Before Bay Area hip-hop luminary Kristine "K.Flay" Flaherty took the stage at Reef on March 23, she stopped by Boise Weekly's hotel room headquarters. Patrons of the inaugural Treefort Music Fest remember Flaherty for her Main Stage show, rocking a Michael Jackson T-shirt while rocking out.
She sipped a can of beer on the BW couch around 5 p.m., after driving in from Salt Lake City.
Q: What'd you do last night?
KF: "I made sandwiches for an hour and a half and then fell asleep. It was a mix of things, because we had some different types of cheeses. It was all a riff on grilled cheeses, some provolone, some cheddar, some pepper jack mixings, and then I did fried eggs, scrambled eggs. Becuase I like to cook. When I get a little drunk I have this weird visceral need to make food for people."
Q: What makes your eggs so great?
KF: "I think the secret is a slow-cooking methodology, I'm convinced. It has to do with, like, a constant stirring, because the worst thing you can do with scrambled eggs, in my opinion, is overcook them."
Q: You were here for Treefort 2012. What's changed for you since last year?
KF: "I just put out a project, it came out last month, called West Ghost. I'm finishing up [a forthcoming full-length] album right after this tour ends, in like a week. I'm done, essentially. I'm going for, like, 10 days to wrap everything up."
Q: You recently added a drummer. Tell us about that.
KF: "I think especially with hip-hop, drums, the percussive element, is so important and so integral to what's happening, that it just seemed a natural progression. [Drummer Nick Suhr], we just kinda hit it off, we have very similar outlooks on music and life and the things that we like to do and it just ended up working out."
Q: Is your music more popular with a male or female audience?
KF: "You know it's interesting. I was talking about this with my manager recently, and most of the shows are like 50-50. I think for girls there's like a "girl power" energy type of thing. You know, kinda "fuck the world." With guys, I think, at least up until this point, it's a lot of people just in the hip-hop scene and into a lot of new stuff that's coming out. It's pretty balanced."
Q: I would guess that hip-hop is a largely male scene.
KF: "Definitely live shows. I'm constantly surrounded by men. It's crazy, we played a little mini festival thing in Denver. It was a hip-hop thing. It was like 10 acts or something, a lot of people on stage, no girls, except me. I sometimes forget about that."