Nov 11, 2020
Kylie Rothfield is a Los
Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist. After honing her
craft in Nashville where she wrote songs and sold out premier
venues singing original, soulful, blues-infused pop, she moved to
Los Angeles, where she has been featured on NBC’s The Voice (picked by Alicia Keys to coach throughout the season), and
Songland (collaborating with Ben Platt on her original song Ghost). Her recent singles include Newport and Too Late.
What you will learn:
- What guitars Kylie prefers to
play and why, and what these guitars mean to her as a performer;
how she became sponsored by Epiphone Guitars. [0:00-6:42]
- How Kylie began songwriting at
the age of 12, and how her childhood love of music and dreams still
influences her today; Why she believes it’s imperative to write
from a place of honesty, and why recognizing and showing
vulnerability can be a powerful way to connect with an audience.
- How Kylie taught herself guitar
at age 11 and how she motivates her guitar students to continue
learning; how attending Berkeley College of Music motivated and
encouraged her to learn more about music she may have otherwise
- The importance of community and
having a support group in the music industry; how co-writing
royalties are calculated in Nashville vs. Los Angeles.
- How Kylie grapples with stage
fright and what coping mechanisms she uses to push past that fear;
lessons she took away from her experiences on The Voice and Songland; what it was like working with Alicia Keys and Ben Platt, respectively, on those shows.
- What Kylie does to balance the
need to stay creative as a songwriter and performer while
maintaining her mental health in a pandemic; what new technical and
creative skills she’s working on to become a producer, and how she
was encouraged by Alicia Keys regarding her skills as a producer.
- How Kylie feels working around
her music idols, and why she is not normally starstruck, with a few
notable exceptions; ways fans can support musicians and venues
struggling to survive under COVID restrictions; advice Kylie has
for aspiring musicians. [42:55-53:42]