Sixteen year old Kirstyn Hippe‘s first EP, Metaphors, was released last month. According to the artist, her songs on this EP are metaphorical because she has “no life experience.” Well Kirstyn, you sure have us fooled.
Leaky News: How did you get started in music? How long have you been performing?
Kirstyn Hippe: I started becoming interested in music around 6th grade, when my class did a musical called “We Haz Jazz” (which was just about as awfully corny as the title suggests). There were a few singing solos scattered throughout it, so I thought I’d audition for one. I hadn’t done any singing at all previously, but I ended up getting one of them. That’s when people started telling me that I could actually sing, so I was like “Hey, maybe I could try this out!” After that, I joined chorus and really tried to improve my voice.
As for guitar, I’ve been playing for a little over two years. My dad tried to get me to learn for ages before I finally gave in, but I’m glad I did! It’s the one instrument that I know I’m actually going to stick with. I picked it up pretty fast, and I absolutely love it. It’s also made me become more serious about songwriting.
LN: What instrument(s) do you play?
KH: Currently just guitar, singing, of course, a very small amount of piano, and maybe two chords on the ukulele. I used to play trumpet and viola in elementary school (both were extremely short-lived).
LN: How did you get involved with the online music community?
KH: Well, I’ve been a YouTube buff for a very long time. Before I got into vloggers, I watched a ton of musicians regularly – Tiffany Alvord, Megan & Liz, Christina Grimmie, Shannon Saunders, and Kate McGill, to name a few. For some reason I was under the impression that if I started making videos of myself singing, I’d have instant success or something. I was incredibly naive about the whole thing (I mean, I was 12, so I guess that makes sense). I asked for a flip video camera for my 13th birthday and started posting a capella covers, because I hadn’t started playing guitar yet. They were absolutely awful; I think I got a total of maybe 12 subscribers before I added guitar and actually tried making halfway decent music.
Eventually I discovered Wizard Rock, and got really into people like Lauren Fairweather, Matt Maggiaccomo, Kristina Horner, Christian Caldeira, Hank Green, etc. They really changed the way I look at YouTube and at music in general. At that point I also started writing wrock songs on a separate YouTube channel (accioguitarband) and I’d eventually like to record and release those songs as well.
LN: Tell us about Metaphors.
KH: Metaphors is my EP that I released at the beginning of January. It has five of my original songs on it. It’s the first thing of the kind that I’ve ever made, and for what it’s worth, I’m reasonably proud of how it turned out and how it’s doing. I’m a complete amateur at the whole thing, though; I recorded it (in my bedroom) with a professional microphone, but on a free sound editing software. Russ, a friend of mine, tweeted me at one point and said “Are you going to have that mixed and mastered?” and I was like “Um… what does that mean?” It probably would’ve turned out awfully if it wasn’t for him because he did all that stuff for me and forgave my noobish-ness. I put it together in about a month and a half.
LN: What is your favorite song to perform?
LN: What’s next?
KH: Like I mentioned, I’d like to record and release the wizard rock songs that I’ve written. I really like them, and I’ve gotten a positive response, so that’d be a really cool thing to do. I’d also like to maybe release a full-length album before I graduate high school (I’m currently a junior), now that I’ve kind of gotten the hang of recording. Career-wise, I’d love to be able to pursue music. I’m hoping to go to Belmont University in Nashville, which is one of four schools that offers songwriting as a major in the US. It’d be amazing to make a career out of that, although I know it’s perhaps not the smartest field to go into.
LN: Who is your favorite musician/group of all time?
KH: Ahh goodness, this is such a hard question. I really like He Is We, so I’ll say them!
LN: Favorite television show?
KH: Doctor Who, naturally. Although Sherlock is a very close second.
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