year so that will be exciting!

Do you have any advice for anyone going into music or art?

Give it time. The more you practice, perform, paint, whatever, the easier it gets. Make friends with other likeminded people, and be genuine about those friendships.

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

I’m not sure if it’s really creative advice, but it’s allowed me to pursue my creativity fuller. My boyfriend has really inspired and encouraged me to just let go without the fear of judgement others’ may have. It’s taken a long time but by allowing ourselves to create without fear it opens an endless world of creative possibilities.

Please make sure to check out her wonderful website http://www.kathleenparrish.com. She is always updating with gorgeous paintings and music.