Kit Citrine is a United States, Orlando based singer and songwriter who is well versed in the arts of contemporary pop sounds. Kit has recently released an original single titled “Stardust” which talks about love and its capacity and chemistry inspired by and dedicated to Kit Catrines husband. We had a few questions and answers with Kit where the creative process, inspirations and release were talked about. Below are exclusive details on Kit Citrine and Stardust.
What’s the story behind the name Kit Citrine?
This is surprisingly the first time anyone has asked me this! Kit is a gender-neutral nickname, which I really wanted, and I thought it was fitting for a one-stop shop indie artist who does all their own music, lyrics, recording, etc. as “kit” also means a set of equipment for a specific purpose. I love word play. Citrine is my birthstone. As a bonus, it sounds similar to a family surname in my heritage. There are also a few other reasons I chose the name, which are winks to other things about me for those who know me personally.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
That’s a complicated answer. I pursued music as a career under my legal name when I was a teenager. I stopped when I went to college and after that, I adopted a 9-to-5 lifestyle and put music behind me for a long time. After my grandfather passed away, and my dad was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, it changed my priorities.
Climbing the corporate ladder felt meaningless, and I decided to pursue what truly mattered to me and my family. I started working toward all the skills I’d need to pursue music full-time. After my dad was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and then passed away from it a few months ago, it lit a fire under me to get my music out in the world.
My upcoming album “Midnight Masquerade” is in large part about him and the pain of losing him. He was always so supportive of my music, and I hope he would be proud of the path I’m creating for myself.
How would you describe the music you typically create?
Honest, raw, emotional. At least in this phase of my life, that’s what I’m inspired to create.
Who (living or dead) inspires you as an artist and why?
People like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Taylor Swift inspire me for several reasons. First, they are prolific and are always creating something. You only get better with practice and experience, and those two have the grit to keep going and making even when the internet turns against them, or they get negative press.
They are also unapologetically enthusiastic. I’m an enthusiastic person as well and they’ve shown me it’s okay to be myself – I don’t have to feign mystique and try to be “cool”. Both of those artists cross genres and collaborate with others in different spheres, they bring new ideas and innovation in their marketing efforts, they uplift and support other artists, and they wear a lot of hats in their own projects. I could honestly go on and on.
What’s your creative process like?
If I’m feeling inspired, I will run with that feeling or idea and try to build around it. If I’m not, my process involves a lot of play and trial and error until I find something that does inspire me.
What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music?
I hope people who listen to my music feel or react in exactly the way they need to at that moment. That probably sounds vague, but what I mean is that my experiences aren’t necessarily universal, and I do write lyrics that are usually specific to my own experiences, but someone could find a glimmer of their own emotional needs in what I have to say, and I hope they find catharsis, connection, and support in that.
How can you describe the music atmosphere in Orlando?
Believe it or not, it’s diverse and thriving. Many people assume Orlando is just the theme parks. While I love the theme parks, and there are some awesome musicians and performers who make their livelihoods there, there is so much more to the City Beautiful. There are places you can find just about any genre of music, lots of open mic nights, and live music at venues. I haven’t performed the songs from my album in person due to the pandemic, but I hope to be able to engage in the live music community here someday soon.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
I always say I have too many hobbies and interests. I love drawing, painting, graphic design, crafting, reading, thrifting, board games, table-top role-playing games (like Dungeons & Dragons), going to the movies, watching TV, seeing local theatre and performing arts, visiting the Orlando-area theme parks, and supporting local restaurants and businesses, among many other things. That doesn’t even touch the causes I care about and ways I like to get involved in my community, as those are important to me too.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with?
There are too many to list, but I will say I am excited about the prospect of collaborating with other indie artists in the near future.
What is “Stardust” all about?
It’s a love song dedicated to my husband. It was inspired by a reading in our wedding from Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy and the galaxy projector on our bedroom ceiling. I chose a sweet and simple arrangement to mirror the profound calm and unconditional love I feel in those moments of closeness, watching the stars. The lyrics are nerdy and science-based because that’s our relationship style.
Who and how many people worked on it?
I’m proud to say that I did everything myself on the song – music, lyrics, vocals, production, mixing and mastering.
What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?
My next single will be “Hollow” on August 19. It’s a song about the soul-crushing grief immediately following the loss of someone important and close to you. After that, the rest of my album “Midnight Masquerade” will be released on September 16. It’s an autobiographical look at my life during the pandemic. All my singles so far have come from that album. I’m looking forward to people hearing the whole thing and being able to listen to the tracks in order to experience the full journey from start to finish.
If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
You are never too old, and it is never too late to pursue your passion or fulfil a lifelong dream.