Review Fix chats with singer Krysta Youngs, who breaks down her first solo record, “Prescriptions.” Discussing the inspiration behind the record and her goals for the future, Youngs lets us know exactly why she’s an artist to keep an eye on.
Review Fix: How did this EP come to be?
Krysta Youngs: I’d been living in LA for about a year and a half writing songs strictly for other artists. I was really pushing myself to deliver what I thought was the “perfect pop song” but after a while I got really sick of trying to fit inside a box. My rebellion against the music industry came in the form of my EP “Prescriptions.” I wanted to write music with no rules, no boundaries and no expectations. I knew I needed to write it and I knew it needed to be with my good friend Julia Sinclair. So, she flew to LA from Nashville and we locked ourselves inside my guest house for about a week and wrote the entire EP (minus Lone Wolf that I wrote with Zach Michael) while her wife painted outside in my backyard. It was pretty magical time.
Review Fix: What song on this album has the best story behind it?
Youngs: Xanax (A Love Song) is the most personal song on the EP and the song that really defines me as an artist. When I was eight years old I had my first panic attack. As a child I didn’t have a label for what was happening to me, I just knew that every time I experienced it, it made me sick and I felt unsafe. It wasn’t until I turned fifteen that my doctor gave me a prescription for Xanax. I remember taking it for the first time and feeling an overwhelming sense of relief. I realized that Xanax could be used as tool to overcome my anxiety while dealing with the deeper issues through therapy. Xanax truly is a love song to myself and it’s message is that we all have a safe place inside ourselves if we’re willing to find it.
Review Fix: What inspires you musically?
Youngs: A lot of things inspire me musically. Art, photography, poetry, fashion, music…but mostly the people behind all of these different forms of art. I love learning what makes people tick. It feeds my soul and gives me stories to use in my songwriting.
Review Fix: How do you want this EP to be remembered?
Youngs: To me, there’s nothing more intimate than the relationship between a person and music. I want this EP to be like a good friend who accompanies you on your journey through life; one that you love so much you never want to let go. As we get older we get caught up in the monotony of everyday life. But, I think good music is like good friends; when you finally come back to it it’s like no time has passed at all.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Youngs: I’m going to start working on a full-length album. I’ve been spending some time gathering titles and concepts that inspire me and I’m excited to see where that leads me.