UO Interviews: Kacy Hill

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Go behind the scenes on our Puma shoot featuring musician Kacy Hil to discover the inspirations and ideas behind her debut album “Like a Woman.”

Check out more details on the upcoming PUMA & Urban Outfitters: Kacy Hill Live event on 9/27 from 6-9pm here!

Your recent album debut "Like a Woman" is an exploration of your own femininity — how do you hope this theme inspires/resonates with listeners?

In “Like A Woman” I explored my own femininity and what that meant to me and if it makes someone else feel like they are able to ask questions, to be bold, to explore what that means to them and what it means to be a woman or a man who is in touch with femininity and whatever that means to you..that’s important and meaningful to me. 
 
You are boundary breaking in so many ways — In what other ways are you pushing the limits of what it means to be a woman, a creative, an artist?  
 
I’m trying to be able to do as many things as possible and explore as much as I can. The biggest thing for me is learning to be assertive and say when things don’t feel exactly right, especially when I feel like I can have a good solution if it’s going to take more time. Being assertive and saying what you need, not being afraid of your opinion. 
 
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
 
Something most people don’t know about me … a lot. What do people know? [Laughs]. I can lick my elbow. I have a houseplant obsession that’s bordering on a problem. They are going to start moving in and I’m soon going to be confined to a small maze in my apartment. I’m going to have to move out and pay the plants rent. 
 
What were some of the non-musical inspirations that fueled your creative process for your new album? 
 
Most of the inspirations were non-musical. A lot of it was just growing up. I don’t think I grew up with a specific idea of what it is to be an adult, to be assertive, or to be confident. A lot of it was finding that. I was also inspired by people in general. I’m a people watcher, and I love thinking of where I fit in all of that.
 
What’s next for you creatively? 
 
I’m writing a lot more. In the first album I was surrounded by a lot of people just because I didn’t know what I was doing yet. Moving onward I want to start figuring out more on my own, setting my own foundation. 
 
I want to learn as much as possible. I’ve spent a lot of time being afraid of trying things because I thought I would look dumb or silly. I think a lot of young girls struggle with that — trying things that the boys did. You have to explain yourself a lot more, especially if you’re beginning something. I remember when I was younger wanting to skateboard and the boys on the street questioning me. It made me not want to do it…and I think that still exists so much in feeling like you have to be an instant expert. I just want to make mistakes and not be afraid to try.