Lily Kincade's ethereal music was all over my fyp, and I fell in love with her dreamy voice. Her new song "Real" feels like summer magic but has this really vulnerable undertone. We talked to her about her new songs, staying motivated, and putting in the work.
How did you get started in music?
Lily: I've been playing instruments and singing for as long as I can remember. I started writing when I was ten years old because I loved telling stories, and songwriting was my outlet. When I was fourteen, I moved to California and really started pursuing songwriting full-time. I knew that music was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so I constantly tried to learn more and get better at every aspect.
Tell me about your song "Real." What's the story behind it?
Lily: "Real" is about giving yourself the closure you need. A closure that comes from within. It is about heartbreak and the hurt you feel when it doesn't seem like you exist or are important to someone.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Lily: Life itself inspires me. As the weather has been getting warmer, I have spent time in nature and have found pure beauty within it. I have also been spending a lot of time listening to Taylor Swift's entire catalog. She has always been one of my biggest inspirations.
How have you been staying motivated to create this year?
Lily: I am always motivated to create. Being creative through music, songwriting, or visuals is an important outlet for me to express my emotions and has always been my safe space. I love TikTok and the number of new people I can connect with on social media, especially my fans. Being able to share my music, talk to, and interact with real people on social media motivates me to create more music.
I love how much you talk about mental health. Why is that so important to you?
Lily: I think it is important because it is often not talked about, especially in pop music. It is important to know that we are all humans and are doing life together. No one should feel like they are going through anything alone. I've always said that my songwriting style is about expressing all of the things in your head that you are either too afraid to say or don't know how to say. If I can help someone get through a difficult time or feel better about their situation, then I have accomplished something.
What has been one of the biggest challenges for you in your music career?
Lily: The biggest challenge is to keep going. Often in the music industry, you are looked over for several reasons. As a female, I think it is even more common not to be taken seriously, Remembering that you have a voice and that your voice is unique, important, and the key to succeeding. I have found that if you keep putting yourself out there and keep true to yourself, good things will happen. I truly believe in the saying that "hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
What's your best piece of advice for young women?
Lily: My best piece of advice for young women is to know that all of the insecurities, all of the things you hate about yourself, and all of your unique qualities are secretly the things that will help you succeed in life. Once you embrace them and realize that they make you who you are and you do not need to hide them, you can heal yourself and start to help heal everyone around you. You are here for a purpose, and there is no one else like you. That is a good thing.
Music aficionado and editor-in-chief at The New Nine. I'm most at home at festivals and concerts. I would love to start a band of all Kanye covers all on keys. I'm a dedicated Jack White fan and when I saw him in concert it changed my life. I'd never seen someone so passionate about music and preserving its history. Every project he does I just worship. Follow me on Twitter and Insta: @etreadgold