Published on April 6th, 2017 | by Landon Buford0
Who Is Orlando, Florida’s Pop Artist and Songwriter Kallie
Kallie is a 24 years old singer, songwriter, started creating music at the age of 10 by going in the studio with Kaymont who was associated with Krayzie Bone and Bone thugs and harmony. Although it wasn’t until the age of 18 when Kallie started to gain professional knowledge of music, her rage was all she needed to break out as an Artist. Kallie has many musical influences from all different genres, but is definitely a pop genius! Kallie put a twist on pop music that contributes a variety of people from all ethnic backgrounds the emotional connection and feels they desire for music. This influence to talk to people’s heart comes from Kallie’ strong faith based beliefs.
Kallie officially started recording music her senior high school, having worked with some big producers such as Chris Sernel aka “Oh Hush!“, Lee Major, Wyld Truth, Kid the traveler and much more. She also has many successful mentors on her squad, one being Steve Lobel, who manages big talent such as Bone Thugs & Harmony, Mann and the list goes on. Kallie wants to pursue and bring something novel, and neat to the world and to her generation. Kallie’s success comes from her religion, hard work, advice and growth she’s received from her mentors and peers. Without these strong voices, Kallie wouldn’t be where she is so today.
The Hype Magazine was able to catch up with the upcoming artist to discuss the current music scene in Orlando, Florida, what can we expect from her as far as projects, and what were some of the gems that she took away from Steve Lobel, Krayzie Bone and more.
Being that you started your passion for music at a young age, were you involved with your high school and if so what did you play?
Surprisingly I didn’t get involved with musical activities in high school. I knew the love that I had for music at that time but I was stuck between a rock and a hard place with basketball which was my other passion. During school, I focused on the ball and AAU basketball but I had books and books of songs written that I would come home after practice and open up. I knew a tough decision was looming and that was to either continue basketball or focus on music and the grind.
Can you tell us what it has been like working with artists like Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony?
Oh wow! Just being in Krayzie’s presence as a kid was amazing. You know being so young at the age of 10, I didn’t really know who he was and how big he was, coming from one of the biggest groups in Bone Thugs. I met him through one of my mother’s friends Kaymont who was associated with Krayzie. I remember walking into the studio with them and that day is where I had a new fond love. It was a surreal and an amazing experience. I wish I knew what I knew now back then (laughs). I would have probably been a little bit more excited and got a few autographs (laughs). He was extremely cool and a very humble person and his work ethic are through the roof. I tried to make my flow sound like his. Back when we were all in the studio I would mimic him and try to rap like him and he is definitely one of my all time favorites.
Favorite Bone Thugs song and why? My favorite song by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has to be “Tha Crossroads”. The production on that record is amazing and of course, the flow is as well. Most importantly to me, it’s the song and the meaning, which basically is stating even though we lose the ones we love we will see them again at the crossroads as in the gates of heaven. It holds more weight to me more than ever though. My family and I have taken a huge loss on losing my brother Rod a year ago to gun violence. I know he’s looking down on all of us but can’t wait until we can see each other again. I know he will be waiting at the crossroads to see us all.
How would you describe yourself as an artist in regards to genre and thing of that nature?
I would describe myself as a Pop Rock artist, I feel I have a unique voice, which is different and different is the way to be.
— Kallie (@KallieRock) March 25, 2017
What can we expect from you as far as music projects?
As far as music projects, I am currently working on my debut EP that’s slated for release this summer. We are currently deciding between 4-5 songs out of the many that we have, and still working on new records. After that, we will work towards an album.
What was working with Steve Lobel like?
Steve is an amazing person, extremely loyal, and is very helpful. There is lots of knowledge in that man’s brain. One of the most humble and honest guys I know. Some of the most amazing experiences in my life were because of Steve. From being backstage at shows and being able to be on stage while Mann performed also meeting Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson, Travis McCoy and the list goes on. Just starting out and being able to meet some of your favorite artists, really what more can you ask for? He’s a hustle hard type of guy. Steve never stops working.
Out all things that you have learned from Steve Lobel, what has something that stuck with you as an upcoming artist?
One of the things that have stuck with me from Steve is to never stop working, always work to be the best. After hearing that, it made me think am I working hard enough? Am I putting in as much time as I should? There’s always people that are out there who’s trying to outwork you and for that, you have to work extra hard. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Amen. Where do you see your career headed into the next two years?
In the next two years, I definitely see myself signed to a major record label. I see myself accepting the Grammy for the Best New Artist Award as well.
What is the Orlando, Florida music scene like?
The Orlando music scene is picking back up. Back then, it was the place to be having Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, O-Town, etc. Some of the biggest groups originating out of Orlando and it was very special. Orlando is definitely getting out back on the map and taking major strides. There are some dope artists of all genres and wonderful producers as well. I have been blessed to be reminded of the Backstreet and NSYNC era as I am currently recording my debut EP out of the compound which is owned by Johnny Wright. You walk in and boom you see all of the plaques. It’s definitely something our city can get to again. Orlando is on its way up.
Did you ever go to Pulse Nightclub?
No, I never went to Pulse Nightclub. The events that happened there though was very devastating. It hit a little harder being that it was in my hometown and the fact that you hear a teacher from your high school was in there at the time. It’s a pretty scary feeling.
Who are some of your peers that we need to keep our eyes on?
Trvlr [pronounced Traveler] for sure is someone that you all should keep your eyes on. Trvlr is out of Orlando and managed by DJ Nasty his voice will have you an awe and it’s so different and dope but it’s on some chill music that you can still vibe too. He writes his own music, produces it and engineers himself. It’s crazy.
Are you familiar with Nitty Scott?
Yes. I would hope everyone is familiar with Nitty Scott. She’s beyond dope.
What are some artists that you would you like to collaborate with now?
There are a few artists I would love to work with in the future. I would say Chance The Rapper, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Sam Hunt, and Pink. I’d also love to work with Max Martin and Shellback as that would be a dream come true.
What else can we expect from you for 2017?
There is a lot in the works for my newest music video “Girls just wanna have funds” which was directed by Edgar Esteves is slated for release the end of April, to which we will put the record out on every platform as well. Also the debut EP we have coming in the summer. You can expect to hear a lot about Kallie the artist and person.
Any last words?
Thank you all so much it’s a blessing. Never give up and never stop loving God and loving people.