Krista D, the artist name as an allusion to the character Sandra Dee, from >the movie 'Grease', with the intention of showing a life transition similar to the character. Originally
the music she released was Christian music but she’s long since left that lifestyle.
Genre-wise, the music is a mix of 50’s style, 3 part harmonies/doo-wop music, has some ska influence and is mixed with a bit of punk rock.
Surely an intriguing artist that we immediately want to know!
Hi Krista, welcome on Rockers And Other Animals’ pages.
Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to interview me!
I’ll start the interview with asking you how you started in music.
I started writing songs at around 13 years old and started recording in the studio at around 16. It all began when I wrote a song in about 5 minutes, for my father, who I had overheard strumming a guitar. He was impressed with what I'd written and encouraged me to keep writing. I've recorded, on and off, throughout the years, since then. I began
releasing music again, in 2016, after taking about 7 years off to focus on my career as a visual artist.
You have very different musical influences, which are the major ones that have actually influenced your way of composing?
When I was growing up, I wasn't really allowed to listen to music, only christian music, but at night I used to listen to an oldies radio program called 'Finklemans 45s', which showcases hits from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Some of the influences definitely come from there.
Due to the way I was raised, I still have the habit of remaining fairly isolated from music. I'm usually very out of touch with what's going on.
I mainly listen to radio and switch from channel to channel; getting snippets of different kinds of music. So I guess many artists and bands have influenced my writing but none that I can pinpoint specifically.
Are you working on new songs right now? If so, what can we expect?
I just released a new track called 'Crazy Bitch'. It's a freeform song with variable tempo; it's kind of quirky. I've had a few people say they just play it over and over because it gets trapped in their head- hopefully that's a good thing. If your readers would like to hear it, it's free to listen here: http://www.kristadmusic.com/CrazyBitch.mp3
And if they'd like to support me it's available to purchase, or stream, on all digital platforms.
In your opinion, what is the thing that distinguishes your music from those of other artists?
I don't feel my last EP was very distinctive, honestly, because it was reminiscent of what other bands were trying in the 90s. My newest track might be a tad more distinctive, though. Now that I'm exploring playing all of the instruments myself, I think the music will inevitably go through an evolution that will make it more distinguishable... I can't promise it'll be a very polished evolution but I'm hoping it will at least be interesting.
If you wanted to involve people in your work, how would you describe your style?
The EP I released in 2017 (Look at me...I'm Krista D) is kind of a
hybrid of 50s/60s and 90s music; the new track, 'Crazy Bitch', has a
style that is closer to garage rock.
I'll still incorporate upstroke guitars and horns, in my new material, but I think my approach will be more experimental. I don't know a lot about music theory so the new style is pretty much going to be a lawless, collage-styled rock.
What has your experience been like, in music, as a woman?
It's actually not been too bad for me, honestly. I've never found that anyone has treated me differently, in regards to music, because I'm a woman.
Well, I guess that's not entirely true- at times people have treated me extremely nice because I think they were hoping their efforts would lead to my having sex with them, but that's generally the worst that I've come across.
The only thing I don't like about being a woman, in music, is that it's a fairly common expectation for female artists to sexualize themselves/become sexualized, to some degree, in order to gain popularity. I do often find myself wishing that a woman’s appearance, or anyones' appearance for that matter, didn't seem to be a large factor in selling music.
Given your influences of the 50s, if you could go back in time, with which artist of that period would you like to sing?
Do you feel more comfortable in a recording studio or on a stage?
I'm definitely more comfortable in the studio. I'm ok once I'm up on stage, but the days leading up to a live performance are very stressful for me. The studio is practically a stress free experience, providing I have a good engineer.
What do the lyrics of your songs talk about?
They are based on personal experiences and stories that some women have shared with me about their situations. Everything I write about is rooted, to some degree, in true events.
A last question. How do you see the future of music in the age of internet? Pros and cons?
The definite 'pro' of the internet is accessibility. It's leveled the playing field and it doesn't require a music label, or large amounts of money, in-order to have your music reach people. You also don't have to travel the world for people to hear your music, so, in theory, musical artists *should* be more independent, self-sufficient and able to recoup costs quicker because uploading music digitally costs very little. *BUT* the
'cons' of the internet are that the market is completely flooded with people, of all skill levels, trying to make a go of it, and that can be a bit overwhelming.
On top of that, you have to consider that digital platforms/streaming services/internet radio are now the major avenues for new music discovery.
The services are wonderful for introducing new music to a listener, but the listener rarely decides to support the artist by purchasing and digitally downloading the song. A stream only pays the artist a fraction of a penny, so, a listener would have to stream a song, like, 700 times before the artist makes 1$. Considering that it takes thousands to create an album, you can see how sad that is for us. So, the future of music, and well-being of artists, in the age of the internet, is entirely in the hands of the listeners and how they choose to consume music.
I give you the space you need to say something and I thank you for this interview
Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me! Here are some links if anyone is interested in checking out the music.