KOPECKY is a Nashville, Tennessee-based indie rock band and will be playing Wakarusa 2015. Vocalist, keyboardist and bassist Kelsey Kopecky recently discussed how she became interested in music, late night mimosa madness and what she’s looking forward to about Wakarusa.
What was your earliest musical memory?
Let’s see..My earliest musical memory involves me on roller skates in my Dad’s garage listening to Tom Petty and and John Mellencamp. I remember my dad sweeping the floor and singing into the broom handle like a mic. He’s quite a ham..I guess that’s where I get my love of performance. haha
How did KOPECKY get started?
Gabe and I met at a party in college and talked about collaborating. We met up the next day and wrote like 6 songs..it was pretty magical!
How does your creative process work when songwriting?
I usually start with a melody and an inspiring phrase. Then I find a beat that matches the movement I want to create in my body when listening. The rest just sorts itself out. I’m big on using colorful words and imagery.
What inspires you lyrically?
Honesty. I think the more truth, the more relatable/compelling a song can be.
What do you feel is the most autobiographical song you’ve written for KOPECKY?
There’s a song called “Change” on our first full length album, “Kids Raising Kids.” It basically sums up my experience of love through the lens of those closest to me. The first verse being my father, the second my mom, and the third verse through the lens of my sister. It’s all about being brave enough to get hurt in love and recklessly knowing that’s where the best part can be found.
What was the first song written for Kids Raising Kids?
hmmm I can’t remember. I do remember writing some of the lyrics to “Birds” in my old bedroom. That one was about my dad. He’s amazing and we had a really hard conversation about addiction and the song was a result of it.
How did the song “Wandering Eyes” come together?
We were all at a studio in Charlottesville camped out for the weekend to write. I think Gabe started singing something about “wild wandering eyes” and we all just started jamming on it and drinking $3 bottles of wine until the song was finished.
You tour a ton. What have been some of your strangest moments on the road?
One time we took a wrong turn and our van battery died near a walmart parking lot. It happened to be Steven and Markus’ birthday, so we went inside the walmart and bought OJ and champaign and made mimosas in colorful Solo cups. No one slept and it was 7am. We recently found a video of this and it cracked me up so much. I’ve been through so much with these boys.
You’re playing Wakarusa 2015. What are you most looking forward to about Wakarusa?
Excited to see Young The Giant & our friends, Givers. I also hope stop by Fayetteville and see my friends at my favorite clothing store Lola’s Boutique. Should be a fun time! I love festivals!
What do you enjoy most about the music scene in Nashville?
There is just so much talent here. People are true players and excellent at their craft. It makes us all want to keep getting better.
What have been the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome in your career?
The hardest thing about being an aspiring band is trying to make ends meet financially while needing to be on the road all the time, when your band isn’t making money. There were many years of being on the road for 3 weeks at a time and then being home for 2 weeks and working crazy hours baby sitting trying to pay all of my bills for the month. With 6 band members it was a lot of juggling. But I feel like that tension give us the appreciation and drive to make this work. There is not a day that goes by where I am not grateful I get to pay my water bill or phone bill with money I made from creating music. It is such a gift.
What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
Write what you know. Write the crappiest songs. Just keep writing..the rest will sort itself out. AND WATCH THIS video on what Ira Glass says: (so inspiring) http://omeleto.com/188186/