K.Flay on Spotify Playlists, “Sgt. Pepper “and the power in the words of John Lennon

Musician, rapper and songwriter K. Flay joined host Kenneth Womack to talk about his childhood in a home “Beatles over Stones” his new EP “Inner voices, “(with”TGIF“, his collaboration with Tom Morello) and much more on”All Fab Four“, a podcast co-produced by me and Womack (a music specialist who also writes on pop music for Salon) and distributed by Salon.

Grammy nominee Flay (real name Kristine Flaherty) released her debut album in 2014. She says as a child, “The Beatles were like water in my house aquarium – they were always there”. She would find herself singing songs like “Yellow Submarine” but didn’t know where they were coming from at the time. After majoring in psychology and sociology at Stanford University, she discovered an even greater appreciation for the “wonderfully childish” lyrics of these songs and became more drawn to the “crazy, trippy, and drugged” tunes. of the Beatles, naming “I Am the Walrus”. and the albums “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” as “playful and bizarre” favorites.

When creating his own music, Flay tends to channel John Lennon the most, and his idea of ​​”our society.” [being] run by crazy people for crazy goals “(from a 1968 interview). In his new single” TGIF “, Flay discusses the idea that” celebrating Friday “is a cultural trick to” motivate us to take over the song. work on Mondays ”, and the struggle to“ rise up against an institution and an ideology while being part of it ”.

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However, as she also tells Womack, even though the company and the record companies want to use “genre as a way to sell things”, people themselves are always going to make things more diverse – using the example. from the eclecticism of Spotify playlists and comparing them to the “wild contrast” found on Beatles albums.

Womack comments on how “Beatle-esque” Flay’s musical approach is, in that the two artists seem to explode their work and start over with new ideas and sounds. And she tends to agree, saying there’s power not only in that, but also in crying and sometimes just being able to scream, “I’m the Eggman!” at the top of your lungs.

Hear the whole conversation with K. Flay at “All Fab Four“and subscribe via Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.

“Everything Fab Four” is distributed by Salon. Host Kenneth Womack is the author of a two-volume biography of Beatles producer George Martin, the bestselling book “Solid State: The History of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, “and more recently”John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days of Life. “

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