Music Video: Kayla - Mojito
Pure talent may open the door to a first step into music industry for a prospective artist, but once over the threshold, a deeply held sense of personal and artistic integrity is the key to sustaining the journey. U.K singer/songwriter Kayla knows this well. From crafting Sade, Prince and Kate Bush inspired demos in her bedroom to sharing classrooms alongside Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Jessie J at London's renowned BRIT School, her obvious vocal and songwriting talent marked her out as one to watch from the outset. Fired with a strong sense her own artistic identity, and with blessed with a rich cultural heritage (English, Irish, Jamaican and South American), Kayla's initial forays into the industry found her up against often facile expectations - 'the way into the industry was either to join a girl band or start doing music I didn’t want to do...people looked at me and automatically expected me to be an R&B singer' - steeling her resolve to stay true to her instinctively felt artistic sense of self.
Recognizing both her talent and drive for authenticity of expression, Adam Wake connected Kayla with the Spotlight 87 Entertainment production/songwriting team of Brian Vibberts (five-time Grammy winner, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey) and Alex Houton, with Kayla so impressing the trio that they decided to form Metro 3 Entertainment and sign Kayla to their new record label as their first artist.
Now comfortable in her artistic skin having honed her alt-pop sound, we are pleased to premiere Kayla's video for the first track from her upcoming '#ThisisKaylaMusic' EP, 'Mojito', the bold drums and fuzzy churn channeling the turbulently emotive choreography of the Ryan Andrews (Charli XCX) directed visuals, with Kayla explaining, 'as people we’ve all been through times where we’ve felt pretty crappy, and we’ve all done it — you go out with your friends, just get drunk, party the night away and just try to forget all of the stuff going on around you...it’s like a bullet wound that you’re trying to drink away. It’s the craziness we feel when we’re trying to anchor ourselves to one emotion'.