Your first single, “I’m in Love With a Boy,” has been
said to speak to your peers on a few different levels. What do you hope your
music can do for people?
In school, I always felt very misunderstood and I felt like
everything I was doing was always by myself. I was writing about how I felt
growing up. I wrote that album [In Love With a Boy] from ages 13 or 14.
It was really about growing up [during] that super-vulnerable period in my
life, and I would love if people around that age could feel connected to those
songs and understand that other people can understand that.
When I wrote [“I’m in Love With a Boy”], I didn't mean [for
it to have an LGBTQ slant]. I was writing it as a girl being in love with a
boy. But I love that it came out that way. I love that it has this whole double
meaning and I think it's super cool.
What does it feel like to possibly be in line with some
of the other great female performing artists that have cut their teeth on Vans
Well, I actually think it's very cool because, for a long
time, Warped Tour has been known as a pop-punk tour with metal influences and
has a very aggressive vibe. I don't think you'll see a lot of super-young pop
fans [this summer], but I think it's really cool that now they are
incorporating a lot more female pop singers on the tour. Echosmith was on it a
couple of years ago. Katy Perry was on Warped Tour. I think it's really cool
they're opening up to a whole new fan base.
Alright, run us through a day in Kaya's life on tour.
I recently got back from High School Nation Tour, which was
an amazing tour. We'd go to different high schools and perform during their
lunch break. It was so cool. All the kids were calling it “Schoolchella”
(because it's like Coachella) except every school we went to we’d donate
$10,000 to the music program. All the kids who I was performing for were my
age, and it was cool to meet fans and get to know people who could really
relate to what I was saying.
Warped Tour is going to be really different, a lot more
hectic, and a different crowd. What have you done to prep for that?
Because my whole family has been touring since I was four
years old, when my dad was in the Eurythmics, I was basically born on the road.
That’s what I grew up on my whole life, so it’s not as much as a shock for me,
being thrown into doing something like Warped Tour. It’s just like following in
the family footsteps, if that makes sense.