Kaki King interview with ChicagoPride.com
Wed. May 5, 2010 by Windy City Times
WCT: (Windy City Times) You started out busking in subways. How did that prepare you for stage performance?
KK: (Kaki King) I learned how to stand up and play for lengthy periods of time and not get distracted. That, and bladder control.
WCT: Lots of musicians seem to come out of your home state. Is there something about Georgia conducive to musicianship?
KK: Red clay, fried okra, Clark Atlanta university marching band, Macon, Appalachian foothills, southern swampland, R.E.M., MLK, Jr., Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O'Connor, WRAS 88.5. Yeah, sounds like music to me.
WCT: You were the first female to make Rolling Stone's "Guitar God" list. What was that like for you?
KK: HA! HAHAHAHAHAHA!! It was kind of like that.
WCT: Junior cut "Sunnyside" is about the end of a relationship, and you've said "every reference to every lyric is true to life." What sort of qualms do you have about making your personal life public (if any) ?
KK: I did realize that putting that song on the record would open my personal life up to more scrutiny than it ever has been. I also worried that it was too much like a private pity party and wouldn't translate to anyone universally. However, a lot of people have been telling me that it's one of their favorite songs and they appreciate that I'm willing to be that open as a person.
WCT: You scored the film Fish Out of Water, a documentary that scrutinizes the Bible verses commonly used to condemn homosexuality. What drew you to the project?
KK: The producer and director were blonde and cute, brought empanadas to my gig in Chicago and asked me to do the soundtrack. So that was a pretty easy sell. Once I realized what a great documentary it was and how much of a labor of love it was for them I was really eager to add what I could to the film. It's a truly eye-opening film, even for those who think they are informed, and it contains a message that a lot of people really need to hear.
Kaki King plays Chicago's Park West, 322 W. Armitage, Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.kakiking.com.
Interview by: Sarah Terez Rosenblum for the Windy City Times
Interviewed by Windy City Times
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