Originally from Quebec City, Canada, Kellie-Anne moved to Dubai when she was six-years-old.
Now, at the age of 15, she lives in New York City and is making waves in the music industry with her unique blend of pop, soul, and electro-pop. Her latest music video, "Unlived Dreams," reveals her stunning musical virtuosity.
Kellie-Anne “Unlived Dreams" (Official Video) youtu.be
Pop Dust sat down with the artist to discover how someone so young has achieved so much in such a short time.
How would you describe yourself?
I am a 15-year old, Canadian singer/songwriter living in NJ. I lived in Dubai for 8 years, before moving to the US in 2017. I am quite tall, very goofy, and I love life. Spending time with my family, playing sports, and cooking are some of my main hobbies, after music of course!
What is the most trouble you've ever gotten into?
That's a good question! Not to toot my own horn, but I don't get in trouble very often. The worst trouble I've ever gotten into was from not cleaning my room and leaving it in a huge mess. Whoops.
What's your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?
Definitely "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus. Ha, ha. Or "All I Want for Christmas Is You," because I love the holidays!
Who is your favorite music artist?
I love to listen to a great variety of artists. However my favorite is Sia! There are just so many amazing aspects to her music and herself as a person. Her style is so unique and her writing ethics are insane!
How did you get started in music? What's the backstory there?
I've always loved music, ever since I can remember. I started singing to my favorite artists when I was 4, but really began performing and competing at the age of 9. I can remember when my grandpa bought me my first ever mini-guitar. I then started taking lessons and accompanying myself by singing. Participating on the "Voice Kids Canada" was definitely a turning point in my career, and confirmed my true passion for music. I've been writing and releasing my own music ever since and have been taking my music very seriously.
What musicians influenced you the most?
Musicians such as Sia, Ed Sheeran, Adele, James Arthur and Birdy are all huge influences on me.
You lived in Dubai for eight years. Did you experience culture shock when you moved to NYC?
Moving to NYC was definitely a culture shock. Living in Dubai was like living in a world of multi-culturalism. I had friends that were from all around the world, with different cultures, speaking different languages and having different traditions. Moving to NYC changed my lifestyle completely, with a new school system, a fast-paced lifestyle and the music business being incredible! But I am surely loving it and am so excited for what is to come.
Does living in NYC help or hinder your creativity?
Living in NYC definitely helps my creativity. It is such a unique city with so much beauty in it! The unique lifestyle, people, scenery and experiences are all great sources of inspiration to me. The amazing people and opportunities I've had here massively help too! And living in Hudson County gives me the stunning city view every morning, which surely doesn't hinder my creativity either.
You recently released "Unlived Dreams." What's the story behind the song?
The story behind "Unlived Dreams" is about living your life to the fullest. The song talks about the beauties of life and how following your dreams, no matter what, is the key to enjoying it to the fullest! I am a huge believer in not letting anyone get in the way of doing what you love the most, therefore this song holds a very special place in my heart.
Your sound merges elements of pop, soul, and electro-pop. What is your song-writing process?
My song writing process usually begins with some source of inspiration from things that are happening around me. I then jot down some lyric ideas, and try out some chord progressions that could go with it. By this point, ideas usually come rushing through my brain and the process goes very quickly!
Most artists like to believe their music is evolving. Is yours? If so, is it becoming more pop-flavored or leaning toward other influences?
I think that my music is evolving. I work hard every day to better myself as a person and an artist, and hope to grow positively. I also love to try out new writing styles and push myself as an artist. I believe that I am leaning towards other influences, and combining different genres together to create something that I am truly proud of, and that signifies me.
Where was "Unlived Dreams" recorded? Are you pleased with how it turned out?
The song was recorded in Nashville and the video in SoHo, NYC! I am beyond pleased with how it turned out, and think that it is just simple, yet meaningful enough, and suits its purpose very well. The story is a great representation of me as an artist.
What's next for you musically? An EP?
I am working hard on writing and releasing more music to make an EP! I am also continuing to perform and develop as an artist.
Will you be doing any touring?
I definitely hope to tour in the near future, however, as I am only 15 and still growing as a person, an artist and a student, balancing all of these things is a challenge. Nonetheless if the opportunity ever comes up, I would surely be up for it.
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Let's take a look at Nazi-inspired fashion.
Villains always have the best outfits.
From Darth Vader's polished black space armor to The Joker's snazzy purple suit, bad guys always seem to show up their protagonists in the fashion department.
Way more handsome than Batman. static.giantbomb.com
But could there possibly be a real world equivalent to the type of over-the-top villain fashion often found in fiction? It would have to be sleek and imposing, austere and dangerous. Probably black.
Maybe it's him. Maybe it's fascist ideology.
Let's call a spade a spade. From an aesthetic standpoint, the Nazi SS outfit is very well-designed. The long coat tied around the waist with a buckle portrays a slim, sturdy visage. The leather boots and matching cap look harsh and powerful. The emblem placements on the lapel naturally suggest rank and authority. And the red armband lends a splash of color to what would otherwise be a dark monotone. If the Nazi uniform wasn't so closely tied with the atrocities they committed during WWII, it wouldn't seem out of place at Fashion Week. Perhaps not too surprising, considering many of the uniforms were made by Hugo Boss.
Pictured: A real thing Hugo Boss did. i.imgur.com
Of course, today, Nazi uniform aesthetics are inseparable from the human suffering doled out by their wearers. In most circles of civilized society, that's more than enough reason to avoid the garb in any and all fashion choices. But for some, that taboo isn't a hindrance at all–if anything, it's an added benefit.
As a result, we have Nazi chic, a fashion trend centered around the SS uniform and related Nazi imagery.
History of Nazi Chic
For the most part, Nazi chic is not characterized by Nazi sympathy. Rather, Nazi chic tends to be associated with counterculture movements that view the use of its taboo imagery as a form of shock value, and ironically, anti-authoritarianism.
The movement came to prominence in the British punk scene during the mid-1970s, with bands like the Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees displaying swastikas on their attire alongside other provocative imagery.
Very rotten, Johnny. i.redd.it
Around this time, a film genre known as Nazisploitation also came to prominence amongst underground movie buffs. A subgenre of exploitation and sexploitation films, Naziploitation movies skewed towards D-grade fare, characterized by graphic sex scenes, violence, and gore. Plots typically surrounded female prisoners in concentration camps, subject to the sexual whims of evil SS officers, who eventually escaped and got their revenge. However, the most famous Nazisploitation film, Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, flipped the genders.
The dorm room poster that will ensure you never get laid. images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com
Ilsa was a female SS officer and the victims were men. She spent much of the movie wearing her Nazi uniform in various states, sexually abusing men all the while. As such, Ilsa played into dominatrix fantasies. The movie was a hit on the grindhouse circuit, inspiring multiple sequels and knock-offs and solidifying Nazi aesthetics as a part of the BDSM scene.
Since then, Nazi chic fashion has been employed by various artists, from Madonna to Marilyn Manson to Lady Gaga, and has shown up in all sorts of places from leather clubs to character designs in video games and anime.
Lady Gaga looking SS-uper. nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com
Nazi Chic in Asia
Nazi chic has taken on a life of its own in Asia. And unlike Western Nazi chic, which recognizes Nazism as taboo, Asian Nazi chic seems entirely detached from any underlying ideology.
A large part of this likely has to do with the way that Holocaust education differs across cultures. In the West, we learn about the Holocaust in the context of the Nazis committing horrific crimes against humanity that affected many of our own families. The Holocaust is presented as personal and closer to our current era than we might like to think. It is something we should "never forget." Whereas in Asia, where effects of the Holocaust weren't as prominent, it's simply another aspect of WWII which, in and of itself, was just another large war. In other words, Nazi regalia in Asia might be viewed as simply another historical military outfit, albeit a particularly stylish one.
In Japan, which was much more involved with WWII than any other Asian country, Nazi chic is usually (but not always) reserved for villainous representations.
OF COURSE. i.imgur.com
That being said, J-Pop groups like Keyakizaka46 have publicly worn Nazi chic too, and the phenomena isn't limited to Japan.
In South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand, Nazi imagery has shown up in various elements of youth culture, completely void of any moral context. For instance, in Indonesia, a Hitler-themed fried chicken restaurant opened in 2013. And in Korea, K-Pop groups like BTS and Pritz have been called out for propagating Nazi chic fashion. Usually such incidents are followed by public apologies, but the lack of historical understanding makes everything ring hollow.
So the question then: is Nazi chic a bad thing?
The answer is not so black and white.
On one hand, seeing Nazi chic on the fashion scene may dredge up painful memories for Holocaust survivors and those whose family histories were tainted. In this light, wearing Nazi-inspired garb, regardless of intent, seems disrespectful and antagonistic. Worse than that, it doesn't even seem like a slight against authority so much as a dig at actual victims of genocide.
But on the other hand, considering the fact that even the youngest people who were alive during WWII are edging 80, "forgetting the Holocaust" is a distinct possibility for younger generations. In that regard, perhaps anything that draws attention to what happened, even if it's simply through the lens of "this outfit should be seen as offensive," might not be entirely bad. This, compounded by the fact that Nazi chic is not commonly associated with actual Nazi or nationalistic sentiments, might be enough to sway some people–not necessarily to wear, like, or even appreciate its aesthetics, but rather to understand its place within counterculture.
Ultimately, one's views on Nazi chic likely come down to their own personal taste and sensibilities. For some, Nazi chic is just a style, an aesthetic preference for something that happens to be mired in historical horror. For others, the shadow of atrocity simply hangs too strong.
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Summer Walker returns and is no longer playing games.
Summer Walker loves creating music but despises the music industry.
She regularly considers retirement and ended her 2019 tour early because of social anxiety. "I hope that people understand and respect that at the end of the day I'm a person, I have feelings, I get tired, I get sad," she said in a video post. "I don't want to lose myself for someone else." She was relentlessly vilified for her decision. Fans cited stiff meet-and-greets and chalked up Walker's cancellations to a sense of entitlement.
Then she was presented with the "Best New Artist" award at the 2019 Soul Train Awards, and her hurried acceptance speech was dissected by tasteless memes all across the country. Walker's candid cries for understanding remained completely ignored by years end. The truth of the matter is that Walker suffers from anxiety and stage fright that is all but totally crippling. So she did what any misunderstood artist does, she disappeared and stopped saying anything at all.