With her own original material, combining folk-pop, classic rock, and alt-country, Caitlyn Krone. channels the uniqueness, inner strength and highly individualized personas of her musical idols: Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. Krone draws from their gifts and talents as a source of creative inspiration, emulation, and template for her songs to be as raw, authentic and honest lyrically as possible. Taking chances is part of Krone’s musical journey. This burgeoning singer/songwriter hopes to expand her already large music audience with highly introspective songs that offer experiences they can relate to and resonate with on a deep, meaningful level. Recently, Caity Krone spoke tHeARTofla to discuss the release of her first official single, “Record About You,” and the writing and the challenge of recording it, upcoming plans to write more songs which will eventually lead to possibly an EP or album and more.
1. Do you come from a musical family? If so, how were they influential in introducing to music and shaping your tastes?
Both my parents love music, and I think my mom was in a band when she was a teenager. My mom has always loved artists like Fleetwood Mac and James Taylor, but I think I started really digging into their archives during and after high school if I’m honest.
2. As an artist, why did you gravitate toward artists like Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell and what appealed to your budding craft and artistry? What lessons have you taken from their music and have you applied and the approach to writing your own songs?
I don’t know if I can point out exactly what drew me to them, but I love the way they write, I love their unabashed honesty. I resonate with a lot of what Stevie writes about, which I think is what draws people to their favorite artists a lot of the time. I really just love the music so much. With Joni, who just has so many songs, a few specific songs really made me fall in love – Circle Game (One of the first songs I fell in love with as a kid), River, Big Yellow Taxi, and Amelia. With Stevie, she’s just my idol. I love every song, I love the way she performs and how she writes and how she’s so fearless. Her mystery, honesty, and bravery on stage makes her one of the most powerful women in the craft. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Rumours all the way through without crying at least once. Same when I listen to the song Silver Springs.
From Joni, I’ve taken away that there are no rules to songwriting. In the modern pop landscape, people will tell you, you need a 1 4 5 chord progression, your chorus needs to be in this register, your verse length needs to be this or that, this lyric doesn’t translate. With Joni, she just wrote it how she felt it. It just feels like the words are tumbling out, raw and honest.
From Stevie, I try and channel her fearlessness, kindness, and witchiness in everything I do. I think of her when I need to push myself to be fearless and when I want to give up. The way I feel when I listen to Dreams and Silver Springs is what keeps me pursuing music. If I can write a song that makes someone feel the way I feel when I listen to those songs or write a song that makes me feel that way, that’s my definition of success. When I’m talking to myself while performing, writing, singing a lot of the time it’s me saying to myself, what would Stevie do to make this better?
3. When did you decide you wanted to become a singer/songwriter and realize you had a voice and gift?
I’ve always liked to sing. I did the talent shows when I was younger. I grew up very insecure about my physical appearance, but I always felt like I had my bookishness, wit, and voice. I started writing my own music when I was fifteen after hearing Ed Sheeran’s + record. Seeing someone sort of have a modern and unique take on classic songwriters inspired me to do the same.
4. Is “Record About You” autobiographical or based in a composite of a person you know? I sense a lot of longing in this song. Would you say it’s about unrequited love?
It’s autobiographical. Definitely about unrequited love. I’ve written the same song about the same person a thousand times, and that’s what the song is about. Everything always seemed to come back to that person.
5. Do you plan on releasing more original material soon? Can you talk more about that?
Yes! I’ve got more songs written that I need to get recorded. Hopefully another couple singles and then an album or EP of sorts. I’m king of leaving my options open in terms of the exact timing, but hopefully the next single and some live shows will ensue in the next few months.
6. Will you be working on videos at some point to accompany the songs? Is that of interest for you and how involved do you think you will be in that process?
I’ve thought about this a lot. A lot of my favorite songs don’t have music videos, and I don’t think every song necessarily calls for one. I’m not interested in seeing a video of someone strumming their guitar as the California sunsets, that’s a waste of a video for me. Whether for PR, just to have a video up, or whatever. I don’t know if Record About You calls for a video really, and I think sometimes it’s nice to just let the song show you what it wants to show you. But there are songs where I can imagine visuals and want to create them, so when I write a song that has a visual story to tell, I want to tell it exactly how I imagine it, so I presume I’d be very involved in that process.
7. Have you performed live before and will you be doing it again soon?
During the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college, I went to a health retreat in Utah to address some of the self-esteem issues that I mentioned previously. During that summer, which was right after I started writing my own music, I got a band together in high school and booked shows all around the sunset strip to play those first few songs during our junior year in high school. We did the House of Blues, Whisky, the Witzend in Venice. That was fun.
I saw Stevie Nicks perform with Harry Styles (another artist I look up to a lot) at the Troubadour in May, and it was probably the best show I’ve ever been to. The room was packed, everyone knew every word to every song, the room was electric. When I start to play shows, I want to make people feel the way I felt when I played that show. I’d love to play live again soon so, we’ll see.
8. What are your goals as far as your career goes? What is next for Caity Krone?
(Mentioning here that my artist name is Caity Krone) I’d love to make an album full of songs I’m proud of, I’d love to support myself financially doing music, and I’d love to make people feel the same way I feel when I listen to my favorite songs.
9. Does creating the music taken on a more heightened sense of importance and seriousness because you had to work so hard to pay to record your own first single? What was going through your mind as you worked all those shifts?
The shifts were fun, I love all my jobs. But, it definitely feels pressurized when you’re in an expensive studio you paid a lot of money for and have to get everything done in a short amount of time. I worry a lot when I record. Does this sound right, am I doing the right thing with this guitar line, what have you. But I’ve worked with some people that have really strong ideas, and that kind of makes you speak up for yourself and realize that you know what you want and you like what you like when it comes to music.
I’d love to get to the point where I can record without worrying about money for sure, though. But I feel very proud that I worked hard to make this song and it feels very authentic to who I am, lyrically and sonically.