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Interview: Kady Z

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With her last single, Beautiful Disaster, reaching #53 on the Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’ singles chart Kady Z has already sampled the sweet taste of success. Daughter of Golden Globe winner and pop single, Pia Zadora, Kady is breaking into the world of mainstream pop as a bona-fide artist in her own right.

Crashing Down, Kady Z’s most recent single release, is a powerful and encouraging penning that is paving the way for its parent album which Kady Z will be releasing later this year.

We caught up with Kady Z while she was in L.A to talk about her musical influences, what it was like to have her Billboard debut and what’s in store for 2013. Here is what she had to tell us:

Brendon Veevers: Hi Kady, how are you?

Kady Z: I am great thank you!!

BV: Where does this Q&A find you today?

KZ: I am in LA right now in the studio.

BV: Your latest single, Crashing Down was released at the end of 2012. Can you tell us a little about the track for those who haven’t heard it?

KZ: Crashing Down is about putting up a good front while going thru a very hard situation. Sometimes, life kicks you while you’re down and you choose how to handle it.  In my case I smile and sing about it! I am very proud of the song and it is the first single off my debut full length album Ordinary Girl scheduled for release in July.

BV: Your previous single, Beautiful Disaster reached number 53 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you heard the news?

KZ: I was on the freeway, it had been a weird day and I got a call from my manager Nick.  I screamed so loud and I almost drove into the median!! It was one of the most amazing and surreal moments of my life!

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BV: Is there any pressure for you to achieve the same level success with each single?

KZ: For sure, but I think, for me, the pressure is more about evolving and growing as an artist, and taking the quality of the music to the next level every time!

BV: Crashing Down is going to be featured on your forthcoming album. Is the sound and style of Crashing Down indicative of the rest of the album?

KZ: Definitely, however the album will surprise you.  It’s very electro-pop, a little urban and a lot of fun.  I am very excited for everyone to listen!

BV: What can fans expect from the record? Will there be any collaborations or surprises to look forward to?

KZ: No collaborations as of yet, but there are a couple of songs from my One Million Pieces EP on there, mixed in with the new stuff!

BV: You grew up in quite a musical family; your mother is pop singer and Golden Globe winner Pia Zadora. Has she been supportive of your career and what advice has she offered you?

KZ: My mom is very supportive of my career.  In the beginning when I was kind of finding my way, she wasn’t completely happy with my choice and the best advice she ever gave me was ‘don’t do it’. It pushed me to go for want I want, or maybe it was reverse psychology and in that case, she’s even smarter than I thought!! :)

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BV: Growing up, what artists have you drawn inspiration from and why have you been so inspired by them?

KZ: I fell in love with the Beatles when I was in high school, especially John Lennon. His passion and his lyrics just opened up my mind and my heart and gave me this ‘need’ to do music.  I also love Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, some of the most inspiring and beautiful voices I have ever heard. And of course, Robyn and Gwen Stefani, for their constantly changing, yet just as catchy and unique as ever, style and music.

BV: If you could have your pick from any artist(s) to work with, who would you like it to be?

KZ: Robbie Williams, for sure. I did a cover of his song Feel on One Million Pieces. It’s one of my favorite songs of all time, even though it was not known in America and neither is he.

BV: What career path do you think you would have taken if it wasn’t music?

KZ: I love to cook, I don’t know how good I am but the idea of being able to serve up some kind of culinary jaw dropper has always intrigued me!!

BV: You were invited to perform on Ru Paul’s Drag Race recently. What was that experience like?

KZ: I thought I would be guest judging actually, so when I was told I would be part of a drag girl group, I didn’t understand!  But all in all I really had a lot of fun. They are such amazing talents and the nicest people ever.  It was also great to see Kelly whom I hadn’t seen since we were kids. She’s an absolute doll!

BV: Will you be going out on the road this year to showcase your work?

KZ: Yes, we are getting ready for a summer tour as we speak.  I couldn’t be more thrilled!

BV: What else is on the Kady Z calendar for 2013?

KZ: Well we have the video release for Crashing Down coming soon, as well as the next single and video release.  Also we are heading back to the UK as Crashing Down was released there officially on March 22nd!

BV: Thanks Kady

KZ: Thank you so much!! XOX

Kady Z’s new album Ordinary Girl will be released in July 2013. Crashing Down is out now.

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