welcome BACK to a new series ! so here’s the thing, i don’t express how much i appreciate the people in my life nearly enough. i know so many beautiful / creative / talented humans!
so this is a virtual museum, an idea i have been trying out for a while. instead of walking through, you scroll through but still get to take in art and hopefully in this case the artist. i think it’s important people feel validated. being a creator and being a young person can be difficult because it feels like you’re just putting stuff into the void of social media without any real sense of your impact.
i hope this series introduces you to the everyday artists, the people that are pursuing their passions even if not for a living. the people who create because they have to. the people who you might not find in a book store or museum or magazine for a few years but are still here right now putting their art into the world. some of these people create in many different spaces and with different types of art, a reminder that we all hold so much potential we can tap into and should never limit ourselves in a world that already tries to hold us back. and oh these people don’t know i am doing this, so surprise!
I only met Kika once in a pizza shop in Dallas, Texas where we were introduced and quickly bonded over our One Direction days. We were both in the south for So What?! Music Fest where we working / hanging out but from that weekend I had no idea what a badass this girl was. Just from her social media you can tell Kika is full of compassion not only for music and art but for people and social issues like inclusivity / women’s rights / etc etc. She has a powerful voice and thank goodness she isn’t afraid to use it. From her writing to her poetry, her platform to her education ( cincinnati bred. undergrad in women’s studies at wheaton college, massachusetts. ) and even her little bit of singing, I would like to introduce you the art that is Kika Chatterjee.
Source: Alt Press (where she’s the Digital Assistant)
“Kika is a self-professed Paramore darling hailing from Cincinnati, OH. She’s a Women’s and Gender Studies major at Wheaton College (MA), because apparently she has no interest in pursuing a major that will help her career. But feminism is cool.
Before she became Digital Assistant for this esteemed website, Kika was a summer editorial intern for AP. In that fateful summer, she curated the infamous office Bae Wall, ate dinner next to Simple Plan at the APMAs and had multiple breakdowns over Lynn Gunn’s nose twitch. It was during this time that she reached the peak of her life when she interviewed Hayley Williams. Prior to that, she thought she had peaked in high school, so thank God.
Ever since getting her hands on All We Know Is Falling at the age of nine, she’s cultivated a love for the scene and all that goes with it. She knew she was in this for life when someone watergunned beer into her mouth at Warped Tour when she was 13.
When she’s not telling that Warped Tour story, Kika likes to sing with her acapella group and cheer with the Wheaton College cheerleading team. She also enjoys the shock value of telling people she’s a cheerleader.
Talk to Kika about dogs, girl groups, and gender equality. Don’t talk to her about hibachi grills, ghost tours and Mamma Mia: The Musical. (She really hates those things.)
And please, for the love of god, follow her on Twitter.”
“That inclusivity is going to pay off in huge dividends, for the bettering of both the fans and the music itself. What if the scene had equal proportions of gender identities, of color, of sexual orientations, abilities and body types? What kind of stories would we be able to tell? Whose lives could we tap into with the power of music? Isn’t that what music is supposed to do in the first place?”
“Tell us exactly what it’s like to be a woman in music—tell us exactly how wonderful it is, but also exactly what hurts. Don’t let music fans believe that everything is just fine, because it’s not. ”
“Even four years after leaving the church, it’s a sentiment that still delicately threads its way through Microwave’s music, threatening to unravel into breakdown at any moment. I tell Hardy that I’m also a writer, and I’ve always believed that we need to first write about the things that weigh on us the most before we can feasibly write about anything else.”
“Yes, they’re a punk rock band—and a great one at that—and yes, they’re made up of all women, but you can’t put them in a Bikini Kill-stamped box, and their upcoming debut album Deep Dream won’t let you. There’s an unflinching complexity to them that “girl bands” are so infrequently afforded, wherein they get to write songs about surviving sexual assault, but they also get to write songs inspired by viral videos. And why shouldn’t they?”