WCW: Singer-Songwriter-Felicia Douglass

Her name is Felicia Douglass!  If you have not heard about her - you will. I discovered her on FB, where I had an opportunity to listen to her sing. After listening to a few tracks from her SoundCloud page, I was blown away!  Felicia has a voice that is reminiscent of the 90’s R&B queens from our childhood; add in some electro soul from today, then top it off some 80’s influenced melodies, and BOOM!  LEGIT Listen folks! I was grateful that I had an opportunity to interview Felicia about her art, what inspires her, why she considers the songwriting process to be a puzzle, and her drink of choice. Check it out:

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O.C.O: How did you get started with playing – and creating – music?

F.D: My parents got me started with piano lessons when I was little and I was also in chorus and musical groups elementary school through college. I'm very thankful for that today. I didn't start writing my own songs till middle school. I got pretty attached to my 4-track recorder.

O.C.O: What song instantly puts you in a good mood?

F.D: Free by Deniece Williams.

O.C.O: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

F.D: Anywhere and everywhere. I am the weirdo on the train platform singing into my phone to record a voice memo. I'll still sift through memos from years ago and find something to expand upon. I don't have a set process, sometimes I’ll start with a short vocal idea and build around that and other times I’ll work on beats and synth parts. It's always possible to get stuck but I really enjoy writing lyrics and switching out words, it's a puzzle. Collaborating with other musicians has helped me change my outlook on generating material and being open to trying out ideas. If something's not working and you can't fix it, it's totally fine, just save it and make something else. I consider it all to be valuable.

O.C.O: I’m interested in your musical roots – which musicians and songwriters have been the greatest influence? F.D:  What are your favorite albums?

I grew up surrounded by music. My father is a music engineer and when I was younger he turned half of our living room into a music studio. When he worked at other recording studios in Manhattan I'd visit and be a fly on the wall. I loved it. I was introduced to a lot of RNB, soul, funk, rap and rock music through osmosis. I really admire Sade, Sly & The Family Stone, Beck, Janet Jackson, Fiona Apple to name a few. I definitely listened to Supa Dupa Fly by Missy Elliot non-stop for a long while.

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O.C.O: How would you describe your current sound?

F.D: Tropical future funk.

O.C.O: What do you think is the biggest misconception about your line of work?

F.D: That's a tough question. Maybe the glorified rockstar lifestyle? I think some people forget that when we're performing at a bar or nightclub it is still our version of work. If I drink too much I won't perform well, if I'm stuck around smokers I'll feel horrible, if I'm at a loud bar all night I'll lose my voice, and I need my voice to work. Tour can be exhausting and financially taxing sometimes. When I have a long string of shows I should just wear a t-shirt that says I DO NOT WANT TO PARTY in huge letters. 

O.C.O: If we’re going to buy you a drink, what should it be?

F.D: Nothing special, anything fizzy with some fresh citrus.

O.C.O: What do you think about the internet as a tool for promoting yourself & your music?

F.D: I think it's extremely helpful! I've been able to connect and work with so many artists I admire because they've come across my work, or vice versa. I'm pretty lax about posting unfinished songs and videos of the process on social media. With my solo music, I am in complete control and I like sharing different stages of my work along the way. As a visual artist, I often use Instagram as a tool to share new work. I'm also big on spreading love and positivity, inspired by some artists who are doing it right like Sinkane and Dam-funk. I didn't plan ahead when I started them but I have a few hashtag series, #felmoovs is a collection of my impromptu dance and movement related videos, mostly to songs I love, my own music, or city background noise. I'm currently up to 59 videos. My other series #trashreflections is used when I stumble upon a broken mirror set out as trash on the sidewalk and take a selfie. Sounds mundane but I love how different the settings can be, from capturing a vibrant blue sky in the reflection or carefully balancing to take a shot without falling into bags of trash. It's also transient by nature. Pass by the same block the next day and it will all be gone. I'm a New York native and I’m not sick of wandering around in the city yet :)

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O.C.O: What are your plans & hopes for the future with regard to your music?

F.D: I hope to do music full time! I've been doing more songwriting collaborations with other artists which is a dream come true and I'd love to do more of that in the future. I have a few albums in the works with my bands Gemma and Ava Luna that I'm very excited to share. They'll be out in due time.

O.C.O: What advice would you give aspiring musicians? 

F.D: It's a gift. If you love it and you believe in yourself stick with it!

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Felicia will be performing in at Unit J in Bushwick this Saturday September 23rd! Here are the details-Spacey Presents: Felicia Douglass / Photocomfort / Inalukt / John Kengla .  Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @feldou 

Be sure to check out Felicia's site: http://feliciadouglass.com. She has some rad artwork! I plan on buying her CASTLE drawing!

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xo,

Kos

Blazer's Edge

Blazers are usually the staple for a work meeting, but the look is best dressed down IMO.  Add in a killer heel, a white tee and voila: THE WEEKEND OUTFIT!  I partnered with TOBI to try their latest collection.  What is best about TOBI is that they understand the 2017 woman is all about having a tight wardrobe as we are too busy traveling, donating to causes, and being the ultimate boss!  

Blazer: Tobi, Tee: Tobi, Jeans: Level 99, Shoes: Photography by Steve Zak

Blazer: Tobi, Tee: Tobi, Jeans: Level 99, Shoes:

Photography by Steve Zak

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It's professional enough to get the job done but can be a conversation piece at 5pm happy hour.  I loved pairing it with my favorite pair of ripped jeans.  A great transition to the Fall season! 

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Thank you TOBI for partnering with me in this post!

Are you guys excited for fall? What do you plan to buy?

xo

Kos

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Wild, wild, wild thoughts.....

Usually when it comes to my makeup, I’m pretty simple. Covering up my dark circles, thickening my lashes, and adding a sun-kissed glow are the only steps in creating my everyday look. Don’t get me wrong—I love playing around and trying out new products. But let’s face it (literally): I’m not an expert when it comes to applying makeup lol! I’m WAS more of the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kind of gal when it comes to make up.

Rewind to last month…., I decided to try something new and contacted Vanessa Cruz who is THE make-up expert. I wanted to break out of my usual make up routine :)

For my look, I pulled inspiration leaning more towards the vamp punk look I have been seeing lately...  I love it, it’s romantic, dark and brooding and elicits intrigue.

I’m totally convinced that I was an early 80s punk head in my past life time! I love the IDGAF vibe that filled the air during that time: Grace Jones, The Clash, Joan Jett, Blondie, The Stooges. The OG’s, the original hustlers, they started the whole DIY mentally that still exist today! What a time to live amongst that creativity :)

Voila! This was a fun make up session, Vanessa and I were listening to the new album “Grateful” by DJ Khaled in the midst of it, with “Wild Thoughts” on repeat!

Vanessa used the following products, it was a mix of high and low end product!

Brows:  NYX Cosmetics: Micro Brow Pencil in "Brunette"

I was happy to get out of my comfort zone and give a look I wanted to try a shot J. Vanessa thanks again for the encouragement.

If you guys are in NYC and would like to book Vanessa follow her on IG at @glammbyv

xo,

Kos