Studio Carry On Harry with Artist Killian Hough on Release of California Sound. Here is what the artist reported to studio desk.
Tell us about yourself ?
My name is Killian Hough. I am an independent singer/songwriter based in San Diego County, California. I am 22 years old. I grew up in the Greater St. Louis Area of Missouri.
I have been singing as long as I can remember. I started writing songs around 12 years old. The first song I ever wrote lyrically in it’s entirety was “Utopian Dreams” which I only just released last year in June 2020. I honestly don’t know why I held onto it for so long without releasing.
My first professional original release was on an Arc North track I was featured on called “Crimson Sky.” To date I have released 2 EPs, a remix EP, and my debut album “Spiked Arnold Palmers.”
I am so proud of that project in particular. I am so excited to put out a sophomore album. The process working on it so far has been so much fun. I actually just released the first single from it “California Sound.”
What was most attractive part for you to be in this industry ?
Honestly, I think that what drew me to it was how healing it has been for me over the years to write my lyrics. Writing songs has really helped me so much in the processing of my personal traumas and learning to love myself.
I am still a work in progress on those things; however music allows me to tell my story which is very important. It also allows me to express my dream worlds and imagination through lyrics as well, when I don’t feel like writing something exclusively personal to me. Overall, what I hope for the most is that my music could maybe help someone else in need as writing it has helped me.
Share some experiences that made you grow in life or profession?
Well where do I start? There are so many and so many more to come. I think meeting and my relationship with my wife has really been the experience that has helped me grow the most as a person. I never really knew what love truly was until she came into my life. Love is unconditional, safe, and so much more. It is hard to describe, however once you have it, you know it. I grew up in an environment where the feeling of safety and love was extremely conditional. It was a rollercoaster and overtime I think some of those details will speak out in my music. I have never been a confident person, however my wife has always supported me and never lets me give up on myself as I do the same for her.
Who inspired you ? How do you work on creating your own signature style ?
I have a long list of what has inspired me so I will do my best to sum it up. Music from the mid century has always really spoken to me. It is so real and raw and just so much fun. Of course I have many modern inspirations as well. If I have to pick a few names off the top of my head my inspirations include, The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, The Neighbourhood, etc. The list goes on forever.
I like to combine a lot of different elements into my music. Surf, rock & roll, folk, electro pop, hip hop, and even some theatrical elements can all be heard throughout my art. It is kind of all over the place, however I believe in a good way because the project comes out cohesive and how I want it to sound. What’s important is that I create things that sound like me and express who I am. That is what I believe my music does. I am a complex person. Authenticity is key.
What do you want to convey through your music?
I want to share my story and show others that they are not alone in their struggles and their dreams. I want to convey light hearted fun as well seriousness. I want to spread a message of love, compassion, and understanding. Mental health is very important!!! I would also like to convey an example for men that it is okay to be different, to be vulnerable, to not be old societies toxic version of masculinity. Embrace the softer qualities of yourself. I want to convey a message of equality in my career as well. It is okay to be powerful and assertive, ladies! It is okay and important to be able to walk beside and or behind the women in your life, guys! It is okay to be vulnerable too. As a society we need to hold each other more accountable on these things. For far too long we have been so divisive and at odds with others. We all need to come together and make this world a better place for the future generations.
Story behind making of your new track / Album?
As I previously mentioned I love music from the mid century. I really enjoy the sub genre of rock n roll that was coined as “California Sound” in the 1960s. The Beach Boys get a lot of credit for this sound along with their peers of the time. I based the concept of my latest single off of the romanticism of the lyrics in those songs. Therefore, I even titled this single “California Sound.” It is about searching for that feeling and facing the fact that California Sound is a romanticized version, a highlight reel, of what it’s like to be out here.
I sing a lot about mental health, financial instability and inequality, oppression, etc. Some will say it’s a bit on the gloomier side lyric wise, however the vibe of the music and melody is more upbeat and jaunty sounding, similar to the genre it was inspired by. I really wanted to express that juxtaposition and capture those complex feelings. It has also some very hopeful moments as well. It’s complex. It’s totally California. I am so excited to dive deeper into those elements with the releases that will follow.
Any interesting trivia about making of song ?
It almost wasn’t made because I made the mistake of not voice recording and writing it down when it first came to me. I forgot all of it for a bit, which is why I normally always make a voice memo no matter how rough an idea comes to me. My brain was off that day. Luckily the memory did come back to me a while later and I video recorded a piece of it and posted it to TikToc. Phew am I right?
People who you would like to thank ?
First I would like to thank my wife, Savannah, for always supporting me and pushing me to keep going even when I am in my lowest moments. You are the reason I continue to love, live, breathe, laugh, and sing! You are the love of my life. I love you forever! I would like to thank my daughter, Louise, for being the best cuddle bug who inspires me to be a better man and father every day. I would like to thank God for giving me the gift of life and blessing me with our growing family! Baby number 2 is on the way!!! I would like to thank my friends Ben and Josh. I know we barely see each other now that we are all living in different states, however your friendship and support means the world to me and also helps me keep going. You guys inspire me with your drive, confidence, and ambition. Thank you for being my chosen brothers.
Finally, I would like to thank the mastering engineer of this track, Zach Weeks, for polishing it to my exact needs. It turned out perfectly and sounds exactly how I wanted it to in order to share with everyone. Thank you all for being the best!
People who you would like to work with and people you idolize to be like professionally ?
I would love to work with The Weeknd, Jack Antanoff, Matt Maeson, Andy Grammer, Brendon Urie, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, and Chris Isaak. Any of the classic greats as well of course. Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton? Where y’all at?
I would also like to record the vocals for a Zedd track. I want to do some EDM vocals! So just about everyone. Lol. I honestly love all I mentioned and more, however I would never dream of trying to mimic. I will do my best to make them all proud though because they all have inspired me so much!
Where do you see your music 3 years from now ?
Writing a song for a film, on the Billboard charts, hopefully performing on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve or at the Grammys. That would be a dream come true. Those are to tier goals. I will be incredibly grateful if in 3 years I am connecting with any amount of people who connect with my lyrics. 🙂
How would you like to stretch your boundaries of genre in future projects ?
I would love to dabble in a lot of things. I would love to incorporate a couple traditional music elements from my Irish & Scottish ancestral heritage.
Message for Fans and listeners.
I would love everyone to know that what is important is that you live your life to find peace and happiness not just success or to impress. Be sure to surround yourself with a good support system and to be compassionate and understanding toward others. Never give up on your dreams no matter how big or small. Life is too short to conform to the pressure of others. Be you and try to love and find happiness in yourself. It is a constant journey but will be totally worth it for us in the end. You are not alone. Dream big! You can reach the stars and surpass the limits!
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