File-O-Facts: K Flay

File-O-Facts: K Flay

The Best Thing About Live Music Is: "The mistakes"

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Last Edited by: Ffion Davies February 29th, 2012.

The AltSounds File-O-Facts feature on: K Flay. Want to know more about one of this incredible up and coming artist? Here you can find out loads of snappy facts about this superb new talent. You can download her mixtape for free here

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Name: Kristine Flaherty aka K.Flay
Star Sign: Cancer
Place of Birth: A hospital room in Evanston, IL
Now Based At: Brooklyn, NY but my heart is in San Francisco
Level of Education: University

First Instrument Played:
Trumpet, hell yeah
Current Instrument: Drum machine
Last Venue Played: North Star Bar in Philadelphia
Last Gig Attended: Kids These Days at Webster Hall in NYC
Can't Go On Tour Without: A few good books & my laptop

The Best Thing About Live Music Is: The mistakes
The Person I Would Most To Collaboration Is: Emily Haines
Worst Thing To Happen To Music Is: Autotune
Best Thing About The Current Music Industry: You can make songs on an airplane

Turn On: Intelligence
Turn Off: Laziness
Biggest Influence: All the things I wish I hadn’t done
My Favourite Person On TV Right Now Is: Claire Danes on Homeland
Childhood Hero: Michael Jordan

Last Album Bought: EMA’s ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’
Last Song Listened To On MP3 Player: Danny Brown – ‘Die Like a Rock Star’
Favourite Current Band: Schoolboy Q
My Favourite Drink Has To Be: Hendrick’s & Tonic
My Favourite Book Is: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My Favourite Website Is:
My Favourite Item Of Clothing Is: A used t-shirt with a clock on it
The Best Boredom Buster Is: Writing songs
The Best Film I Ever Saw Was: Clueless

My Ultimate Snack Is: Supremely spicy hummus
The Worst Food Invented Is: Anchovies
The First Thing I Do When I Wake Up Is: Feel tired
I'm Well Known For: Concocting stupid jokes

Tomorrow I Will: Not drink redbull
My Biggest Aspiration: To put out a record I’m truly proud of
I Think AltSounds is: Sexy

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The Story

You may not expect one of the most compelling new voices in hip hop to wield dual psychology and sociology degrees from Stanford University or find inspiration in the buttoned-up world of indie rock, but for K.Flay, defying expectations is simply part of the game.

Kristine Flaherty grew up outside of Chicago, devouring her father’s classic rock records and staying up late dancing to Parliament-Funkadelic in the living room. It was this same musical open-mindedness that would later spark her artistic development. She found her musical voice in college, fusing the eclectic power of the Bay Area hip hop scene with her own unique presence, inspired by strong, independent female artists ranging from Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill to Fiona Apple and Liz Phair.

On stage, K.Flay is a one-woman whirlwind: whether she's creating beats, singing, rapping or playing guitar, her wit and acerbic charm shine through. Her talents have led her to share the stage with artists including Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and 3OH!3, where she quickly won over audiences who hadn't seen anything quite like her before. Further setting her apart from the pack, she serves as her own producer in the studio, methodically infusing her hip hop swagger with a dose of sonic exploration.


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