Today I got a pretty special treat for you: an exclusive interview with one of the most talented songwriters/singers of the trance scene, I am happy to introduce you to the lovely Kimberly Hale from the United Kingdom!
Let me tell you that her angelic voice and magical lyrics will charm you and bring you to another place, she will cast a spell on you…you have been warned!!
With a string of emotionally and stylistically diverse releases and compilations through multiple dance labels including Statement!, Armada, Amsterdam Trance, Raz Nitzan, Sir Adrian, Discover Group, EMI, and more…Kimberly’s tunes and collabs have been supported on worldwide radio shows and DJ sets by the top international superstars Armin van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, Paul Oakenfold, Max Graham, Andy Moor, Lange, Judge Jules, Simon Patterson, Marcus Schossow, Nifra, Ruben de Ronde, Susana, Audrey Gallagher, Jes, Beat Service, Pedro del Mar, Omnia and many more…
So, let’s welcome Kimberly on TheBackstageAccess!!
K: Thank you so much for asking me to be here with you and your readers, Jess!
J: Could you tell us how and when did it all start in the music industry for you?
K: I do distinctly remember sitting in the bathtub when I was 3 years old and saying to myself that i was going to be female Elvis when I grew up. haha My parents watched a lot of Elvis movies in the Bible belt. After that it was piano lessons and southern baptist church choir at quite a young age. I think for a lot of us, music is a lifetime path!
J: What inspires you when creating a tune ?
K: A few times it has been a choice between having a nervous breakdown or writing a song. Crises are very fertile moments for songs and some of my best received tunes were written in those moments. Plus I saved some money that would have been spent on therapy! haha
Otherwise, I would say when writing on piano I need a lot more internal and external inspiration — life events and strong feelings, poetry, or listening to so much of the great music we have in this genre for example.
Writing over tracks, it seems to be a lot more instinctive and things just sort of come to me out of the air.
K: Thank you Jess! It’s funny you single those tracks out as they were the first vocals I wrote over tracks in a very long time! Most of the other releases I have had recently have been me starting with nothing but my piano and having to write the structure/chord progression as well.
Suddenly, not only did I get the tracks given to me first, but super fun and inspiring tracks that made my job really easy! They both came out very effortlessly and I freestyled it completely.
“Moment Of Truth” was such a blast and inspired me rhythmically.
“All In” was so melodically developed that I felt the only choice I had was to follow and dance around with Ruben’s lead which made it very simple to write! The lyrics and words i did not think about at all either. They literally wrote themselves. i edited slightly in the honing stage.
J: Are there any artist you would love to cooperate with?
K: I don’t know why I always feel coy when someone asks me this question! It’s not like you’re asking me something naughty! hahaha
J: If you were not a singer what else would you like to do?
K: There have been times when I had so many friends coming to me for counselling that I could have been a full-time therapist/ muse! I’m an enfp so that is definitely in the skill set! I really want to write a novel one day!
J: For those who are not familiar with the whole creative process, could you explain a bit how it works for you when you are asked to write something ?
K: It’s definitely a different process when I am writing on piano or over a track as I mentioned earlier. But one thing is that for both, a physical warmup is very important and I always seem to do better when I stretch out completely like I am about to pole vault or something like this. 😉 I think any tension in the body can inhibit flow!
I can write songs quickly but I generally spend a couple weeks at least perfecting and honing as they always get better when I do that. I am normally not happy with the lyrics unless they seem to have multiple meanings and I have three points of view which I typically like to incorporate. I test each song this way to make sure they hold up most of the time. I’m not sure if anyone else notices it or not, but it’s important to me! haha
J: The most important tune to you so far and why?
K: It’s really hard to say on that one as many of my tunes have been instrumental in leading me to another place. Sometimes you only get one opportunity to move a certain direction and each of those markers has been a moment of truth to me 🙂
J: What do you love to do in your spare time ?
K: socialising with friends, health and fitness, i’ve been taking ballet classes lately too.
J: Your relationship with social media and your fans ?
K:I really wish I could figure out a way to better reach the fans on Facebook. Since they started with the algorithms, i think it’s really made everything feel so stagnant. I’ve thought about sending smoke signals! haha I feel pretty sad and dejected in there now! And most of all, I feel really terrible that it’s so hard to reach the fans. :'( At least Armada music and A State of Trance posted some videos of our music lately which did receive a nice response so I was grateful for that.
On a bright note, my instagram seems to be doing better a tiny bit and I’m finding the nature of the site a lot more calming, fun and positive than Facebook at the moment.
J: Describe yourself in 3 words 🙂
J: Please leave a message for TheBackstageAccess readers 🙂
K: Thank you for loving and caring so much about the music! Your energy is what makes this all complete! Thanks for giving us the space on this earth and the constant support to create heavenly meaningful things! Lots of Love! Kimberly Xox
Photo courtesy: Asia Werbel