Get to know Kayla Oxley, a fresh-faced 15 year old from the Sunshine Coast whose debut single has just landed.
She might be only very young, but she already has plenty of experience under her belt – and even more new music in the pipeline.
Of her debut, Kayla says, “I actually first started creating this song at the back of a classroom, the idea just came to me, and I spent the whole lesson writing it down on a piece of paper, later I finished it in my bedroom, at the time I was feeling hurt and just let my emotions run free.”
There’s plenty more where that came from. But before you hit play on her sub-two minute debut, join us as we get to know Kayla Oxley in our latest feature.
01. Name : Kayla Oxley.
02. Where are you based? Sunshine Coast.
03. How did you get your start in music? I got started in my music at a young age but only started recently pushing for my own music to be out in the world.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Five words I would use are driven, passionate, strong-willed, a storyteller and someone who has a strong belief in themselves.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I have always been inspired by artists like Summer Walker and Khelani and old school R&B. I remember one day I was just on YouTube and a type beat popped up. Back then I wasn’t really writing, but it played and all these ideas in my head started flowing in, and I thought to myself, this is the type of music I want to create.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? I must have been around five and my family went out to watch this musician play, and the stage was crowded with people. I had never performed before but I lost my family in the crowd and went up to the guy and asked him if he knew how to play Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ and he said yes, so I started singing and I could see my family in the crowd just be so shocked that I was on stage.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Summer Walker and Khelani are definitely the main influences for me in the female industry but also The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber as well, as they’re both artists that made it so young in the industry.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? This one is very tricky, but some of my all time favs have to be ‘Good Thing’ or ‘Toxic’ by Khelani and ‘Playing Games’ by Summer Walker.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Anywhere, everywhere I go I bring my airpods. It’s like a MUST for me.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? When I’m feeling happy, I almost always have to play a JB song.
Sad? I feel like Bruno Mars always hits the spot when you’re in a sad mood. Not only are his lyrics relatable, the music seems to always have the perfect rhythm.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Rihanna was the first artist’s album I purchased.
12. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I’m actually not too sure, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything other than music.
13. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? I believe it was don’t try to please everyone, because that’s impossible.
14. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Definitely hearing myself on the radio. It felt so surreal to me.
15. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? When performing you have some really weird interactions. I remember one time when I was performing on the Gold Coast and this guy who was covered in blood came over to me and handed me a rugby ball. It was definitely weird!
16. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? I would have to say The Kid Laroi. I think he’s living every Australian artist’s dream right now, he’s killing it and it’s amazing to see.
17. Tell us about your debut release. My debut new song ‘Your Mind’ is about a personal experience with someone who was self indulgent and disrespected me by always treating me like their second option and thought they could always have it their way by only showing me attention when they felt like it or wanted something from me.
18. What do your future plans involve? Definitely going on tour has always been a big part of my goals list, so making that happen would be amazing.