Kayla Meltzer is a singer-songwriter, originally from LA, based in Incline Village, NV. She plays a mix of blues and acoustic pop and is known for her unique acoustic renditions of pop songs. Music is the center of her whole life, as she says, "If I'm not playing music, I'm listening to it!"
“The Dragon Song” is Kayla Meltzer’s new single. From the offset, the softness of the acoustic guitar picking and the smoothness of Meltzer’s voice draw you in for what is a notably personal and open account of love. The songwriter’s ability to set the scene and to move from the imagery of the verses to the intimacy and central sentiments of the subsequent sections makes for something that manages to captivate on its own strength alone. Nothing fancy or overly flashy is needed to brighten up the energy of “The Dragon Song”, the realness of Kayla’s lyrics work with the genuine vibrancy of the performance. It feels very much like a live performance, a moment of truth captured, with nothing to hide behind. You can hear Kayla’s connection to the subject matter, and that makes all the difference. We can’t wait to hear more from this up and coming artist!
Check out “The Dragon Song” here and read more with Kayla Meltzer below!
Hey Kayla! Congrats on the release of your new single “The Dragon Song”! What does this song represent for you?
The song represents my own personal struggle with really being vulnerable and letting people in. One of the most beautiful experiences we get in this life is true intimacy and connection, and we can’t have it without letting our walls down. I have been trying to remind myself of this. The song was inspired by the Brene Brown quote “Vulnerability is the last thing I want you to see in me, but the first thing I look for in you.”
Where is the best setting to listen to “The Dragon Song”, and what do you hope people take away from it?
You wouldn’t listen to it in a crowded bar or a club or anything like that. I’d say the best place would be to listen to it with headphones in a car or train. From this song, I hope that people absorb the idea that letting your walls down may come with the price of letting people see both the good and the bad in you, but showing them all of you is worth it because it shows you just how much someone can love you for who you are.
What’s your favorite lyric that you feel has the most impact in “The Dragon Song”? Why?
“That voice again says leave that mask on girl. You need to stay strong.” This is my favorite lyric because I think we all know what’s good for us, but we always have that inner critic or the devil on our shoulder steering us back to old habits.
What’s your creative process like? What emotions do you channel when writing new material?
My creative process is usually triggered by an emotion. My guitar and my journal are my safe place to feel what I’m feeling and explore the emotion. If I feel an emotion that needs to just pour out of me, whether it be positive or negative I’ll usually sit down with my guitar and let it flow. Until very recently, most of my songs have been an outlet for negative emotions. It wasn’t long ago that I fell in love for the first time and now my songs have taken a turn for that direction.
Do you have any upcoming events or shows you’d like to talk about? What’s next for you through the end of 2019?
This Saturday I’m playing at Fat Cat in Tahoe City, CA. Before the end of 2019 I’ll release my first EP “Leaving Dusk Behind.”