ACCÜ interviewing Kayla Painter

AvR: Greetings Kayla! What is the best greeting in your opinion?
KP: Do you know, I quite like greetings!  'Hello there' is always a good one, but I'm also a fan of the old fashioned ones, 'good day to you' etc.  I'm a fan of the handshake too for first time meetings.  I like a good firm handshake, none of that wet tissue rubbish.

AvR: You released your EP Auriga online and on tape this year. Was your decision releasing it on tape tied in with the concept of the record in any way?

KP: Yes it was actually. I wanted the music on Auriga to be written and recorded and released all within a very short timescale.  I wanted to do this as I felt it would be an interesting exercise to see how it sounded.  It was an attempt to capture things happening over those few months through my song-writing.  I decided to release it on cassette tape as this felt what might be found in a time capsule.  It felt like a nicer thing to hold and look at in many ways; it reminds me of being a child! I know tapes have been making a comeback for a few years now, and the sound of all the tracks work well with the noise of the mechanics of tape players too.  

AvR: If you could ask me to ask you anything, what would you have me ask you?

KP: I would ask you to ask me if you could think of a question where the answer was ‘Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo’. 

AvR: As well as your amazing music, visuals are a big part of most of your live shows, which I feel marry so well with the arrangements and textures of your work. What was it that made you decide or realise that visuals would become such a part of your live shows?

KP: It's to do with me brain, mate. I think visually, always have been a visual person.  Having said that I sometimes feel I can't see that well!  Whenever I write or create music I use visuals to help me get to abstract thoughts in my brain and tease them out in the form of sounds. I think there is a really deep connection between visuals and the music I write, from the beginning of the processes of writing music.  
I started working with a visual artist, because although I have visual ideas I don't always have the skill to execute what I can see in my brain! So we talk a lot about visuals, colours, textures, abstract ideas, and quite importantly what sounds in my set look like and how they should be visually interpreted.  The way I view it is that sound and image are intrinsically linked.

AvR: You are currently Bristol-based. Any interesting new music, artists or venues we should be keeping an eye out for?

KP: Yeh! There's this great DIY label called Liquid Library who is always putting on ace gigs, releasing interesting music (on tape!) and doing great work raising money for charity.  There's Noods radio which is Bristol based - and often has really interesting radio shows from local and touring artists.  - Definitely worth checking them out.