Fresh on the scenewith atmospheric new offering ‘My Type’, Klay Cartier clearly means business when it comes to music. Born in East St. Louis, Illinois and raised in Kansas City, Missouri he represents the best that the Midwest has to offer with his aggressive and playful rapping and his soft smooth singing – Klay is destined to be one of the biggest superstars of this generation.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
I would describe my music as catchy, upbeat and entertaining
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
Often times I hear a melody first before anything, then I try to put lyrics in place of those melodies. Often times it’s just gibberish and phrases that don’t make sense so after I get the melody down I actually put phrases that make sense and help tell the story I want to tell.
If you could change about the music industry, what would it be?
I would change the fact that it’s 90% marketing and 10% talent. Most of the most talented artists I’ve discovered are deeply introverted and don’t really have the means to promote themselves or just prefer not to be in the limelight especially on social media. I also would change how artist earn very little for streams, it’s absolutely ridiculous.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Michael Jackson and Jeff Buckley are definitely my top two for dream collaborations for artists who’ve passed away, but for artists who are still living my dream collaboration would be with Childish Gambino.
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
For the rest of this year I’m going to release a couple more singles, do a some concept visuals and then I plan on releasing an album very soon. I’m so excited for it!
What’s the music scene like where you are from?
The music scene in Kansas City is ehh. There’s so much talent here, but it’s a lot of gatekeeping and for some of the bigger artists and names to come from here they really don’t do anything to help out new talent. If anything they do the complete opposite but change is coming I’m sure of it, there’s a slew of optimistic bright minds that are persistent with creating a positive culture for the music and arts scene in KC.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
My Type came on the cusp of me dealing with relationships that just were not lasting at all. Every woman I met had severe issues stemming from their past relationships, so often I found myself dealing with a new woman every other month. It was horrible because I had found myself keeping track of how long these relationships would last. I think the longest one was like 10 months but we were never exclusive and eventually, she ghosted me and I found out she was with someone else.