Fiendish Conversation with Kenny G from Seattle Met

Kenny G called me up and we chatted. No really. Check it out.

Seattle Living Room Shows Feature from Seattle Met

Here’s my first magazine feature for Seattle Met. It’s on three different ways that Seattle folks (including David Bazan) are approaching living room concerts. Check it out.

Barboza Set to Open Under Neumos

I wrote about Seattle’s newest venue/club over at Seattle Met. Check it.

K.Flay Feature From The Inlander

Get Schooled

Book smarts, stage smarts: Kristine Flahert has them all.

Not many people can claim the achievements that Kristine Flahert can. The 20-something woman has a psychology and sociology degree from Stanford University. She’s taught SAT classes, done some GRE tutoring after graduating. She loves her family.

And she’s toured with Snoop Dogg and Ludacris. No, the path to hip-hop success that Flahert (aka K.Flay) has blazed isn’t exactly a well-traveled one, but regardless of how she reached this point, her skills as an emcee and producer speak for themselves. Her beats are driving, her delivery is sharp. Not bad for someone who only haphazardly picked up the mic.

“I was actually never interested in becoming a professional musician,” Flahert says. “I never even had aspirations of performing music until I got to college.”

It all started with a dorm room conversation, when Flahert criticized mainstream rap to a friend. Her friend challenged her: Could she write a rap song?

Flahert threw together a song with a kid down the hall who made house music. And, almost immediately, she was hooked. K.Flay was born.

“Hip-hop drew me in because, with rap, as a lyrical genre, there’s so much you can say in a song. And I’m a very talkative person,” she says. “It was really conducive to my verbosity. It was like a puzzle to me.”

After sharing the song with friends and getting positive feedback, K.Flay began performing around campus. Eventually she caught the eye of Bay Area hip-hop figures MC Lars and Amp Live, who encouraged her to take music seriously, despite her own misgivings. Continue reading

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Mini-Feature From Seattle Met

In anticipation of the band’s comeback show, I caught up with Benjamin of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band to see what the band has been up to and why it was M.I.A. for a year. Check it out.