Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Fort Dodge native Heather Kelly is a prolific singer-songwriter who began within the music scene again in 2006. With greater than 20 years of expertise within the music business, Kelly has launched 4 albums because the lead vocalist of the group HipKnosis, previously generally known as H&Ok, and plenty of singles as a solo artist.

When describing the very starting of her profession, Kelly stated “In 2004, I used to be invited to play violin with the Blue Canoe Band primarily based out of Humboldt. That’s once I met lead guitarist, Erick Hovey, who’s my longest grownup pal thus far. Sooner or later Erick noticed some potential in me and he took me to Junior’s Motel Recording Studio”.

It was then that Kelly met Kirk Kaufman, with whom she would kind H&Ok. Kelly stated “the minute Kirk and I met we linked instantly.”

H&Ok would launch their first album in 2008 titled “Catch a Rainbow.” The album would function Kelly on vocals, piano, violin, and percussion whereas Kaufman performed bass guitar, kick drum, and did vocals as effectively. This could be the one album underneath the H&Ok identify as they’d transition to HipKnosis with their second album, 2010’s “HipKnosis”.

Kelly and Kaufman have been later joined by Melvin James on lead guitar in 2008. Dave Hearn would be a part of and supply new music and piano in 2010, and Jon Passow joined on the drums creating the whole lineup of HipKnosis by 2012. HipKnosis would go on to launch the remaining two of their 4 albums earlier than disbanding in 2015.

“We disbanded in 2015,” Kelly stated. “And , lots of people might imagine once you disband it’s a nasty factor. However there have been no harsh emotions. Kirk had aspirations and issues he wished to complete, in addition to among the others.”

Kelly added “I began a solo profession, simply Heather Kelly music. And what’s fascinating about how HipKnosis disbanded, I’m now a solo artist, however everyone that was in HipKnosis is taking part in on my tracks. So I imply it’s type of full circle. They’re all nice to play anytime I would like them.”

Kelly may be very appreciative and grateful in the direction of all of the musicians she has been in a position to play with. The entire different members of HipKnosis have been inducted into the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Corridor of Fame and have been in a position to lend their expertise in the direction of Kelly’s development as an artist. Alongside along with her former bandmates, Kelly is presently writing music with Hearn who performed with the Fort Dodge band The Hawks alongside Kaufman. Kelly has praised everybody she has had the privilege to work with, particularly Kaufman, whom Kelly stated has “had my again and supported my each concept or venture I’ve had over the past 17 years.”

HipKnosis had a extra pop rock sound whereas Kelly’s solo work takes a extra different sonic high quality.

“One factor I don’t do is I don’t attempt to create music that’s trending,” she stated. ” I wish to create my very own sound.”

Whereas Kelly doesn’t essentially method music creation with a style in thoughts, she additionally said ” I feel what I actually favored is simply indie music, different, pop, rock. You recognize, proper in there. That’s type of what I like.”

” I usually write on the piano,” she stated of her method to writing music.” And I’ll type of begin writing one thing after which I’ll really get it to some extent the place there’s a verse and a bridge and a refrain, , and I really feel the construction coming collectively. At that time, I sit and stare on the paper, with my pen in my hand till phrases appear to make sense. Effectively, then, when you suppose you’ve type of obtained it you do a primary monitor, you document a primary monitor so you can begin type of constructing round that. And once I say construct round it, that’s when I’ve Dave, Kirk, or Melvin or anyone else put their elements in.”

Kelly continued saying “piano is my go to writing instrument so I often provide you with what I name a ‘ditty’ on the piano. After which when it begins to kind itself, that’s once I begin placing lyrics to it. I generally tend to jot down type of ballad-like songs myself, however then once I defined it to the band, how I need it with Melvin with ‘OK, now right here’s the place I heard this this large guitar’, , or heavy bass right here and drums, , then I can begin producing it as I see match.”

Whereas Kelly releases her solo work, she additionally hosts a podcast for Fort Dodge Radio known as The Indie Music Room. The podcast began on June 15, 2019, with the fortieth episode releasing on Nov. 1 of this 12 months. The Indie Music Room is a podcast the place Kelly brings in upcoming artists to showcase a few of their music and talk about their inventive course of.

When speaking about her mission assertion for the podcast, Kelly stated ” I do know each side of making an attempt to advertise your music and reserving after which the writing and the recording. So I simply thought I’d open up a platform the place individuals who could not have had the possibility to be heard, can undergo me and with their impartial music.”

“I simply really feel like I wish to assist these folks unfold the phrase and I’ll share my data with them and, promote them and assist them as a lot as I can,” she added. “I don’t make any cash doing what I do, however I do it as a result of I find it irresistible.”

The submission tips will be discovered on their web page on the Fort Dodge Radio web site.

When prompted about what recommendation she would give for brand new musicians, Kelly stated “I’d inform them to be affected person.”

” I’d inform them to by no means attempt to appease folks,” she added. “Be true to your self, authenticity, as a result of folks generally don’t know what they like till they hear it. You’ve obtained to remain true to your self. You’ve set to work laborious. This isn’t a simple enterprise. I’m undoubtedly not getting wealthy off of it. However I’ve loved your complete journey and nonetheless proceed to do it.”

“I’d say attain out to different folks which are impartial artists and see what they do to get concepts so far as advertising and selling,” she stated.

Kelly’s years of expertise within the music business is one thing she is hoping to share with many upcoming artists sooner or later.


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