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Feature: Whitney Killian

How’s it going y’all! Hope each and every one of you is doing well out there in the world. Thanks again for tuning into another feature here at the LIFESTYLE. Today, we have a super down to earth artist who has been so kind as to share a few words. There is something so charming about the simplicity of her swing. It’s as if she has invited us to dream with her, and that’s never a bad thing. Coming out of Seattle, operating through performance and staying connected through the likes of tumblr and pinterest(be sure and look her up), her writing is very expressive. The young lady is canary yellow against a clear blue sky. With that said, it’s our pleasure to present you Whitney Killian.

Whitney Killian Feature


I’ve discovered that reflection is the greatest means of self-preservation; it has helped me cope and find peace. I’m emerging from my reflection phase – ready to respond, to react.

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

WK: Born and raised in the small town of Sumner, Washington – but truly bred in the great city of Seattle, my current home. Over the years, I’ve had some pretty amazing chances to grow and express myself as a vocalist. From my high school choir room, to the jam room in Delta Upsilon at UW, to the basement of the house on 55th & Brooklyn Ave, to the stages of dive bars and the balcony at the KeyArena… with some pretty talented people to help me along the way. I currently have the pleasure of singing feature and backup vocals for Ayo Dot, a respected Seattle hip hop artist, and when I’m lucky enough, I get to jam with the amazing guys of Victory Lap, a great side project cover band we started back in September. Throw in a couple reality TV show auditions over the last few years, and there you have it. Music is important to me and my general happiness, so I always try to keep fun projects on the books.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you? How do your projects fit in with that definition?

WK: Reflection has been my best friend lately. Hardships happen, things won’t always go your way. When storms come and all seems to be lost in chaos, there also comes a unique opportunity to reflect about your response to everything that’s thrown your way. The response can’t happen without the reflection, and the reflection often doesn’t happen without the storm. The best part is that in reflection, some of the greatest and most raw work is produced. I’ve discovered that reflection is the greatest means of self-preservation; it has helped me cope and find peace. I’m emerging from my reflection phase – ready to respond, to react. I’m writing every day, humming new melodies, putting the products of my storms onto paper and into song. I’m crafting my response.

What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?

WK: My biggest focus right now is developing my own catalogue of songs and writings. Piano has always been of interest to me, so I’m working to pick up that skill so that I can really start to stand on my own as an artist. Aside from my own writing, I’m loving the super fun and fresh work I get to do with Ayo Dot & crew. Since I joined the band in November, we’ve played a few shows and have been working on some new tracks as a band. Being a part of something new and exciting is completely refreshing, and as an artist who’s looking to establish myself and grow, working with Ayo and the guys has been a great opportunity.

Who or what inspires you?

WK: Lately, the lyrics of great female singers & songwriters have been my inspiration. Ellie Goulding, Stevie Nicks, Adele, Sara Bareilles, and more. These women are powerhouses, and I’ve found their strength to be contagious. I live for the moments when a song – or just one line – can stop me in my tracks and make me feel something, help me gain clarity, or resonate so loudly and so closely that the lyrics start to feel like they’re becoming my own. Those moments make me want to write and create things that will inspire others in similar ways. Oh, and Pinterest and Tumblr, where everyone else’s very public passions inspire me to be a better writer and better human being in general.

Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?

WK: On the subject of the Collective… I respect the work you guys do. So much. You’ve taken the time to reflect and respond, and to cause others to do the same. It’s people like you who inspire people like me to keep working, to keep making pretty things and putting them out into the universe. Thank you for doing what you do.

Shout out to…?

WK: To my close friends and incredible family – you’ve held me together like glue, you’ve kept me laughing (mostly at myself), you are the reasons why I’m still standing, and you are the reasons why I will not just survive, but thrive. Especially my amazing life coach, Cortney – thanks for keeping your big sis in line.

“Make You Feel My Love,” by Adele, featuring Austin Silva on keyboard and Peter Muller on guitar

Untitled By Whitney Killian

you were my sunshine

my warm summer day

but it’s been coming down hard

since the night you walked away

the storm clouds in my heart

keep me crying over you

they darken my days

they’re not just passing through

you know what they say

when it rains, it pours

and it’s drowning my heart

since i’m no longer yours

Victory Lap Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/VictoryLapSEA    

Ayo Dot website: http://ayodot.com/

Whitney’s tumblr: http://whitneykaykillian.tumblr.com/

Whitney’s pintrist: http://pinterest.com/whitkay/boards/

Whitney’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/whitneykay2

-Reflection and Response

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Feature: Stefan Paul George

the Collective builds.

The last feature of 2011. We are thrilled to present the immensely talented Stefan Paul George, whose songwriting and performing abilities have made him a popular performer around Washington state. His 6 albums make up a prolific beginning to his career. His material is original and always just sounds right. Stefan is an artist who has invested in professional recordings that provide a fit showcase for his songs. He also was a core member of the the old Husky Music Community, whose work increased performance opportunities for students at the University of Washington. This is an artist who has used his voice, guitar, saxophone and pen and paper to reflect and respond to the world that’s around him.

Check it – Peep Stefan’s Reflection and Response interview, followed by his original track Save it for Someone Else. Respect!

Each response leads to new reflections…

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

SPG: I’m from Yakima, Washington.  I moved to Seattle in 2007 to attend the University of Washington and have been here ever since.  I love the city.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

SPG: Great artists tell stories.  When I write I do my best to not only paint a picture of what is going on, or what went on, but also to make a statement about it.  Great artists provide with a set and a setting but also a way out, something that makes the situation unique to that artist.  Reflection is important as it gives listeners somewhere to be during the song and a place to feel comfortable, but response stays with them long after and inspires them to move from that comfortable place.  Each response leads to new reflections which creates a cycle that has me documenting my life musically.

How does Save it for Someone Else fit in with that definition?

SPG: ‘Save it for Someone Else’ is a song I wrote while looking back at the time spent with a past friend.  I reflect about reflecting in that I write about driving and thinking.  I reflect that I may have not done things right with this person and hint there may be another way.  I respond to these thoughts in the chorus by repeatedly saying that if someone gave me the option to go back and change my past, I’d tell them to save it for someone else.  So, in response to my reflection of the past, I’m content with it and can’t imagine a different way.

What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?

SPG: Currently, I’m working on a project with my brother Brandon who also plays and writes a bit.  It will be the first time we’ve really recorded together so we are really excited about it.  I’m also working on a solo album and a couple music videos.  I’d like to get into someone a little less acoustic soon, maybe mess around with some electronic sounds but that may be a little too far up the road to talk about…

Who or what inspires you?

SPG: I’m very inspired by my mother.  I like jazz too.  I’m inspired by working in restaurants and being away from home, I love home.  I’m inspired by my friends who constantly travel, and the ones who already have jobs.  I’m inspired by religion though I don’t think it drives my work.

Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?

SPG: If you’re interested in my music and want it all for FREE, hit up- http://spgmusic.bandcamp.com

and if you like that, like me on Facebook

Shout out to…?

SPG: Shout out to Peter Muller, 55th and Brooklyn, Big Fun, HMC, and the entire UW community.   Shout out to my parents for helping me more than anyone else, ever.

Save it for Someone Else

Reflection and Response.

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Tuition Well Spent: A Progression

(Visuals by Vicken Donikian. Audio by Peter Muller and friends)

Ideas progress.

I wrote The Rain in 2007 in Seattle during a bout of particularly bad weather. A few days later my bandmate from Tuition Well Spent, Mike, wrote the lyrics for the tune which would become “The Love.”

The Rain

The Love

We then performed the song live at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre at UW in 2007 and had our friend Ben do some drumming and Whitney Killian added some harmonies.

The Love (Live)

I then asked V do to some art for the Myspace page and I sent him some pics and he sent back the two visuals that accompany this post.

Progression on a multi-medium level.

Reflection and Response

-P and V

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