Singer-Songwriter KANDLE OSBORNE Discusses Creating Her 4th Collection and Much More!
Canadian singer-songwriter Kandle Osborne recently put out her fourth EP on July 31st called “Stick Around and Find Out.” “How Can You Hurt Me” and “Little Bad Things” were the first two tracks she released from this collection. To make this album, Kandle streamlined her focus and vision. She stepped into her self worth with the confidence of a true veteran who is capable of taking any situation and finding an opportunity for a deeper emotional connection. If her past has provided catharsis, her future is all about empowerment.
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Learn more about Kandle Osborne in the following All Access interview:
Given these unusual Covid-19 times, what does a typical day look like for you? How have you adjusted to these times?
A typical day typically consists of running my business independently and trying to divide my time between being a business woman and a creator. And I make time every day to at least go for a walk. I’ve ended up making BC my home and feel lucky about that as I have my family around me. I’m also grateful to have a full workload on my plate so I don’t have time to ruminate about worries and stresses.
What has been the hardest/most challenging part about being quarantined? Is your city starting to open up more now?
Saying good-bye to my former life and some of those who were in it. And realizing I’ll never be going back to what my life once was. Going forward is the only way.
Yes, Vancouver and all of BC have moved into phase 3 of the province’s re-start plan. I’m lucky to be living in a province that has been the most successful in containing the pandemic – so much so that our provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, was featured in the New York Times.
How have you been able to use social media during these unprecedented times? Are you finding that you use it even more now to stay connected to fans and other musicians?
Social media seems to be pretty much all we have to promote to our fans now. With the loss of live shows and in-person media where you always meet new fans and friends along the way, social media is the new way of life.
It certainly feels different – more one-dimensional — to rely entirely on social media to connect with people.
What has it been like having to re-schedule your spring, summer and fall shows? What shows in 2021 are you already excited for?
I really miss playing with my live band. And I was really looking forward to playing my new songs for a live audience. But my musician friends and I remain hopeful that we’ll be back out there again soon, bringing people together to connect, be inspired and just enjoy the wh0le live music experience once again.
Since we are all desperately missing live music, can you recall a favorite show of yours from the past? What do you think ultimately makes for a great show for you? What about a favorite show of someone else?
I loved playing Montreal’s Osheaga festival. Montreal was my home base for 7 years so it was practically in my backyard. The festival was always filled with friends in the audience and other great acts. Playing on the same day as Jack White and Nick Cave and finishing the night off at the backstage buffet made the whole day extra special.
The last amazing show I saw was Michael Kiwanuka at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver where I found myself alone in the front row crying and singing along, feeling spiritually moved.
What was it like releasing your 4th album last month? What was it like putting this collection together during the pandemic? Did anything surprise you about the overall process?
As it was my first independent release, there was a steep learning curve as I now have to wear all the hats as boss lady. I’m constantly needing to re-strategize with the changing times and figure out how best to engage with fans without touring and label support. This collection of songs was done over the year I was living a nomadic life. Each song was recorded in a different city by a different producer, with the exception of one tune, and each was basically done in a day. I wasn’t allowed to release anything at the time and I was pretty broke but I wanted to continue to create. I surprised myself with my own resilience during a difficult time in my life.
Let’s talk about your inspiring single, “Better Man.” How did this song get written? What first inspired you to write it? How does it compare with the rest of your 4th album?
The song came from a place of no longer wanting to feel like a victim. I was ready to take my power back and voice my experiences with courage and strength. Sonically, the song stands out because of how I recorded it. This song was made with a country producer and a rock producer in Nashville where I was open to, and excited about trying a different approach than what I’d envisioned for the song when I wrote it.
I’m curious to know how you think you have grown as an artist over the years? Has what motivates you to be a musician changed at all?
I’ve definitely grown in every way. I’ve learned so much about the business and about songwriting, and I’ve gotten better. Most importantly, I’ve learned to trust my own vision for my music and not be told what to do by others when I’m not in agreement. When you’ve been through everything I’ve been through, you have to be in the business for the right reasons and that’s not for money or fame but to connect with people. That’s what matters to me the most.
How do you think future music is going to be influenced by this incredible and absolutely necessary Black Lives Matter movement that the US and even the world is going through now? Is it inspiring you and your music today at all?
I hope that more people will finally realize that most of the great music that inspires us and is currently being produced comes from the black community. As for future music, I think we can expect that many artists will express and transmute their own and the collective’s suffering and pain into music that will speak to this time in history and influence change. I think there’s going to be a lot of powerful music coming out in the next year about these experiences and hopefully people will be comforted, educated and united by it.
If you could get into the studio with any artist today and collaborate on a new song for you, who would it be and why?
Michael Kiwanuka in a heartbeat. As a kid growing up influenced by classic rock music, I found out in my early teens that nearly all my heroes weren’t around anymore. Discovering Michael Kiwanuka’s music and watching him grow, evolve and reach the heights of a great career has been really exciting. I’ve gotten to fall in love with music that’s being steered back in the right direction away from computerized, soulless, over-produced crap. It’s raw and real music with soul and I’m getting to witness that in real time.
Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers?
I’m grateful to have people supporting me after all this time and I’m excited to share what’s coming next, my new album this Fall.