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Kacy Hill on her debut album, lyrics, and weightlifting

We speak to the singer-songwriter following her appearance in MCM’s festive holiday campaign

You might recognise more than a few of the faces in accessories brand MCM’s newly-released holiday campaign video. Shot by Joe Cavallini, it features an all-star cast including models Barbie Ferreira and Hua Tsai and dancers Les Twins. Heading up the group is singer-songwriter – and Dazed favourite – Kacy Hill, who is no stranger to modelling.

Her success story is well-documented; she made headlines back in 2014 when she went from American Apparel model to Yeezus tour dancer to fully-fledged signee of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label. A steady stream of buzz singles followed the announcement, all of which acted as a precursor to Like A Woman, her full-length debut.

Instead of featuring a series of buzzy, expected collaborations with her high-profile label-mates, Hill took the time to curate her own sound; an interesting juxtaposition of airy vocals with minimalist production and sensual visuals defines her experimental first album.

In the MCM campaign video, we see Hill in higher spirits, dancing, sharing gifts and laughing in an energetic clip which aims to spotlight the importance of unity and inclusivity in an otherwise turbulent year. To celebrate the campaign, we reached out to the star to talk touring, collaborations and her own Christmas plans.

Your debut album explored the complexities of relationships and break-ups as a young woman. Was it difficult to put out something so personal?

Kacy Hill: I think the album felt lyrically ambiguous, so there was a bit of a veil covering everything that made it easy to put out. I would like to get even more personal and specific as I grow in my songwriting.

‘Lion’ was re-recorded and put on the album. Why was it important for you to include it?

Kacy Hill: I had nearly finished one version of the whole album when I put out on ‘Lion’, and it was meant to be on the album from the beginning. Everything got re-produced though, including ‘Lion’.

“I think the album felt lyrically ambiguous, so there was a bit of a veil covering everything that made it easy to put out. I would like to get even more personal and specific as I grow in my songwriting” – Kacy Hill

Are there plans to tour more extensively? If so, what vision do you have in mind for your live shows?

Kacy Hill: I am writing currently, but I want to get back on the road as soon as I can. I miss doing shows immensely.

You’ve talked previously about steering clear of collaborations to focus on your solo work. Now that the album is out, are you working with anyone in the near future?

Kacy Hill: I definitely want to hop into more collaborations now that I’m writing again. I feel a lot happier and more comfortable in the studio these days.

The MCM campaign video is all about friends and celebration. Are there any anecdotes you can share from the shoot?

Kacy Hill: There was a really big fruit plate towards the end. That was a real treat.

How will you be spending your Christmas this year?

Kacy Hill: At home, eating and weightlifting.