Get to know Bat-Or Kalo in this Creator Conversation as she talks about her new album, Wild Change. She talks about some of the wild changes in the band’s life recently, challenges when making the album, advice for dreamers, and more.
How do you describe yourself and your music?
Free spirited with a purpose.
Use only five words to describe your album, Wild Change.
New sound with an old soul
What was the greatest challenge you had when making the album?
Just organizing thoughts and making sure that my vision and message came across. I approached this album a bit differently. Some songs came together on the road, others, like “Wild Change,” in the studio. Mack McKinney (bass) and Mike Alexander (drums) were very important in the arrangement and flow. And, of course, Trent Bell at Bell Labs was there for sound and vision as well. I knew what I wanted things to sound like it was just translating that out from my vision.
Who are some of your musical influences?
So many to list! Depeche Mode, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Madonna, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Sade. Even Zedd! I’m influenced by so many genres and artists.
What kind of “fix” do you need when things aren’t going your way?
Ha! I see what you did there. Well, a nap. Sometimes to go be alone, or to go on a hike. Sometimes I scream. Or meditate. We all have a purpose, so when things aren’t “going my way” I take inventory. Often that’s how you’re being shown that something needs to change.
What have been some “wild changes” for you recently?
Lots of moves and life changes. We, as a band have had to remain open, flexible, and trusting of one another. Embracing change in life is what it’s all about. And wild change is often what’s needed to get things on course.
What advice do you have for all the dreamers?
“Dreaming is one of the most extraordinary ways we have to seek and find. I often get my answers through dreams.”Keep on dreaming … life isn’t about the material things. It’s about relationships and teaching and learning. Seeking and finding. Dreaming is one of the most extraordinary ways we have to seek and find. I often get my answers through dreams.
What else would you like people to know about yourself and your music?
I love what I do and who I do it with. Mack, Mike, Vallery (manager) and I are a close-knit team and we love what we do. I want to keep growing and building this thing we do and am honored and proud every time I create and perform. Thank you for asking!