“On The Go” Kaylee Johnston Interview and #Giveaway

Kaylee Johnston, Canadian pop singer/songwriter based in Vancouver, is gearing up for the release of her self-title debut EP on June 3, 2016!

Between meetings, rehearsals, appearances and performances, Kaylee has a crazy schedule. She’s a fitness enthusiast and regularly uses yoga to center herself. Being the down to earth artist that she is, she took time out of her busy day to have an email interview with me.

Q: Most people don’t realize how much songwriting can take out of you, how does yoga help your creative process? What’s your favourite pose/class style?

It’s interesting, songwriting really energizes me, it’s all the other stuff that tires me out! When I’m feeling stagnant and start losing clarity, yoga is like my reset button. I tend to like the more relaxing kinds of yoga like Hatha and Yin. I’m really active so it’s nice to slow it down and work out built up tension. My favourite pose would have to be Pigeon! Gotta love those hip openers.

Q: I hear you are a fan of dinosaurs! What is your first recollection of their significance in your life? Have you ever thought of incorporating them somehow in your music and/or videos?

Hahahahaha I don’t know where that obsession came from. Since I was a kid I loved them, and then when I watched Jurassic Park I was hooked! Maybe someday I’ll have a dino-theme music video… that would be paradise.

Q: I’m sure you’ve been asked about your favourite Canadian artists/influences etc. Could you tell us your unexpected musical influence, someone no one would ever guess?

I grew up on The Rankin Family! They’re a country/folk group from Nova Scotia and they are awesome. I listened to them with my family when I was a kid and have had a soft spot for them since.

Q: Your current genre is pop, would you be open to a fusion with another genre? Which one and why?

I’m a big fan of Aaliyah, TLC and Destiny’s Child, and have always loved RNB and Soul Music. I would definitely love to incorporate more of that into my music as it evolves.

Q: If you could perform anywhere, where would it be and why? (P.S. you should come to Winnipeg – we are passionate music lovers!)

I’ve been to Winnipeg! I know! Can’t wait to go back. But, if I had to choose anywhere… I’m kind of dying to go to Japan. Everyone says it’s crazy there, in the best way, and I’d love to soak it up and see what playing a concert there would be like.

Q: “Getting Over You” is a powerful song with emotional lyrics, what’s the next release like?

The whole EP is pretty emotional in my opinion. I’m still deciding what the second single will be, but I’m thinking of going with a song called “Caught In the Thick.” It’s about being stuck in emotional purgatory, knowing that letting go will be better and feel better, but being strangely comfortable in discomfort.

Q: How do you prepare for an album/EP release? What’s involved?

It is a constant learning process. I feel like I’m still getting the hang of it. There’s lots of behind-the scenes logistics, but for me, the biggest thing has been all the emotional stuff that’s come along with it. I’ve worked on this project for 3 years and now I have to ‘let it go’ in a sense! But I will say, the more I embrace this next chapter, the better I feel and the more exciting it becomes.

Q: What’s next on the horizon for Kaylee?

Lots of shows! Currently planning a tour this fall, and I have a few summer festivals lined up that I will be able to announce soon 🙂

She’s pretty awesome right? I’m hopeful that she will come to Winnipeg soon and we can meet up in person!

In the spirit of our interview, Kaylee and I felt it only appropriate to giveaway her CD and a few great yoga basics by GAIAM to the PegCityLovely readers.

Kaylee Johnston

The  prize  pack  includes:
(1)  CD  copy  of  the  new  Kaylee  Johnston  EP  –  Value:  $5.00    
(1)  Gaiam    On  The  Go  Yoga  Mat  Carrier  (Fuchsia)  –  Value:  $22.99  
(1)  Gaiam  5mm  Premium  Reversible  Yoga  Mat    (Be  Free)  –  Value:  $39.99  
(1)  Gaiam  Yoga  Block  (Radiant  Orchard)    –  Value:  $14.99  
TOTAL  VALUE:  $82.97

GIVEAWAY TIME!

You’ve read the interview; what didn’t I ask that you would have?

Good luck!

35 Comments

  1. Andrea L
    June 2, 2016 / 9:53 am

    I would ask her about how her music and sound has evolved over the years and whether her musical influences and tastes have changes as well.

  2. heather sibley
    June 1, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I wo uld ask how long she has been doing yoga

  3. Caryn Coates
    June 1, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    I would definitely ask when she started doing yoga. Awesome job!

  4. Ira
    May 31, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    I’d ask: what is your favorite go-to food?

  5. Cheryl
    May 30, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    I would ask her about her family and background 🙂

  6. Carole Dube
    May 30, 2016 / 9:46 am

    I would ask her when she started yoga!

  7. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    May 29, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I would ask her about her family and where she likes to go to on holidays

  8. Courtney
    May 28, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    You did a great job! I’d ask her how long ago she started doing yoga and why

  9. Victoria Ess
    May 27, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Who is the musician you would love to collaborate with most?

  10. Natalie
    May 27, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Favourite song by The Rankin Family? (Love them!!)

  11. Paula Ritchie
    May 27, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Where is the most exotic place you travelled to sing?

  12. May 26, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Who is your female/male Canadian? artist role model

  13. Lisa bolduc
    May 25, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Favorite thing about being on the road

  14. Nicole Jang
    May 25, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    If you were to be able to collaborate with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

  15. jan
    May 25, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Does the travel to perform take a toll or does it energize?

  16. Donna Sousa
    May 24, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Do you have a go to snack that you must have when you are creating new music?

  17. Tina L.
    May 24, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    What is currently on her playlist.

  18. Tracy D
    May 24, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    She likes the Rankins?!! Awesome! I’d ask what her fav Rankins song is, so sad we’ve lost some of that family. Very talented.

  19. Linnea Morgan
    May 24, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    So far in you career what has been your favourite show that you have played?

  20. Toby
    May 24, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    If you could pick one artist to do a duet, who would it be?

  21. Heidi c.
    May 24, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    When did you decide on music on a career?

  22. Lana H
    May 24, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    What is your favorite yoga movement?

    • May 24, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      I love all the warrior poses… I always feel so empowered and strong afterwards! So I guess any flow that includes them 🙂

  23. Bernice
    May 24, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    when did you start doing yoga?

  24. Jonnie
    May 24, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I would have asked what her favorite album is by another artist

    • May 24, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Robyn – Body Talk, Fleetwood Mac – Rumours, and Hot Fuzz by the Killers!

  25. Andrea Robin
    May 24, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    What songs/ artists would be on your ideal playlist?

    • May 24, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      Hmmm, right now I’m really into deep house, Betty Who, Jessie Ware, and this Swedish pop singer named Lapsley. So a combination of those?

      • May 24, 2016 / 2:46 pm

        The best playlists are always combos, in my opinion. Thanks for the reply! (I’m a yoga mentor so I’m stoked about your giveaway!)

  26. Jen
    May 24, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Who are your musical inspirations?

    • May 24, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      I love a combination of the classics and the contemporary… Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Robyn, Taylor Swift, and Marina and the Diamonds!

  27. Stacy k
    May 24, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Where has been your favorite place to preform? And where is one place you dream of performing one day?

    • May 24, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Hey Stacy!

      My favorite show thus far was at the Sound Academy in Toronto opening up for Dragonette. It was so surreal! But my dream place… probably Coachella 🙂

      xo Kaylee

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