Talkin’ Tunes and Tomboy with Hayley Kiyoko

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve been counting down the days until Hayley Kiyoko’s new EP drops in early 2015. With just the title track “This Side of Paradise” to tide us over, we’ve been impatiently awaiting the singer/actress’ latest indie electro-pop release. In the meantime, we caught up with Hayley to chat about her killer threads (seriously, we’re experiencing a major case of style-envy), dream bandmates, and have her test drive some tomboy style. 


 We’ve had “This Side of Paradise” on repeat in the office lately. What inspired the new EP?

Over the past year, my focus has been on truly developing a sound that I love. Every decision made was mine, and the goal was just to make good freaking music. I love fat, deep drum beats so while making this EP I made sure every song had that driving force. Sometimes you get too caught up in what other people like, so it was important to keep it authentic to myself.

If you could form a girl band with 3 other female musicians—dead or alive—who would you pick and what would the name of your band be?

Sia, Emily Haines, and Gwen Stefani. We would be called Haysia Gwely… so edgy, so indie… uhhhh… maybe not.

In addition to your music, we’re also crushing on your style. What’s the key to a great on-stage look?

Not wearing high heels! There is always a quarter inch on the stage waiting to ruin your moment and trip you. It’s important for me when I dress up to always feel extremely comfortable and myself. I tend to always wear loose fitting pants on stage so I can dance and not feel restricted.

Actress, musician, style maven—what do you have in store for us in 2015?

I’ve got two feature films, a TV show, my Rich Youth merch line, and my EP This Side of Paradise to kick of the new year.

Finish this sentence: Inside all of us is a _________.

Food coma.

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