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LA-via-Houston singer/songwriter Kerri Medders has been chasing a dream that is becoming reality. She is a fresh face who’s transition to the west coast, seems as seamless as it is sunny. Her latest single “Back To The Start” is a ballad that makes you want to rewind time and it shows her promise as a budding star.
GroundSounds recently caught up with Kerri for an exclusive interview, check it out below.
For those just discovering yourself, could you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started with music?
Oh man, ever since I can even remember I was always singing around the house. My favorite song to sing was ‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin, which my sister taught me btw, so I have to thank her for that!
What has the transition from Houston to L.A. been like?
It has been interesting to say the least! I’m originally from a very small town on the outside of Houston, where it’s open land and long stretches of it and in L.A it’s nothing like that! There are businesses everywhere and you can practically walk any where, because everything is so close. In my hometown, you would have to drive 10 minutes to get to the nearest gas station… Don’t get me wrong, I love my hometown because it’s my hometown, but L.A is just different and I’m obsessed with the hustle and bustle of it all. I don’t think I will ever get bored here!
The process to “Back To The Start” and most songs I write is about taking my own experiences and sharing them in hopes it reaches other people who can relate. Most of my music is written in poetry form and then I break it down from there. I wrote this song about a tough time I was having in a relationship and the concept was wanting to go ‘Back To The Start.’ Basically wanting to go back before the relationship started turning south. Of course I wanted to make it more of a ‘winter’ feel so I added lines about snow. I wanted to get across that the snow was almost like the relationship, cold. I had help from a co-writer, Matias Mora, who switched some of my ideas around and then my song ‘Back To The Start’ came to life.
What was it like on set and filming the music video for “Back To The Start?”
It was amazing!!! I loved every second of it! We filmed for about three days around San Diego… the cast and crew were wonderful. It was really nice because Ryan Hendrickson (the director) and I were talking about how I wanted to do this video originally and tell my side of the story, and he made it even better than I imagined. The whole video was perfect and I can’t wait for the next one.
What musicians/bands are you currently finding inspiration from?
I find inspiration from Ed Sheeran and Lewis Watson because their lyrics are very poetic and interesting to the ear. Recently though, I’ve been finding inspiration from Charli XCX, Halsey, and even some ‘The 1975’ (musically). I tend to work from a wide range of sounds and I am still finding new inspirations every day to pull from.
How does music make you feel?
Music makes me feel like I’m on top of the world, especially if it’s my material. I like when it’s my material because I’m sharing my experiences with everyone in my way. But on the other hand just listening to music makes me feel amazing. If it’s my favorite bands, it’s like magic that runs through my veins, and feeds my emotions. I always relate to songs, and the feeling is pretty magical.
The inspiration for ‘Take Me Home’ was also based on a personal experience. Last Valentines Day I really liked this guy but it was as if he didn’t even know I existed. After learning that he liked another girl, I was heartbroken so I wrote this song.
When you are on stage performing what goes through your mind?
I want to make sure people are happy in the crowd. And make sure I don’t trip, haha! I easily get lost in the emotions of each song because they are so personal for me. I like to interact with the crowd and ask questions, maybe talk a little bit about myself, or crack a joke (which I stink at). I do that because I know when I’m at a concert, I want to be acknowledged that I’m there… So I like to acknowledge people when I’m on stage.
What’s next for Kerri Medders? What can fans look forward to?
I have two new singles coming out! One is called ‘Take Me Home’ which should be released very soon! The other one will be released after that… To give you the first hint it’s a “sorry not sorry” kind of song. Truly it’s my favorite and I can’t wait to share it. I’m also writing a lot! Trying to put an EP together to be released in late 2015! Then I’m in production for another music video, which I’m really excited for! Part of the fun is putting all the pieces together so I’m currently searching for my next lead guy!
Thanks for talking with me! I hope to continue to reach your readers!