Over the past few years, the organizers of Edge Fest have been doing their best to tread new ground, pushing the boundaries of what type of shows we normally see in Cheyenne.
They’ve been scouting out some of the hottest new talent, artists you may not be super familiar with quite yet, but are expected to blow up in the next couple of years.
Their track record has proven itself by bringing in musicians like Coin, JR JR and Bishop Briggs. So this year, they knew they had to bring in someone who would continue to bring this electric energy onstage while having the tunes to back it up.
Enter Kristine Meredith Flaherty, or as she’s known on her albums and songs, K.Flay.
You’ve probably heard at least one of her songs on the radio, in a TV show or even in a movie trailer. You probably just don’t realize it.
Over the past two years, Flaherty has been blowing up underground, making a name for herself as a singer-songwriter/rapper. You don’t see too many white women who can pull off her chill, yet edgy vibe, but Flaherty manages to nail this persona.
When you hear her songs on the radio, you want to dance along, striking poses and pretending to be a femme fatale, embodying what she sounds like in her music.
So when the officials behind Edge Fest saw Flaherty perform about a year ago in Denver, they knew she had to be a part of the annual concert event.
Saturday night, K.Flay will make her Wyoming debut with her headlining show at Edge Fest. She will be joined by musician Billy Raffoul as her opening act.
To prepare Cheyenne audiences for her performance, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle conducted an email interview with Flaherty about her work and upcoming concert. (Answers have been edited for length and clarity.)
Question: What appealed to you about performing in Cheyenne for Edge Fest?
Answer: It will be my first time performing in Wyoming, which I’m really excited about! Whenever I get the opportunity to play in a city, state or country I’ve never been to before, I take it in a heartbeat.
Q: How would you describe one of your live sets, especially for someone who hasn’t seen you perform live before? What do you want people to take away from it?
A: With my live show, my goal is always to create energy onstage, to be wild and vulnerable, and to give the audience space to do the same. I want people to feel like they can be themselves. But, like, crazy versions of themselves.
Q: You just dropped a new album less than a month ago. How do you feel you pushed yourself creatively on “Solutions”? Were there any particular topics you wanted to cover?
A: The real challenge with this record – and what made it so exciting to create – was pivoting my thematic focus in a more hopeful direction. On my last album, I explored a lot of problems. And at this moment in my life, in my career and just as a human being in the world, I wanted to start writing about solutions, about looking for answers. So each song began with that familiar seed of pain or angst or confusion, but I worked hard to find a little path toward the light.
Q: How do you want to continue evolving your sound and evolving your live act?
A: I think it’s about dreaming big and never feeling complacent. With the live act, I’m working right now to make my fall headlining tour as dynamic visually as it is sonically. And I’m challenging myself as a front person. How can I be more engaging? More expressive? And now that I’m on my third album, how can I re-imagine some of my older material?
Q: I know you have a new microcast (a shorter version of a podcast) out. What made you decide to create this type of project?
A: Well, I love podcasts and produced audio, and I had been wanting to explore making something in that world. The opportunity to create a microcast – a show under 10 minutes, produced specifically for Alexas and Google Homes – came my way, and I took it, knowing that I could be as creative and weird and experimental as I wanted. It’s been so much fun.
Q: What do you want people to understand about you as an artist that they might not already?
A: I kind of feel like an open book in a lot of ways. But one thing that’s always been important to me is my work ethic. More than anything, I value working hard on something and doing that work with people I love. That’s what “Solutions” was all about, and I’m really proud of it.