Interview | K. FLAY

Victoria Adelaide: Your new single, Not in California, addresses climate change, pollution, and other issues. Can you tell us about the story that inspired the song?
K. Flay: I was working for a week out of the studio in Stinson Beach, which is part of what I would call, quintessentially California beautiful. It’s sandwiched right between the Pacific Ocean and the redwood forest and, in that environment, my headspace was naturally going towards this physical world that we live in. I think that there is a prevailing feeling among a lot of people in my generation and younger that we’re living in this world that we didn’t create, which is rapidly changing in a lot of frightening ways. I moved to California when I was 18. I fell in love with the state and the ethos of it, culturally and environmentally. There are many things about California that are typically American in certain ways. It represents a lot of the ideals of openness and freedom that are really important to me and were as an 18-year-old. I say in the chorus, it feels like, “We’re not in California anymore,” everything is on fire, and Donald Trump is our president. There are many things about the state of affairs in the United States and all over the world that feel totally at odds with the values and goals that I have and that my peers have…

 

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Crush Of The Week | Curtis Stone

Victoria Adelaide: Your passion for food and cooking started when you were five years old with your biggest inspirations being your mum and your grandma. Was cooking a family tradition?
Curtis Stone: My mum and gran were great cooks but I think I initially gravitated to the kitchen because I liked to eat! Both were great bakers and I had a sweet tooth, so it was a win-win. I guess you could say that feeding people and making people happy through food was our tradition.

 

VA: Some say you can know someone just by looking at what’s on their plate. Do you believe that?
CS: Absolutely, you can tell so much about a person by what they eat—if they’re prone to healthy eating or if they indulge a bit, or whether they may be vegetarians or omnivores. Equally telling to a chef is what someone may leave on their plate…

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