KARLI

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Photographer | Max Brucker


Who are some of your musical inspirations?

K: I think my musical inspirations are deeply subconscious and I’ll never be able to name or credit all of those who have influenced me. I never thought of wanting to sound like anyone, I just created my own music since day one. My first project I ever did, M.A.M.O.S., is super diverse yet so distinctive. People would tell me that all the time and it’s what I’ve always been really proud of.

Up until this point you have only released singles and a mixtape, when do you plan to release an official EP?

K: M.A.M.O.S. (Me And My Other Selves) was the mixtape that kick started my musical journey. I’ve recorded a couple projects in the past two years, but due to label/management issues all of this has been put on hold for a while. It’s cool though, I’m working on the next release and meanwhile writing/producing for other artists, which is dope.

How would you describe your music in one word?

K: #waveflow

What sort of challenges do you face as a creative? How do you overcome those obstacles?

K: I believe mental challenges are the only things getting in one’s way. Working on my mindset and on myself helps me get back on track after beating myself up for things I can’t really control.

When do you feel the most creative?

K: When I feel free.

Do you have any rituals you partake in before you start creating music?

K: I need a calm mind. There’s really no specific thing I do, but somehow I’ll want to find a way to reset my brain. I’m shocked anytime I’m in the studio with other people who try to get inspired by listening to music/other artists. I don’t think that’s the way to be honest. The most amazing stuff I make happens in a way I can never really comprehend. It’s almost like I can’t really take credit for it because I don’t even know how I did it. You’re just like what the fuck…but it’s beautiful. It’s God’s creative pulse itself. Other than that, my surroundings have to be tidy and clean or it’s not gonna be comfy.


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