Kymberley Kennedy1Yorkshire based singer, songwriter, producer and mixer Kymberley Kennedy talks about her 12 track mixtape ‘Cycles’, written about love, sex, regret and sorrow, its out now from her website. The first EP from the mixtape will be available soon…

First up…Can you talk about your 12 track mixtape ‘Cycles’?

With ‘Cycles’ I’ve mainly written about love, sex, regret and sorrow – all stages a person can go through in relationships and I think a lot of people can identify with that. I wanted to have fun with this record though and let myself go which is how songs like ‘Enabler’ and Make Me Wanna’ came about. ‘Cycles’ starts almost like a relationship – with uncertainty, doubt ‘I Decide’ and moves into more playful realms before reaching the more amorous stage with songs like ‘I Need Your Lovin’’.

It ends with the same lingering feelings that you get when you come out of a relationship with the song ‘Why’. It took me about 6 months of nonstop writing and recording in my own home studio, but I’m very happy with how it turned out. Those who sign up to my mailing list get 2 bonus tracks – ‘Great Gig In The Sky’ (Pink Floyd cover) and ‘All I Wanted’ (as featured in the movie ‘Syrup’ with Amber Heard and Shiloh Fernandez.)Kymberley Kennedy2For you new video you were covered in black treacle, crawling through caviar, having a scorpion crawl over you…Can you tell us more?

I can’t tell you too much about it other than my co-star, Brian the Scorpion, was a gentleman except for the time where he pinched me. It was a long shoot and everybody was really professional. (A massive thank you goes out to the director, Linden Feng.) What I will say is that black treacle is ridiculously hard to get off your body. I have never had so many people (the entire crew) cleaning me at once.

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. I usually draw from my own experiences or the experiences of those I’m close to. On occasion I’ve been known to write music without quite knowing where it’s going and that can be a really exciting and explorative feeling. Song writing is truly cathartic and it often helps me to deal with anything that I’m going through in my life. That’s the beauty of music.Kymberley Kennedy3Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

My parents are major influences as people, working with children and for the government. My musical tastes are pretty eclectic and I love just about anything from ‘Glory Box’ by Portishead to ‘Simon Says’ by Pharoahe Monch. I’m not particularly picky in terms of what I like, but there has to be something about a piece of music or a song that makes me sit up and take notice.

Who has helped you the most get to where you are today?

I think my dad helped me a lot. He was an incredible musician and, though he wasn’t the best singer (he would absolutely tell you that himself) he could play just about anything from piano and guitar to trumpets and clarinet. He also produced music himself. He was always very encouraging about music.

Are you planning any live shows and what will they be like?

My band and I have a few live sessions booked at the BBC, a few festivals coming up and a headline show in York in July. The line up for the York show is really amazing – we’ve got support from Byron Street Social and According to Eve. Both truly awesome acts and we can’t wait to perform with them again.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

I think it would be amazing to work with Massive Attack. I’d like to think that would be a little unexpected too.

What are your dreams and goals?

I’d love to win a Grammy and an Ivor Novello. Small goals, you know? I’d like to have a UK/ European tour actually.

What do you have planned next?

We have plans to release a few EPs over the coming year and of course the video of me with my co-star, Brian the Scorpion.

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Photos by Paul Scala