UK Open Mic

Kailey (ponounced Kylie)

Meet London-born UK Open Mic performer, Kailey (ponounced Kylie):

Kailey (ponounced Kylie)

Hi Kailey, thanks for joining us! Let’s get into it:

Do you play solo only, or also in a group?

Solo

How old are you?

30

Where were you born?

London

Where did you grow up?

Enfield, North London

How did that place influence your music? (if at all!)

London

Where are you based now, and why?

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

What got you into making music in the first place?

My mum and family

What instrument/s do you play?

Singing

Who would be in your top 10 musical influences, and why?

1. Nat King Cole -classical demenour with performances/ stance
2. Mariah Carey (90s/2000s) – high range/ rhythm
3. Whitney Houston (90s) – tempo/ higher range/ versitility
4. Taylor Swift (2000s) – song writing ability/ tempo
5. Amy Winehouse – song writing ability/ tone/ accent
6. Ariana Grande – range/ tempo/ hrythm
7. Tori Kelly (2010s) – range/ tempo/ song writing ability/ toneeeeeeeee (my favourite in 2010s)
8. Billie Eillish – tempo/ stance/ relaxed vibe/ tone
9. Lorde – song writing ability/ range/ tone
10. Jhene Aiko – tone

Do you write your own songs?

Yes

How many years have you been writing songs for?

1

What process, or processes, do you often find yourself using when you write songs?

I go on holidays abroad and find melodies when I am out of the UK.

What advice would you give new performers who are just starting out playing their first open mics?

go for it!

What’s the hardest thing, for you, about playing open mics?

The crowd, I love how they decide what they want on the night, but it’ll be great!

What’s the most bizarre, or fun, open mic, or gig, you’ve ever played, and why?

I have performed on the x factor 2011, same year as little mix. I got to bootcamp, the last 60 acts, i was let go from.

If it’s not already, are you hoping to make music your full-time career?

Yes

What do you currently find the hardest and biggest obstacles to moving your music career forward?

Finding like-minded people where I live, in what I love to do. I currently work in the TV industry (Drama Genre) in London, and anyone with experience in what I do has a place where people call home outside of their own home

What’s the one truth about you that people often find surprising?

I work in TV & Film as an Assistant Director

What’s the most exciting project you’re working on at the moment?

I recently worked on Treason Season 1, a Netflix Series

Do you have your own music video, channel or playlist you’d like to share?

https://www.youtube.com/user/kaileydoku

Where is the main place should people go to find out more about you?

https://www.instagram.com/kaileydoku/?hl=en

What other sites/profiles should people go to to find out more about you?

https://www.youtube.com/@kaileydoku/

We’re done! Anything else you want to share before we go?

No thanks!

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