We had the good fortune of connecting with KADY and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi KADY, how do you think about risk?
Risk vs. Reward. When we think of taking risks, this is how we try and frame it. KADY was formulated in a period of uncertainty, fear, but also much excitement. Let us back up a little further. We both had been playing and writing music together, under a different project, and the idea to create KADY was going to be a complete overhaul and rebrand for us. New music, new look, new name. After many discussions, and wisdom from many talented friends, we decided that launching KADY, though it may be high risk, also brought the potential for the highest reward. As we talked more about the transition into KADY, we both realized the amount of risk we have already taken over the past 5 years playing music together. Some of those risks were as basic as the decision to begin writing together, or as big as the first step towards our move to Los Angeles. Whatever the risk in front of us may be, we have always found and experienced incredible growth on the other side. Now that doesn’t always mean success, comfort or happiness is a result of every risk we are willing to take, but there is always growth, and that is what KADY is all about. Adventure. Risk. Growth.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
KADY (pronounced Kay-Dee) is a country-pop band based in Los Angeles, CA. For the two of us, our music and our writing have always felt like a little of this mixed with a little of that. It’s not all that surprising considering our very different backgrounds. One half of KADY (Drew) grew up in small town Pennsylvania listening to country radio, while the other half (Keturah) grew up outside of Philadelphia and has a huge pop and R&B influence. It’s taken time and lots of songs, but KADY is the most genuine and real combination of both our worlds. We want to continue exploring and pushing the boundary between pop and country music, drawing influences from artists such as Sam Hunt and the band LANY. Southern California presents unique opportunities as well in the country music market, and we’re excited to be developing our brand and project here in LA. Getting to where we are today has certainly not been easy, but it’s been the most incredible journey. The opportunity to do this together, sharing the joys and burdens along the way, make it that much sweeter. For us, overcoming challenges and roadblocks often requires we take a step back and view our situation through a much wider lens. Lots of times we like to do this away in the mountains of SoCal. This change in perspective is often the reminder we need, that our identity is not wrapped up in our music, our art or our project. We don’t ever want to define ourselves by the success of our music, but that is often much easier said than done. Having accountability is a huge piece in recognizing and combating those tendencies, and allowing us to be free to create what is most real to us. Another major lesson we’ve learned along the way is the importance of community in our lives. This realization came when we joined a a group of songwriters and artists called LASC (Los Angeles Songwriters Collective). The desire to feel known and accepted, we believe is a common thread among many people, and the community at LASC gave us our first real taste of that in the context of the music industry. All of a sudden we had resources, knowledge, and most importantly relationships. We owe so much to the people in our LASC family, because without them we truly may not still be here in LA, creating music with the most amazing people. If we wanted the world to know one thing about our story, it would be this. We have had the opportunity to continue doing what we love, and over the past couple years have seen growth and opened doors to do it even more, but we know that this adventure and journey is not sustained by our work ethic or talent alone. Our faith has played a huge role in our ability to find joy and purpose in the process of becoming the best artists and songwriters we can be. For us it’s so much bigger than music. We hope the voice of KADY can find ways to impact the lives of our listeners and community, inspiring those who may feel like they need permission to dream and create. We want to love, we want to take risks, and we want to grow. Most importantly though, we want you to do the same. “GO AHEAD, GET LOST.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a great question. We love when friends and family come to visit, and LA is full of so many amazing places, but we definitely have a few favorites. A trip to Abbot Kinney and in our opinion one of the best pizza shops, Abbots Pizza, is a must. Normally we’ll end the day down there with ice cream from Salt n Straw and the sunset on the beach. Brunch is a pretty big deal too when we have guests, and the go too for us is The Rose in Venice. (Yea we like the westside…) For a coffee shop, its Good People Coffee all the time. If we’re being honest, we love living in LA, but we always make time to get away from the city too. We love driving the 1, and if you haven’t, you should. Plus we get to stop at Malibu Seafood, highly recommended. Joshua Tree National Park is one of our favorite day trips, but a little more low key is a town called Ojai. We have found some amazing hikes in that area and are always looking for an excuse to go back. Obviously if we have people visit, we love to take them to a show, and if possible to see one of our friends play. A few of our favorite spots for live music would be The Satellite, The Hotel Cafe, and the Troubadour. All of this to say, we like to mix it up. Show our friends and family a little bit of the west side, the classic Hollywood scene, spend some time in the Silverlake/Echo Park area, and then take a day to get out of the city and show them what we love most about SoCal.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people. We talk all the time about this. KADY would not be possible without the amazing team we have behind us. John Bottrell (producer) has been a huge part of KADY, the sound, and development since day one. Rachel Scarborough and the team at On Beat Management has been working along side us through all of our release campaigns and content creation. We could go on and on naming people who have influenced and impacted KADY. We are seriously beyond grateful and humbled to have a team and family we get to create with.
Nick Moyer Zack Miller