Sometimes change doesn’t feel like it’s for better or worse, up or down. A change can feel like an across, an opportunity to learn through self-exploration. Kilo Kish has become well accustomed to moving between worlds, both geographically and mentally; from the busy metropolis of New York to the sometimes lonely sparseness of L.A., across the worlds of fashion, music and visual art.
Released via French label Kitsune, Kish’s new Across EP and its accompanying capsule collection, deals with the self-exploration and vulnerability she faced when last Summer she packed up her New York life and drove across country to set up home on the West Coast.
Opening up to us over the phone from her L.A. home, Kish speaks on the new project, getting to grips with touring and performing live, balancing the worlds of fashion and music, relocation and working alone…
How has the response been to the Across EP so far?
I think it’s been good. We kind of put it out in a very chill way. We didn’t really go too hard with like the Hypemachine for it. So I think the response has been how I like things to be. I like people to organically find out about it and have their friends tell them about it, and let it grow over time with the other content we do and all that. So yeah, I was happy about it. I thought people would be a little bit less nice towards it. All of the responses that I’ve heard were good, from my fans and stuff. I thought since it was kind of different people might be weird about it, but it ended up being ok.
And was that the reason why it seemed to just drop out of nowhere?
I mean I’ve been talking about it for a while. I wanted it to be out in February, but we ended up adding more stuff to it and we were kind of just really taking our time and stuff. I don’t really like doing dates and countdowns and stuff, and even though I did that a tiny bit, it doesn’t feel good to me personally. I never feel that way about my music, that it’s this spectacular thing that everybody’s world should stop to listen to. That’s why I like to do it in a very like, “Oh yeah, listen to it or don’t, but either way I hope you like this thing that I made.” Because I do really care about my music, I just don’t have that same ego towards it I guess.