Q&A: Caity Krone


Questions by Kelly Peacock.
Photos by Myrah Sarwar.

When were you first introduced to music? 

Performance wise, my first experience was singing “You Are Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera (in a dress that looked like a carpet in an old folks home) at the fifth grade talent show.

Was it a gradual process of falling in love with this passion or was it an immediate thing?  

I’ve always really loved to sing, that always came very naturally. Getting the courage to go out and play gigs and write my own music took a while. 

Do you prefer writing original lyrics or singing covers and your own songs or is it a conflation of everything? 

I’ve always really enjoyed singing covers of old songs that inspire my original music, but not if I don’t think I can do justice to the song. I feel like the most unforgivable musical sin is a bad cover of Dreams, Landslide, or The A Team. Just…don’t. 

When you are writing lyrics, do you write it for yourself or for the listeners or a bit of both?

Most of the time I’m writing lyrics when I’m feeling something so intensely that I can’t physically hold it inside. Writing it down makes me feel like the pain (or happiness) lives on the page rather than stuck inside of me. It’s nice. I also think if you’re writing what you think people want to hear, you’ll never succeed. Someone once told me that if you’re honest, people will respect what you’re doing, and that really stuck with me. 

For your song “If You Only Knew”, how did the process go, lyrically and musically?

I wrote the lyrics for the song when I was 17 on a plane home from Miami. I brought them to the guys who I was in a band with my junior year of high school and told them how I wanted the song to feel (god knows how they made sense of my rambling about that) and somehow they came up with these gorgeous chords, and then I sang the melody over it. That bit happened over the span of an hour in a basement in The Palisades (in LA). 

Do you have plans to post more original songs on Sound cloud or even YouTube? 

Yeah! I have some demos up that I like but deep down I’m not too sure about. I’m writing with different people and working on getting a group of songs I’m really proud of and then putting them up online. I feel like there’s such a pressure to put out music to keep people interested or just to say you have something up, but I’m just trying to take my time and make something I’m proud of without letting myself procrastinate on putting tunes up because I’m scared I’ll fail. That was sort of the reasoning behind throwing all the demos I’ve done up on Soundcloud- just to see if people like them. 

Who are some of your musical inspirations? 

Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Parton, and loads of old motown artists. Ed Sheeran inspired me to write my first song. Lin Manuel Miranda has been a major inspiration since In The Heights. I’ve been listening to Common and old Biggie and Nas for phrasing ideas lately. Stevie Nicks is also my idol. 70’s classic rock, singer/songwriters, and motown are my driving influences. 

If you could perform or record a song with any artist of any genre, who would it be and why? 

Toss up between Stevie Nicks, Ed Sheeran, and Lin Manuel Miranda. All of those people have inspired my writing immensely.

Any upcoming projects you can share? 

I’m just taking my time writing right now, nothing too exciting! Hopefully I’ll have my first song on Spotify and iTunes later this spring and play a few shows in Los Angeles.

Describe yourself in one word. 

I wasn’t sure how to answer this question so I asked my mom and she said "spectacular". She’s totally not biased though. 

Follow Caity:  Soundcloud / Twitter / Instagram

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