Los Angeles-based electro-pop artist Kayls is sick of men in the industry who have taken her down.
Co-written with trio BRÅVES, the artist is ready to spread her wings against some men in the industry who are willing to put her in a label she doesn’t belong to. Expected to be the next Katy Perry or Kelly Clarkson, she decided to take control of her career. About “Porcelain” and the inspiration behind it, she wrote for us a few words.
Strong. Determined. Real. Kind. Gentle. Thoughtful. Free. Words I’d like to use to describe myself today. When I wrote “Porcelain” with the BRÅVES guys, I had all of these qualities buried beneath everyone else’s expectations of who I should be. This song describes everything I was feeling at the time. Bound, trapped, scared, and discouraged. I now see that I was only bound by myself, and that I was never really trapped. But I was scared, of what it would be like to walk alone in such a big world. Only trusting my own thoughts and opinions for once seemed terrifying. In “Porcelain”, I mention feeling paralyzed and lost. Like a pearl amidst pigs, and that my prize had been stolen. I felt like I had been covered in the dirt of the industry, from the men who wouldn’t listen to me. Who thought my ideas were too unrealistic, and the men who wanted me to be “more sexy.” (Pardon me while I vomit in my mouth.)
“I do believe that we are on the forefront of eliminating the gender gap by calling out the disgusting behavior that has been going on for years, directly relating to powerful men taking advantage of their dominance.” – Kayls
I would have these wonderful opportunities be swept out from under my feet because I didn’t have mutual feelings with a writer, producer, or whomever else. It drove me mad and I wanted to give up many times. No, I don’t think I’m done with these encounters. But I do believe that we are on the forefront of eliminating the gender gap by calling out the disgusting behavior that has been going on for years, directly relating to powerful men taking advantage of their dominance. This is kind of my kicking and screaming song. My breaking point, and I did break. But I alone put myself back together and that is why I am stronger than I have ever been, more determined, more myself, kinder, gentler, and more thoughtful. It’s why I am free.
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