Q: From the sound of the lyrics, “Lose Myself” seems to be about not wanting to lose the special parts of yourself when falling in love; did any real-life events inspire this track?
KELSEY OLIVIA: There was no specific event that inspired the track, it was actually just a buildup of thoughts and ideas while I was away at college and I was really overwhelmed with things that were going on in my life and I just decided to translate it into music.
Q: I’ve never been to Cleveland, but know a lot of musicians actually come from there. How’s the music scene out there?
KELSEY: The music scene out here is really cool. We have a lot of big names that come out of Cleveland like Machine Gun Kelly, and Kid Cudi! There are always a bunch of concerts and shows going on here so it’s super cool to be surrounded by a strong music scene.
Q: I love the pop/indie feel of “Lose Myself”! In your own words, how would you describe the music you typically create?
KELSEY: The music I create is typically more pop or pop punk, and typically gears more towards an edgy or upbeat style. “Lose Myself” was a different style of track but it still felt very me considering I listen to a lot of music like that in my own time. That song specifically took inspiration from artists like Tate McRae or Khalid.
Q: I read a little about your writing process, and how you envision the mood of the story while creating a track, which is an awesome and unique way to describe it! Can you walk me through the writing process in making, “Lose Myself”?
KELSEY: “Lose Myself” was a song I wrote in my college dorm room when I was really overwhelmed and honestly lost with how things were going. College itself has been a really unique and difficult experience for me, naturally I had a lot of thoughts and ideas overwhelming me at all times. I am actually a music major, and when I was writing this song I had access to some practice rooms in our music building and I would go to the practice rooms and stay there until 3 am almost every weekend writing and reworking the song, to get to a place that I felt was perfect for what was going on at the time.
Q: If you could collaborate with any musician, who would it be?
KELSEY: I have a few, yeah. I think they would be Khalid, JXDN, Tate McRae, Olivia Rodrigo, and Machine Gun Kelly. These artists are all so different but I truly draw inspiration from all of them, and to be able to work with any of them would be an absolute dream. I admire their work ethic and to be in an environment that is so pure, comfortable, and fun when working on a song is all I could ever want.
Q: Do you remember when you first fell in love with music? Was your family musical growing up?
KELSEY: I have been in love with music ever since I was a little kid, I was always singing or writing even when I was little! I’m actually the only musical one in my family, nobody else in my family sings or plays an instrument, so it’s pretty interesting to be the only musical one.
Q: What’s next for you? Any tours or new projects coming up?
KELSEY: Just more singles! Possibly an EP! I’ve been working really hard on new songs and hopefully will release another next month, so keep an eye out!
Interviewed by Melissa Cusano
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