The extraordinary Krystle Warren returns to captivate the hearts and minds of the Australian public, with a very special Byron performance as part of her national tour. She’s been compared to the likes of Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield. Warren is, however, very much her own person. Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace is the title of the latest release from Krystle Warren & the Faculty. Mandy Nolan popped the questions.
Krystle, what informs your worldview as a singer? How much of our stories do you think we take on stage?
I’m completely influenced by experiences, whether my own or those around me. By the time I take my tunes to the stage, I’ve more or less lived them, so it’s just music.
Are you an old vinyl fan? Do you often go back to those old albums for solace or inspiration?
I have an extensive amount of music at home – vinyl, CDs, some digital. I don’t particularly revisit an album for ‘solace or inspiration’; mostly for enjoyment.
Of all the love songs, can you pick your three favourites? What are the ones that move you most profoundly while performing?
I like Every Morning. I think that turned out pretty well. The One That Takes You Home has a really distinct vibe to it, too. My third choice hasn’t been released yet; Tuesday Mornings from Love Songs – A Time To Refrain From Embracing.
Rufus Wainwright has said he thinks you are one of the greatest living singers at the moment. That’s a pretty awesome endorsement. What is it about the quality of your voice or the way you sing that has people like Rufus and k d lang raving?
Haven’t a clue.
Why did you choose to base yourself in Paris – how has it given your career a different trajectory to if you’d stayed in the US?
I settled down and found the contentment I’d been searching for for quite sometime. Paris is a second home now – the first being Kansas City, Missouri.
What are the things that you are most passionate about?
Sushi, steak, red wine and records.
You have referred to yourself as a ‘budding activist’. Tell us what you have been up to. We are all budding activists, some full-blown in this region!
I’m female, African American, queer and an atheist. Think about it.
What should we expect for your Byron show?
A lot of tunes from Love Songs… , a bit of toilet humour and a few covers here and there. Overall, the perfect evening!
Catch Krystle Warren at the Byron Community Theatre on Saturday with support act Soulman O’Gaia. Tix available at the venue, 8pm.