In 2015, Kacy Hill released her debut EP Bloo on G.O.O.D. Music. The three-song EP was a small taste of what the introspective electronic pop that the former Yeezus tour dancer had to offer. Last week, Hill returned with “Hard To Love” and “Like A Woman,” two tight tracks that show refinement and maturity to her sound. The two tracks are off Like A Woman, her long-gestating debut album that is executive produced by Kanye West and will be out on June 30.
Earlier this year, Kacy Hill stopped by The FADER to discuss her album, her approach to songwriting, and being part of the G.O.O.D Music family.
You are in G.O.O.D. Music, and over the past year, Pusha T has been named president. How has it been talking with him and working with him?
KACY HILL: Pusha's an amazing person, super nice. I think to a certain degree, I will always be a little bit on the outside of that world just because I don't do the same thing exactly. To some extent I think it's more difficult to have as much creative input and just be as involved in a project that's unseen territory for everyone. I think they've been great and I'm super thankful for them, but I think it's also been my own time to explore and figure out what I need to do. I don't know if it's really their job or their area of expertise to tell a new artist, and someone that's still figuring out their deal, how they can help. That kind of thing.
With some of the waiting, and the label politics, were you ever frustrated?
Yeah, a lot. To no one's fault but my own. A lot of the time, I'm an impatient person, I realize it's not a great quality to have, but it's real. I think a lot of it also has to do with the naivety of never having finished something this big. I look at other things i've done in my life and I've never seen anything to completion in the same way I am an album, what I do with it afterwards, the music videos, just everything. I feel like you leave one rock unturned, you forget about one element and it all starts to sink, like a hole in a boat.
Was “Hard To Love” a difficult song to write? It's emotionally intense.
Yeah. It was like the most emotional song I've ever written, I almost wrote it when I was falling asleep. I got off a phone call, I was kind of angry and was like, "You make it really hard to love you," and was like, "That's a really good song." I came up with the hook as I was falling asleep, recorded it, and I went into the studio the next day and like, I have this idea, we have to do this. I was thinking about The Cranberries when we were writing it. I listened to The Cranberries and I grew up loving them, so I think it was just there in the back of my head. Then we wrote it, and it was one of the few songs that I cried a lot when I was writing it in the studio. And then [producer] Oskar Sikow turned around at his computer and was like, "I was crying a little bit."
Your debut LP is coming this year. What do you hope listeners learn from it?
I don't ever want to come off as super elusive, or too cool. Because that's not at all who I am. To a degree, I can be shy and whatever, but I don't ever want to feel like I'm not attainable or untouchable or anything. I just want to have this dialogue with people and a conversation about being a person, and having feelings and being vulnerable. I think I learned how to be vulnerable, just writing songs and being in some kind of public platform.