NYC-based pop artist, Kendra Black, recently released her newest single, “Dangerless” which introduces a new sultry sound for the singer.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Black and discuss songwriting, inspiration and what it’s like to work with Snoop Dogg.
Kat: Could you talk about the inspiration behind your debut EP “The Edge”?
KB: “The Edge” is a fresh vibrant mix of pop club bangers. It was inspired by my trip to Los Angeles to work with the renowned producers at Trend Def Studios and the amazing feeling of traveling to California for the first time.
Kat: What is your songwriting process like?
KB: I usually start by drafting some lyrics or singing some vocals either acapella or on a beat, and then see where that takes me. Sometimes however, I start from working on a beat and let the words come later. The most important thing to me is to allow the track to flow as freely as possible until it finally feels like it’s complete.
Kat: Could you speak a little on your musical role models or idols?
KB: My idols include Amy Winehouse for her incredible soul and the way she was able to transpose it into her music, Beyoncé for her striking strength and strong personality that she is never afraid to show, Coldplay for their excellent songwriting that makes their songs very deep yet relatable, as well as more alternative artist like Twenty-One Pilots for their incredible personality that they have never given up throughout their rise to fame.
Kat: Have you ever been given any advice in regards to your music career that you felt you really connected with or that made an impact?
KB: Someone once told me that the magic of music lies in communicating with people through its power. I found it to be really good advice and have been trying to follow it ever since…because there is nothing more rewarding than making art for a higher purpose. I am currently working on a new album with more songwriting elements to it and fresh electronic vibes, and I’m really eager to share it with the public.
Kat: What was it like to work with Snoop Dogg in your song “Rude”?
KB: Working on “Rude” was an amazing experience and having my favorite rapper of all time feature on the track was truly a blessing. I had always dreamt of doing a feature with him and I really hope to get to work with him again on some more music in the future.
To discover more on Kendra Black, please visit: http://www.kendrablackmusic.com