KHTS AM 1220's Local Artist Spotlight: KIKstart
Kalia Javan, Izzy Spayd, Keeli Javan comprise the all-girl pop band KIKstart. The pop trio and group of best friends have booked their next gig to perform at the Santa Clarita Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 28 to support the Santa Clarita Food Pantry.
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An all - female band is few and far between in the Santa Clarita Valley. It is refreshing that a group of young girls are capable of breaking the mold of Santa Clarita bands.
Kalia, Izzy, and Keeli specialize in performing lighthearted, upbeat and sunny renditions of a variety of popular songs by rock and pop artists that range from Lorde, Green Day, Hanson, OneRepublic to R5.
Their on stage charisma and ability to confidently navigate across a wide scope of genres showcases their natural and inherent talent they have developed so early on as musicians and performers.
“We love having fun and interacting with people and seeing their faces and their reaction to our performances. We just love performing and making people happy,” said Keeli, drummer and vocalist. “It’s always the best when people sing along to our music.”
Along with being all-female, KIKstart happens to be between the ages of 13 and 14 years old.
Like most preteenage girls, they claim to have crushes on One Direction members Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, and admit to indulging in rampant shopping sprees at Forever 21.
However, what sets them apart from most of their peers is that these precocious songstresses are ambitiously crafting their first single.
“We all pitched in the crafting our first single. It was a big collaboration on all our parts. Our first single is about our teenage years and inspiring others through our music,” said Izzy, guitarist.
“Sharing your music is basically sharing your ideas so we can’t wait to release our first single,” according to her statement.
KIKstart claims their ultimate goal is to send a positive message to their listeners and expand as a band.
“We want to write music that sends good messages out to people who listen to our music. We will not have any bad words in our lyrics,” said Kalia, vocalist and keyboardist.
The pop trio also claims they hope to accomplish these goals while maintaining high marks at the Albert Einstein Academy they attend in Valencia.
“It can be hard to balance school and music, but we always try to put school first,” said Izzy.
Their previous performances include the opening ceremony of the 2013 Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life, an annual fundraising event benefiting the American Cancer Society. KIKstart’s upcoming performance at the Santa Clarita Street Fair is their fourth live concert to date.
“We invite everyone to come to the street fair and check out our performance. We’ll be selling t-shirts and other merchandise and we’ll be signing autographs and taking pictures. A part of the proceeds will go to support the Santa Clarita Food Pantry,” said Izzy.
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