Hailing from Seattle, Kaitie Wade recognized her passion for music at any early age and has been moving toward it ever since. Since her move to Nashville in 2012, Wade graduated Belmont, released a single, "Tail Lights," and in April, released her first EP, Starts With a Song. With things looking bright for the singer-songwriter, Wade took some time to answer her Essential 8 and talk about the album's title, her dream venue and much more.
What’s the story behind your album’s title?
“Starts With a Song” is the name of the last track on my album.
This song is about how I refuse to compromise my morals and values and I am going to get where I want to be by the only fool-proof and respectable way: straight up hard work and dedication. This song is an honest and slightly comical statement of who I am as an artist. I think people will get to know me quite well by listening to the lyrics, such as “I’m a wreck in high heels, ain’t about skipping meals, sleeping with CEOs or signing ten year deals”. I wanted to just be really real with everyone and be like “hey, this is who I am, and that’s that”. I hope it empowers others too. Starts With a Song was a perfect title to describe my EP. Since this is my debut album, I wanted to emphasise that this is only the beginning. That I have so much more coming in the future.
Where do you draw inspiration from when writing?
I believe the best kind of writers draw from their own life experiences - not trying to fit into a formula or sound like everyone else. I want my writing to describe me - I want my fans to feel like they know me after hearing my music. My writing is extremely honest, vulnerable, and sometimes even witty.I don’t hold back at ALL. That’s one of the main things I have learned as a writer, to not let overthinking get in the way of saying what you need to say.
When/where do you do your best writing?
The place where almost all my songs have come from is my own car. Something about driving down the road gets me going. When I wrote my lead radio single, “Don’t Wanna Miss”, I was sitting in a Wal-Mart parking lot during finals week of my last semester of college. The inspiration literally popped out of NOWHERE. “Just Makes Sense” has a really funny story behind it as well. For a whole summer, I had to borrow my grandma’s 1985 Chevy Pickup truck. The radio didn’t work , so when I was stopped at a long light all I heard was the clicking of the blinker. At one particularly long light, a melody just popped out of me in the same rhythm as the blinker. Then, the song was born.
What’s the best advice to give to a musician just starting out?
As simple as it sounds, I would say start, run with it, and don’t stop - no matter what people think or say. Know that this industry is an exciting, thrilling, sometimes brutal, wild ride and will either strengthen you or crumble you. It’s up to YOU to decide if the end goal is worth the fight - (hint: it is!).I have had plenty of people who thought I couldn’t even pass music school, and here I am with a song on the radio! It’s also important to know that everyone is on their own journey, don’t compare your road to someone else’s.
What’s your favorite food on the road?
It’s important to fill your body with the proper nutrients, to best benefit your performance and endurance. I try to stick to lean meats, greens, and fibrous foods.
But If I am going to splurge I go for Chocolate covered almonds. Oh my gosh. They are SO GOOD.
Do you have any touring tips?
Yes. First off, try to get as much sleep as possible. And to make the most of a long road trip, MAKE FUN STOPS. There is SO much to do in the USA, even in the middle of literally nowhere. My team and I use roadsideamerica.com to find super quirky and interesting stops along the way. It makes it so much fun!
What are your “must have” albums for the road?
Obviously country music, specifically Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Brett Eldredge. OH! And Old school Taylor Swift. I belt that stuff at the top of my lungs. (Sorry, band mates) haha!
What’s your dream venue and why?
My dream venue is the exact venue that inspired my radio single , “Don’t Wanna Miss” : Watershed Festival at the George - back home in Washington state. It is the most beautiful place in the world to me. If I can make it to that stage, I will die happy.
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