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She may have gotten her start as part of Lil Yachty’s “Sailing Team,” but Kodie Shane is stepping out on her own...after wanting to watch her parts of Yachty's video “All In,” directed by Petra Collins, on loop for the rest of time...we had to know more. And with a multifaceted sound, fearless attitude, and easygoing style, we're predicting that the 18-year-old is headed for big, amazing things.
Leading up to Kodie’s show as part of our UO Live showcase this week in Austin, we were so excited to team up with her as the face of our Reebok Classics campaign. In between shots, we talked with her about her musical upbringing, collaborations with Yachty, and the process of writing music that’s intended to make you FEEL.
Photos by Mayan Toledano
Hey, Kodie, can you introduce yourself to us?
My Name is Kodie Shane. I was born in Atlanta, raised in Chicago. And I’m LIT!
You come from a really musical family, how has that shaped your life?
I pretty much knew what I wanted to do for forever, I just didn’t know how to do it. I knew I wanted to be some type of entertainer. Growing up around it, it’s kind of all I knew. It made me already know what I wanted.
Do you feel like you were destined to do this?
I do, definitely.
You’re still very young. You must have been so young when you were just getting started.
Yep! I’m only 18 now. When I started feeling like I wanted to do music, I was like 13. When I started taking it really seriously, I was 14, 15.
How did you get started that young?
My producer, Matty P, gave me a computer with a whole bunch of beats on it. He and my mom had a studio and I would be at home by myself, so one day I went through all of the beats, picked one out and wrote a song to it. It was more like a rap than a song, so I thought, ‘I’m gonna be a rapper.’ I made all these rap songs, but they weren’t that good. Then I started making real songs, like "Sad."
Is that when you really felt like this is what you were meant to do?
Yeah, when I wrote "Sad." I felt like, ‘Wow, I could really do this, I could make real songs.’ I decided I was gonna stick with it.
What inspired that song?
I wanted to show people that it was ok to be sad or cry. I wanted to tell people that it’s ok to feel like that.
What music were you listening to when you were younger?
I had a Walkman and my first tape I listened to on it was Ashanti, the self-titled album. It’s one of my favorite albums to this day. I love her, she’s awesome. I’m really a fan of ‘90s R&B. Music don’t feel like that no more.
What about now? Are you listening to anything different currently?
Yeah, I try and listen to the unsigned hype. I try to find little stuff that I like, I like listening to new stuff.
Who are you paying attention to right now?
I’ve been on tour, so I haven’t had a lot of time to look for other music, but Future’s new album is really good.
Can you tell us about how you met and got involved with Yachty?
I ended up at his show at the Mascarade. I honestly don’t know exactly how but I saw Coach there and I already knew Coach. He was like “Yo, I manage Yachty now, I want you to meet him.” Two days later, Coach and Matty got me on the phone and they set it up. The first day we met we actually did three songs: He got on my song, I got on one of his, and then we did a new song. We just hit it off, had a natural connection. We knew a lot of the same people, so it was just easy.
How important has that been to your career and your musical evolution?
He’s definitely helped me do a lot. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. He’s helped give me a lot of exposure: taking me on tour, introducing me to the right people. It means a lot. I love that guy.
What do you like to do on your days off, when you’re not working?
I don’t know, I just like to make music all the time pretty much!
So it doesn’t actually feel like work?
No, not to me. It’s fun for me. Unless it’s really early, then it feels like work (laughs).
What if you couldn’t make music? What would you be doing?
Probably movies, acting. I would have to love the movie, love the script.
You’ve accomplished a lot in such a short amount of time and at such a young age. What are you most proud of?
Being in Fader. I had like three pages in Fader, it was beastie. That was one of my favorite moments right there.
What advice would you give to young girls who are looking up to you as a female breaking through in this genre?
I would just say don’t be scared to do whatever you want and be whoever you want to be. If you want to wear boy’s clothes, wear them. If you want to do something, do it. Just be you.
See Kodie Shane this month at UO Space 24 Twenty for UO Live in Austin. for more schedules and information.
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