Marta Ryse: Your knowledge base comes from some classic roots of rock. How important is it do you think to understand the history of rock? Does it help make a musician better?
Abby K: I think it depends on the musician and the style of music. For me, my music is influenced by classic hard rock and metal, with hints of modern pop. I definitely think it is important to understand the history of something you are heavily passionate about.
Marta Ryse: As you grew up listening to music, do you recall what your first song purchase was? Was it on vinyl, CD, digital?
Abby K: The first rock song I asked my dad for was The Final Countdown by Europe. I bought the song on iTunes, and I bought the album on vinyl as well!
Marta Ryse: How difficult was it to learn the balance between playing bass and singing and moving around on stage?
Abby K: Playing bass and singing has always come naturally to me, but stage presence did not. I was very shy growing up and typically just stood at the back of the stage with no movement at all. It wasn’t until October of 2019 that I began to move on stage after seeing Nita Strauss play with Alice Cooper. She helped me realize that I could move all around the stage and it would be so entertaining to watch!
Marta Ryse: Do you have a favorite bass you play at home, in the studio, and on stage?
Abby K: My favorite basses are Schecter basses. I have an Omen Extreme 5 and an SLS Elite 5. I love playing my SLS Elite 5 on stage because it is brand new to me and the black to blonde fade looks amazing when the stage lights hit it! I enjoy playing my Omen Extreme 5 at home because that is the first Schecter I got and is the most comfortable for me to play.
Marta Ryse: A power ballad about love is never easy to do. Where did the concept come from for “I Thought That I Loved You”?
Abby K: Honestly, “I Thought That I Loved You” is not based on a personal experience. I realize that a lot of people have been through situations of heartbreak and I like to put myself in other people’s shoes when writing songs. I feel like more people can relate to my music this way.
Marta Ryse: Did you write the song? Do you write most of your music?
Abby K: Yes, I wrote “I Thought That I Loved You”, as I do all of my songs. The only exception is my song “Dirty Love” that was co-written by myself, Eddie Z, and Gary Ramsey.
Marta Ryse: What are your goals, Abby? Do you want to work in a particular part of the music industry or in a completely other direction?
Abby K: I hope to continue writing, recording and releasing music for the world to hear. My biggest goal is to tour internationally, play to a sold out crowd, and have every single audience member sing my songs back to me!
Marta Ryse: Where can we hear your music/stream/download and what is the best way for fans to keep in touch with you?
Abby K: You can find me on all social media @abbykonbass and on my website abbykonbass.com! My music can be found on all streaming platforms under “Abby K”. Thank you so much for having me!