By Aaron Wagner
A few weeks ago, rising country artist Kylie Trout released her latest single, the cleverly titled “Extra.”
Playing off the “ex” phrase, Kylie sings about all the over-the-top annoying ways that her ex is behaving. It’s full of sass and energy in ways that makes the song a blast to listen to. Combine that with Kylie’s beautiful voice and you have a really fun sound. I would love to hear this live.
We caught up with Kylie as part of our Q&A Six Pack series to chat about everything to do with this new release from her.
- What’s the big idea behind “Extra?”
Two words – Crazy. Ex. This song was inspired by an ex-boyfriend who – after we had already broken up – continuously went out of his way to attempt to make me jealous. The song names a few things like unfollowing and then following back my Instagram, just so he knew I would see his name. It just got annoying honestly, but great songwriting material!
- This seems like a fun songwriting session. What was it like writing this song?
I actually rewrote the entire song about 3 or 4 times with different people! Once with a great writer and friend of mine, Jason Hamor, another with Mark Addison Chandler, a third time with my family, then I took all of those ideas and rewrote it once again by myself. That is the version you’ll hear on the track!
- What was your favorite part of the recording process?
My favorite part of the recording process is always watching things come to life. I write songs to an acoustic guitar, then to hear Nashville’s best musicians take it to that next level is always the coolest thing ever.
- What artists and styles come to mind when you were recording that you wanted the song to sound like?
I really admire Kelsea Ballerini’s way of mixing pop into country, so I really tried to go for that feel. Along with that, we went with a vibe like Kane Brown’s song “Good As You”, and I think we managed to capture just the right amount of influences & my own spin on those, perfectly.
- What 3 words would you use to describe this song?
Sassy. Empowering. Fun.
- What do you hope people take away from “Extra” when they listen to it?
I hope when people listen to “Extra” they can relate it to a time in their lives where they had to deal with a very “extra” person. I also hope it reminds all my ladies out there to never settle for less! Be with someone who makes you happy – not crazy!