Blending elements of pop & hip-hop, charismatic musician Kailaya speaks on embracing her own sexuality through the striking uptempo single “Outrageous”.
Kailaya proves with this recent single that she is unafraid to open up about her experiences coming out. The R&B artist addresses her previous lovers, revealing that past relationships didn’t fulfil her because she had yet to get to know herself.
The single was produced by Aubren Elaine, co-written with Paulina Levitan, and mastered by Dariush Apfelthaler, with the official video set to be released on June 14th.
Kailaya has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding this latest musical release & you check out the full interview below.
Hey Kailaya, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Kailaya: I am a singer/songwriter/dancer creating in the LA area! I was born and raised here but lived back and forth multiple times between LA and Kyiv, Ukraine. My dad lives in Ukraine with my stepmom, little sister, and grandparents so I would go and spend time with them. Currently, they have all left and are safe. I’ve been writing and performing since I was a little kid but began singing only a few years ago. I started turning my poetry into music and started to fall in love with it. Then I started training in dance again and felt the most myself I’ve ever felt. Nowadays, I write, sing, and dance altogether to create entertainment that means a lot to me and to the people that relate to my words and visuals.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Kailaya: I like to say that I started to fall in love with all kinds of art when I was a little girl. I was dancing, acting, and writing all through my childhood. It was until I was 19 that I genuinely fell head over heels in love with writing music. Writing has brought out my most vulnerable self.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Kailaya: I struggle with this one a lot. I would say soul R&B. Some of the music is inspired by 90s R&B sound and production. I also would say that I could step into alternative pop at times and even spoken word. It is seriously whatever I feel at the moment I am writing.
You are about to release the new single “Outrageous,” which sounds amazing, FYI. How did the idea to create this song come together?
Kailaya: It all started with a Lil sparkly sound I heard. Seriously, I heard this Lil loop and started to sing over it. I was singing that chorus for months and didn’t know what would surround it. At some point, I wrote out all the lyrics and created a structure for the song, but I had a producer at the time who didn’t pick it up so I held on to it for almost a year. It wasn’t until I met Aubren Elaine and she insisted on producing it that we started to put it together. I also brought it to a talented songwriter I knew, Paulina Levitan, and we reworked the structure and lyrics to be more cohesive and direct. I have been sitting on this one for probably a year and a half, so I am beyond excited to share!
This song features a very in-depth personal message within the lyrics & obviously means a great deal to you. How did you first feel when this song came together?
Kailaya: I felt so freaking good. I have always been so eager to share every part of myself with anyone that wants to listen. This ended up being perfect timing for Pride month too. I am out and proud and absolutely love being another voice in the queer artist community.
Did you always plan to release “Outrageous” as a single?
Kailaya: I did! It just felt right.
What can fans expect from the music video set for release on June 14th?
Kailaya: Ohhhhh my goodness. Well, first of all, they can expect a group of passionate, talented, and queer dancers/actors. Second of all, I even incorporated some LGBTQ+ history in some shots which I will be very excited to talk about as well. I printed out some articles written on people who struggled with coming out in the public eye. I also had my girlfriend, who is a talented digital artist, draw art that resembled her personal state of being before she was able to come out. I also want to clarify that you never NEED to come out to anyone but yourself.
If listeners could take anything away from this upcoming song, what would you like it to be?
Kailaya: That we all got out own journey but we also all got each other. There is so much love in this world we could give each other and so much space for it. This is obviously a very positive outlook and I have been lucky enough to grow up in a progressive area, but I do hope that whoever my music reaches and wherever they are, I can be someone that reminds them that they’ve got love being sent their way from other’s who can relate to them.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Kailaya: That I am ready to entertain baby!!! I am coming full force with some amazing singles this summer and visuals as well. I’m just tryna have some damn fun with y’all OKAY!!! 🙂
You can check out “Outrageous” on Spotify below or via further platforms here.