Kady Z: Dance Music with a Soul
It’s refreshing to find a performer who is not following the current craze in female pop singers. You know, the big hair, the glitter make-up, outrageous outfits and controversial lyrics... and I’m not talking about Lady Gaga but the latest pack of wannabes who pop up on the scene every five minutes. Musical artist, Kady Z relies on her strong vocals, thoughtful and emotional songwriting skills and natural beauty to achieve something she has coined, "dance music with a soul."
For those of us of a certain generation, if she looks slightly familiar, it’s possibly because she is the daughter of recording artist/actress, Pia Zadora. Kady Z has been in love with singing since she was a very small child and was raised in a musical family. Now, she has just released her debut EP titled "One Million Pieces." Talking with Kady Z for The Rage Monthly, she comes across as a wholesome, cute and unpretentious 20-something performer who is excited to present her songs and talent. Here, she talks of the songwriting process, a bit of family history and a few anecdotes about some of her favorite things.
Your cover of the Robbie Williams song, "Feel" really shows how beautiful your voice is and also, how strong you are vocally. Even though you wrote all the remaining songs on the record, why did you choose to cover this song?
I love Robbie Williams and the song really captured me when I first heard it. It’s so haunting and emotional and dark on the lyrics. Yet, at the same time the melody just makes you want to live, you know. It caught me right then and I just knew I wanted to make it my own.
Yeah, the music box sound of the intro is haunting like you said. That’s very much the case.
Yeah, thank you. That’s what I felt when we did it... in our own way.
The arrangements and production values of music, specifically on your song, "Save Me" is so nicely done. How would you describe the experience of working alongside ToneDef for your debut?
Oh man, he’s the best. He’s just so "on it" and professional. He understood every- thing that I wanted to portray in the music. It was just great. We clicked and we had so much fun. "Save Me" was the last song we did. We wanted to chill it out a little bit and make it that song where"this is kind of special in its own way." I’m very lucky to have found him.
I have to say, for me, "Beautiful Disaster" has a real country vibe to it. It’s along the lines of a song that Taylor Swift would do. The video for that would really work on the Country Music Television[CMT] network. Is there any chance that song might cross over into country?
That’s a very good question. I didn’t even think of it until a couple of other people mentioned that too. I think you’re right. I think it definitely does have that cross- over vibe. It’s pretty cool because I’m a huge fan of country music and that would be awesome.
The video already has that country feeling... just substitute some banjos in place of the synth and there you go.
Very true, very true. I like that idea.
Your mom released an album in 1989 called Pia Z. The final song on that was called "Kady." Will you please share your backstory on this?
That song... I was so excited because my brother, Christopher... he didn’t have a song. I was younger and when you’re young, your sibling is your "punching bag" a little bit. So, I was always like, "I got a song and you didn’t!" But, I always felt very proud of that song. I have a little part in the middle where I say something like, "Can you see the angels, mommy? Can you see them?"