Vixen Chat: Kelela Talks Her D.C. Homecoming, New Music and Adjusting to Fame


Kelela chats with Vixen about being in D.C. and music.

Broccoli City Fest is a healthy lifestyle-oriented festival. Do you have any personal tips?

Well, I’m not perfect but I do my best or I try. I’m generally trying to avoid eating shit. So like, edible food-like substances, anything that’s highly processed and isn’t really going to make me feel good. I have a sensitive body as well and I’m singing for a living, so it doesn’t allow me to do a lot of things that are damaging. I can’t really drink like that. If I smoke it still effects me.

Is there anything that your fans don’t know about you that you’d like to share? I know your fans interact with you on Twitter and via social media, but have you ever felt like, ‘I wish my fans really knew this about me?’

I try to be pretty transparent with the things that I want them to know. There’s nothing that I want them to know that I don’t think they already know. Based on when I meet people, they seem to connect with the fact that I say I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know. I think that there is a message in my music that just speaks to me not having things figured out. And people have approached me and said that they connect with that and that’s kinda the most important thing for me to communicate, that I don’t know what’s going on, too. You know what I mean?

You’re like a work-in-progress?

I’m just a work-in-progress just like you and I do fucked up things and I make huge mistakes. I don’t want to say I’m just like you but there are more parallels, more commonalities that we’re all sort of having similar experiences. Big or small, whatever.