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Hearing Kandle’s music feels like you’ve travelled through time without even knowing it. It’s not that her musical style sounds dated, but that her songs are truely that of an old soul. With those bambi blue eyes, perfect pout, and that Bardot hair, it’s easy to assume that she’s just another pretty face. You would be gravely mistaken.

By Marie-Ève Venne

Two years ago, I stood in a crowd awaiting the performance of an artist that my friend had told me about. On the stage stood a young woman holding on to her guitar like her life depended on it. As she started singing, she morphed into this confident performer who soon charmed everyone in that Osheaga crowd. These days, with the release of her first album, In Flames, she’s becoming known as the singer who’s going to make it big. We had the chance to ask this up-and-coming artist some questions.

Marie-Ève Venne:
Your first album was launched earlier this year, but your name has been garnering attention since you released your EP two years ago. Has the way that people perceive you in the music industry changed since then?

Kandle Osborne:
It’s always a struggle to make waves and get noticed in the music industry. The EP was a nice introduction to what I wanted to do with my project. Luckily, it was very well received so I rode off that. I played as many shows in as many places as possible, hoping to build the foundation of a fan base by “paying my dues” and gain-ing the respect of the industry. So when the time came to release the full length album, we had people who actually wanted to hear it!

Marie-Ève Venne:
Your music has a melancholic feel that makes it sound like something of another time. Were you influenced by older music while growing up?

Kandle Osborne:
Oh yes, I’d say so. I listened to a lot of music growing up, but bands like The Doors and The Rolling Stones certainly excited me more than Nickel back! 😉

Marie-Ève Venne:
What would be your career path, if it weren’t for your career in music?

Kandle Osborne:
I think I would have stuck with photography, which was actually my first choice before the band saw any success. That, or run a doggy day care… I sure LOVE being surrounded by dogs.

Marie-Ève Venne:
Your stage style is really feminine. Is it important that you project a certain image while performing?

Kandle Osborne:
It’s not really something that I think about. I have a certain style that I’m most comfortable in that usually entails knee high boots and baby doll dresses. Luckily I have a designer friend named Yasmine Wasfy of Lustre Boutique, in Montreal, who makes me beautiful pieces that I can move around in, so I don’t have to worry about shopping!

Marie-Ève Venne:
Are you interested in fashion? If so, who are some of your favorite designers?

Kandle Osborne:
I am, and I wish I knew more! I love Yves Saint Laurent (if only I could afford a dress) and just discovered the line For Love & Lemons, which I really like.

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Marie-Ève Venne:
People often say that the Canadian music scene is very small. How can this be helpful and harmful for up-and-coming artists?

Kandle Osborne:
Because of its smallish size, it’s certainly easier to make connections with influential people. When you can get amazing artists like Sam Roberts and Cœur de Pirate to sing on your record and have someone like George Strombolopolous in your corner, it’s not only beneficial, but extremely encouraging and inspiring. The hard part is touring this huge country without going bankrupt and trying to break into new territories, especially the US, which is a huge struggle for Cana-dian artists!

Marie-Ève Venne:
Are you currently working on new material? What inspires you in everyday life to create new music?

Kandle Osborne:
I’m always writing! Music is very therapeutic for me. I write when something is keeping me up at night, or is worrying and upsetting me. I take those bad feelings and turn them into something good.

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Photography: John Londono
Art Direction: Sylvain Blais
Fashion Editor: Cary Tauben

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