Kitty Cash frequently tells a funny story approximately the DJ and manufacturing paintings she’s finished because the song enterprise’s “woman DJ Khaled” in step with a Fader profile from 2014, with the aid of using operating with artists from SZA to Rihanna.
“I’m like, ‘I’m withinside the provider enterprise!,’” Kitty, whose actual call is Cachee Livingston, cackles over Zoom on a current afternoon. “I am right here to ensure human beings at the dance ground are forgetting their problems. It’s now no longer approximately me in that second.
Now, the lens is being grew to become onto Kitty, a Brooklyn local who has spent her whole profession making artwork and song for others. She’s DJ’ed for manufacturers and celebrities, created 3 curated mixtapes, every referred to as Love the Free, and made a call for herself inside style circles. Today, September 15, Kitty debuts the primary unmarried from her upcoming album, her first frame of unique song. She additionally sings, raps, and supplies spoken phrase poetry at the album, all of which she wrote in collaboration with musicians like Shelley, (the artist previously called Dram) and Kiana Ledé, who’s featured on the brand new unmarried, titled Just Fine.” It’s a second she describes as vulnerable, one wherein she’s establishing as much as her audiences, revealing the layers to her persona she’s formerly saved hidden.
As a younger Black lady who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, I clearly had a really difficult exterior, she says. “But with my therapist, and post-Covid, I found out it’s k to have fun and honor all of the paintings I’ve placed in, mainly on account that I’ve been doing it for myself.
The yet-to-be-named album doesn’t have an reputable launch date, however Kitty says it’s nearly finished (“When it’s really, a hundred percentage finished, it’ll be this artifact,” she says with palpable excitement). She’s been operating at the album because the pandemic commenced—a time whilst she could commonly be at the road, travelling from metropolis to metropolis DJ’ing indicates. “Some DJs went loopy now no longer having stay performances,” she says. “So they did stay streams, they did Twitch. I determined to paintings on an album.
During lockdown, Kitty turned into additionally operating on a private venture that ended up being key to growing the imminent album. She prepare a brand new IGTV collection referred to as Kitty’s World, a display primarily based totally upon the traditional BET communicate display Cita’s World. For the collection, Kitty created an avatar of herself that could replicate upon a Black lady’s revel in in every episode. She touched at the Black Lives Matter protests, the demise of George Floyd, and her regular life—revealing a one-of-a-kind facet of herself to hundreds of viewers.
Kitty’s World turned into the prelude to my album,” she says, including playfully that she loves “foreshadowing.” (“I’m that nerdy girl, who, once I study a book, I’m like, ‘Bitch! Is this what’s going to happen?!’”) “It turned into a manner for me to begin to open up. I don’t communicate that much, however I turned into speaking my ass off on that. It turned into a lot amusing due to the fact human beings have been like, wait, I didn’t recognize you felt that manner. I didn’t recognize you have been partial to Dr. Cornell West or cherished this, or turned into into that. It turned into an exciting manner to technique way of life and what turned into happening in actual time—and a manner for human beings to begin studying me, although it turned into via an animated, cartoon of Kitty Cash.
Getting to recognize Kitty Cash begins offevolved in Ditmas Park, the suburban-like community in relevant Brooklyn in which Cachee Livingston turned into raised. Following commencement from excessive school, she moved upstate to wait network college—however again to New York City to have a look at on the Fashion Institute of Technology quickly thereafter. She met the singer and rapper Kilo Kish, with whom she have become close—soon, she began out DJ’ing Kish’s indicates, and nearly without delay blew up. She commenced establishing for Skrillex and doing excursions throughout Europe whilst operating in public family members for the apparel logo G-Star. But on account that 2015, Kitty has been absolutely centered on manufacturing paintings, making song with the likes of Kelela and Willow Smith.
Although she speaks at a rapid-hearthplace pace, the use of genial phrases of endearment with near-strangers, she insists she turned into raised as “a completely non-public character.” “Some human beings on social media are so open with all aspects in their life,” she says in amazement. “They’re going to reveal you after they awaken with a head-tie, after they make dinner, after they’re with their family, each component in their life. I’ve in no way been the quality character at that. I do post, however I’m one of these human beings who, once I’m with my family, I’m giving them 2 hundred percentage of my time and energy. I placed my telecellsmartphone down.” But Kitty’s World turned into a manner to begin letting human beings into one-of-a-kind elements of her life, displaying them glimpses of the way she internalizes data and her angle on the arena round her.
While Kitty’s World turned into gaining traction, the musician turned into nevertheless difficult at paintings at the album—or at least, one model of it. Right withinside the center of making the paintings, she took a experience to the Dominican Republic with Shelley and parents from her label, Love Renaissance. They listened to lots of residence song, Amapiano, Afro beats, and tribal residence tunes. By the cease of her live in DR, Kitty again to New York City reinvigorated—and prepared to make an entire new album from scratch. “I turned into like, ‘We gotta revisit our song, due to the fact I need it to experience like this!,’” she recalls. “I need it to experience like whilst we awakened withinside the morning, whilst Shelley could come into our room and sing ‘Gooood morning!’ in falsetto. We failed to want an alarm!
Kitty sees the method as unfolding precisely because it turned into intended to, even supposing it took such a lot of years. Having been withinside the enterprise for almost a decade, I point out that she’s now no longer technically a “New Face,” to which she responds: “I’m truly warranted to be a ‘New Face,’ due to the fact that is a brand new chapter. Anyone who’s made that hat transition from a DJ to a DJ producer—from the Questloves to the DJ Premieres and DJ Dramas of the arena—that comes as it indicates a determination in your craftsmanship, a determination to the affection of song.