An interview with The Blow


And still this tour is much more lesbian. Besides the songs sung about a celebrity and her new Sapphic relationship, Khaela also sings a song acapella, dedicated to her girlfriend in the sound booth. She sings it right to her:

You had your opinions about my last girlfriend, and you were right. She wasn’t very nice. I’m slow to see what’s good for me, and you are.

Khaela is quick to share how much work she and Melissa have done together for the live show.

“She’s performing the show with me but not on the stage, which is really strange because we do it in art context and music context and we see how people act in those different spaces. She’s not interested in being on the stage,” Khaela said. “In the music world, they don’t really understand it. Other people will be like ‘Nice show’ to me, and don’t look at her because they think she’s the help. Usually the artist doesn’t stand next to their work and say ‘I made this!’ but she’s totally a part of it. It’s cool because we are partners and that we really flow together, and we’re both water sounds and neither of us are particularly grounded and we both like to make things move. When things get really good, she’s just going with me and I’m going with her and she can anticipate what each other is gonna do, she’ll move the light and I’ll move my body over here. That is cool. I like having the kind of relationship where you collaborate and try to make something more. Making a relationship is hard enough, but being able to do both of our artwork together and see what that can make together.”

After the shows have finished, Khaela will head into the studio to lay down the final tracks for her upcoming album, which she said won’t necessarily be released on K Records, as all her previous works were. And considering she has entirely new surroundings in New York City, the final product could be vastly different from what we’ve become used to from her work. But more than anything, The Blow is, at it’s heart, pop music.

“I’ve really been open as a pop product,” Khaela said. “I think pop music is so interesting and vital in a weird way.” And the queering of it is much more interesting and vital, too.


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