With vocal chords to rival Taylor Swift, glossy ombre locks and a wardrobe that I could only dream of, it’s a sure fact that Kady Z is the next big thing. She already has a very successful music career over the pond, with songs such as ‘Beautiful Disaster’ (one of my favourites) and ‘One Million Pieces’, but is currently in the UK premiering her new single ‘Crashing Down’. I was lucky enough to speak to Kady about her time so far in the UK, her first experience of London Fashion Week and what it is like to have a famous parent (Kady’s mother is Pia Zadora – Grammy nominee & Golden Globe winner)!
SL: Hi Kady, how was London Fashion Week – did you enjoy it?
KZ: Thank you! London Fashion Week was amazing! I had so much fun.
SL: Were there any shows during LFW that made a particular impression on you?
KZ: I was really impressed by Nico Didonna and Nina Naustdal. I performed at their after parties, so not only did their talent impress me, but I was honoured!
I am told I sound like Taylor Swift a lot. But I love her – she’s great!
SL: I absolutely love your new single ‘Crashing Down’. Are there any particular inspirations behind it?
KZ: Thank you! There are many inspirations! It’s about keeping up appearances and being strong even whilst inside you’re falling apart.
SL: Your songs definitely have a ‘Taylor Swift’ like influence/vibe about them. Are you told this a lot?
KZ: Yes a lot! But I will take that! She’s great!
SL: You are already a pop sensation in the US, and are set to take the UK by storm. What are your impressions of the UK so far?
KZ: I am in love with the UK. Everyone seems to appreciate life and art here so much. And of course I love the accents! :0
SL: Are there any weird things you’ve noticed about the Brits (habits, accent, phrases) so far that is alien to Americans?
KZ: I have noticed how polite everyone is!! It’s wonderful!
SL: Do you have any British influences for your music?
KZ: Robbie Williams is one of my favourite’s artists. I did a cover of his song Feel on my first EP One Million Pieces. The Beatles are right up there too, as well as Mika.
SL: Have you always wanted to sing?
KZ: Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to sing. I got on everyone’s nerves because I could never keep my mouth shut!
SL: There are thousands, if not millions of girls who want to sing as their career path – do you feel lucky that your dream has become a reality?
KZ: It’s definitely been hard work, but fun work. Honestly, I don’t think of it as work because nothing makes me happier. I feel very lucky.
SL: I love the way you have a really gorgeous, girlie and feminine voice that is a mix between country and pop, yet you have this unique, edgy and bold style that sets you apart from others. Has fashion always been a big part of your life?
KZ: I would say I have always had a thing for fashion. Probably due to the fact that my dad has amazing fashion sense and when I was younger, he would always take me shopping.
SL: I’m certainly not surprised that you have been chosen as the new face of Herbal Essences, your hair is utterly amazing – it always looks glossy, healthy and completely immaculate! What has it been like working for the brand?
KZ: Well actually I was the fresh face of the Grammy foundation at this year’s Grammys in conjunction with herbal essences and represented them in their documentary about beauty called, “Behind the Beauty”. It was such an honour.
SL: Do you choose what to wear to events? If so, how do you choose?
KZ: I have a stylist and we choose together. She knows what I like and she always has these amazing ideas that compliment my own picks!
I bumped into Ne-yo on the red carpet, literally. I felt like such a jerk! We both almost came Crashing Down!
SL: I understand you recently attended my friend Nixalina’s (Nicola Watson from sexandlondoncity.com) Intimate Affair party on the 14th Feb! How did you find that? Was it nice to spend the evening at a party rather than piling on the pressure to have an ‘intimate’ date with someone?
KZ: I loved Nixalina’s party! She looked gorgeous in her little Ann Summers outfit, and of course The Wellington Club is so cool! I got to premiere the remix of Crashing Down so I was stoked!! Definitely less pressure, although an intimate date at the Wellington club could be pretty awesome.
SL: I absolutely loved your long white dress that you wore to the Grammy’s, as it’s so chic and feminine, yet with an edge – as you have gorgeous ombre locks! Did you enjoy the Grammy’s? Do you have any ‘behind the scenes’ gossip for us?
KZ: Thank you. It’s a Viktor Luna dress, I felt like a princess! Such a surreal experience walking down that carpet. I had butterflies in my stomach, but I had an unbelievably good time. I bumped into Ne-yo on the red carpet, literally. I felt like such a jerk!! We almost both came Crashing Down. ;p
SL: Despite being a star yourself, no doubt with several celebrity friends in your phonebook, have you ever been star struck?
KZ: Oh for sure! I met Rob Thomas at his concert last month. I froze! It was pretty awesome.
I am not a huge fan of the reality thing!
SL: Has having a famous mother always meant you were in the public eye?
KZ: Yes, pretty much.
SL: Lots of pop stars, singers and celebrities have turned to reality television series to promote themselves/their music. Would this ever be something you would consider? Especially since you have an already well known family?
KZ: I am not a huge fan of the reality thing. It’s all about the music for me, and I think that the music tends to gets lost in the face of the drama of reality shows.
SL: Aside from making your debut in the UK, what’s next for Kady Z?
KZ: Releasing the music video for Crashing Down directed by Hannah Lux Davis. She’s amazing, I am so excited!! And of course we have been touring around the states on a radio tour for the single. We will also be doing some acoustic shows around LA.
SL: Finally, I’m sure we’ve got some aspiring singers and performers reading. What words of advice would you give them?
KZ: Always stick to your guns and never let anyone discourage you. Oh and don’t stink, personal hygiene is a must!