Hey, You’re Cool! Kari Faux
"I'm very receptive of energy and my environment. I like to think I'm adaptable."
Kari Faux is living that good life. It’s her birthday this week, and she’s having a party in New York on Saturday thrown by HYC alum Shabazz of Electric Circus. But every day feels like a birthday, she tells MASS APPEAL. The Little Rock artist is just laying down vocals, making beats, drawing and generally being creative. She likes her city but is grateful her art lets her travel pretty frequently. Ever since Childish Gambino remixed her track, things have been good for her. The move to L.A. for a year helped, too, exposing her to new people and sounds. She’s since landed music on HBO’s Insecure and played a role in Aminé’s “REDMERCEDES” video. Find out more below.
So, Happy Birthday!
Thanks! Even though it’s on Wednesday. But I don’t even care, I just love birthdays. I feel like every day is my birthday. I’m really looking forward to this little party. I’m excited that all my friends are gonna come and dance. I love to dance.
How’d it come together?
I picked the lineup, the host, the place. Shabazz from Electric Circus put it all together. I’m friends with everyone involved. It was her idea anyway, she found out I was coming to New York and was like, “You should have a party.”
Are you in Little Rock now?
Yeah. I was in L.A. for a year. Artists definitely have to leave. I like living here since I can leave like every few weeks. I don’t get tired of it. There are people doing things here, but it’s not really a creative city. It’s geared towards older, wealthy people. A lot of people come here to retire and shit, so it’s not super progressive.
Did your style change at all in L.A.?
It had an impact because of the people I was hanging out with. I’m very receptive of energy and my environment. I like to think I’m adaptable. So I was introduced to a lot of new stuff that I’d never listened to. It influenced me to try live instruments and new sounds. I was always into weird sounding stuff, but people never heard of me until Childish Gambino. So they thought it was new for me, but I change it up every project and try new things.
How’d you link Gambino?
Twitter. His manager and best friend found “No Small Talk” and he wanted to remix it.
How was it doing the Aminé video?
They hit me up three days before they shot it. I literally learned the lines the night before. I said what he wrote the way I thought Cheryl should deliver the lines, cuz that’s what acting is [laughs]. It’s cool cuz you’re on set with your homies; it’s not like work. And we didn’t fuck up that many times. It was the most fun I’ve had on a video set ever.
How often do you produce?
I’m just really good at drum programming. I suck at playing keys and stuff. So I just make drum loops and get my friends who are really, real producers to add other stuff. So Matt Martians, who did “Rhythm Roulette”, he’s on my upcoming project. He used some of my drums on “Baby Girl” then added keys and played textures over it. I wanna learn keys but I’m not disciplined enough.
I hear you have a hidden art Instagram?
Yeah, but let me tell you… I lost the password to that shit! I tried to send an email to myself to change the password but I used the wrong email [laughs]. So it’s over, I’ll just go home. I still make art, I’m just not sharing it. I don’t want to make a new one cuz that’s just excessive. Maybe one day I’ll have an art show. I do paper weaving and little drawings. It’s fun. I post some stuff to Twitter though.
Anything else you wanna say? Anything to get off your chest?
Well, I’m coming out with new music and it’s great and I love it [laughs].