Die-hard Dawson’s Creek fans may remember hearing Kim Sozzi’s ballad “Letting Go” on the first soundtrack for the show, but now you may be more familiar with her new dance hit “Feel Your Love” that has been in-demand on the club scene.
We had a chance to catch up with the talented performer as she dished on her music, performing, and recognition for dance artists.
Hi Kim! How are you?
Hi Courtney, I’m good.
How did you get involved with pursuing a career in music?
Yeah, I’ve been singing since I would say about nine or ten years old. I put my first single out in 2000 on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack, called “Letting Go” and it was on Columbia Records. It’s been a long journey, I’ve been on several labels and finally with “Feel Your Love” having my first Top 40 hit.
Yeah, you mentioned Dawson’s Creek, that’s actually when I first became familiar with you.
Yes, I was an avid fan of the show and the music. One thing I’ve noticed with Dawson’s Creek and shows like The OC, One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl they are pretty much an outlet for introducing new artists.
What was it like for you at the time when your song was on the show?
Oh it was amazing. It happened so quickly when I got signed that you kind of don’t realize the impact. I guess I didn’t know how big it was, because now I feel like I’m working harder, harder now than I ever did. I guess being on a major label had its perks, but it lost its shuffle so.
Well I still think it was one of the best songs that played on Dawson’s Creek.
Oh thank you! It’s so funny; when people connect the dots … I have people that like live for that song. I’ve had fans or girls like crying that it helped with their relationship or whatever, but it’s pretty amazing the power of it.
Oh yeah those that say ‘oh it’s my break up song’.
Yeah, yes I know it’s crazy.
So, between then and now how have things been going for you? We know you’ve gone between labels.
Releasing singles … I mean I’ve done many other things with that nine year span there. I’ve definitely had other dance singles on the charts. You know, been plugging away doing several other things, recorded and toured in Europe, Epic Records … had a couple of singles released there. So, like I said I’ve been in the game a long time, but just finally getting some more recognition … mainstream recognition.
Yeah, when I first heard your new song on the radio, they said “Kim Sozzi” … and I was thinking ‘wait I know her’.
Aww, I know I’ve been around. I’m telling you I’ve been around a long time. So I have fans from like you said Dawson’s Creek, Germany, from the dance world, you know all over. Hopefully they all just keep supporting me and helping me continue to build a fanbase.
You know “Letting Go” is so different from “Feel Your Love” so how would you say your sound has really changed?
My whole philosophy on life is you have to stay current, stick with the times. You know the world is different than it was nine years ago; music is different. How I am as a person is different … just everything is different. I don’t want to say stop doing what I was doing ten years ago, I love dance music.
“Just One Day” has been in the making for a bit and you just released it this summer. How does it feel to finally have it out there?
I am so happy, I am ecstatic. When I signed to Ultra Records I had three singles and then they called for an album; “Feel Your Love” is actually the first single off the album. Yeah, it’s been like since 2006 but finally my first debut … it’s great. There’s definitely some very personal songs on the album.
What’s your most personal?
I mean it doesn’t really … now that I’m in a much better place … “Secret Love” was like a very torturous song for me, something that I wrote. That one and what else … I mean I love the album or I wouldn’t have put all the songs on there. It’s really good, being really well received; the fans are loving it, great feedback so I can’t really complain.
And “Feel Your Love” has just been kicking butt on the radio.
I know! Yeah, it’s like a top 10, top 5 record in New York, my hometown. There’s nothing better than like your friends and family, everyone hearing it in the car, at the gym … wherever. It’s just like the best thing ever.
How do you follow that up? I mean do you have any plans for next single? Feeling the pressure?
Yeah, mhmm yeah … it’s funny because a couple of station had already added “Kiss Me Back”, which is number two on the album, and it’s doing well feedback has been really good. Then another station here in New York, a big station, has added “Secret Love” so I guess we’ll see what happens. They’re playing “Secret Love” already, they love it and I really have no control over what stations play. I mean there are other stations that have added “Open Up Your Heart”, I guess once you have an album out program directors can kind of do whatever they want. So, we’ll see what happens, I’m just happy that the album is selling well and that you can get it on iTunes.
Cascada did a remix to your song “Break Up”, and recently performed on the roster at KTU’s Beatstock with you. Any chance of you both collaborating again in the future?
You know what, I don’t know. I don’t want to feel like now we’re competition because back then we weren’t. I was happy that they wanted to collaborate a couple of years ago, but I really don’t know. I mean I’m friends with everybody, the two producers and with Natalie; it just hasn’t been talked about lately. I love Cascada don’t get me wrong but I’d love to work with David Guetta, yeah that would be like my next … Id’ have to stalk him or something.
That’s what’s so great about Twitter … you can. [Laughs]
I know! [Laughs] I have some of my own stalkers yeah.
And it’s legal.
It’s crazy, it’s crazy. [Laughs] But yeah that’s kind of who I’m hoping to collaborate with next.
Speaking of Beatstock, we heard there was over 20,000 people at both shows. How do you prepare yourself to perform in front of that big of a crowd?
Yeah, it was incredible! It’s funny because at the second night at Jones Beach my mic cut out, and I knew something was messing up but I didn’t know that I had shut out. What’s crazy is I just plugged along kept doing my thing because you never want to show the crowd that there’s a problem. I actually got a write up in the New York Times, the whole entire KTU event actually got a write up, but the whole opening paragraph was about how the sound went out and how well I handled it. How dance artists can really sing, and it was just a great article for people in my genre.
It’s funny you mention that because I was recently talking with someone about how with a lot of dance songs it’s hard to sing along because some tracks are basically remixed to give it that club sound. Makes you wonder how those are performed live, but dance artists do really sing.
Oh, you mean the delay and stuff as far as production? I hear what you’re saying, but you can always find a way. That’s why the live version is sometimes different than the radio versions you know … make it work.
I was hoping to make it out to Beatstock, but unfortunately couldn’t.
It was really a good show. I think it was even sold out, I know it was at Jones Beach. I got to say they did a really, really spectacular job. Everything was really A+.
Any new shows you’ve got coming up?
Umm, I was just in Rochester which was a lot of fun doing a concert for PX Live. I know I have thing coming up, my manager is actually out of town for three days where gonna do a catch up once she gets back. But, I’ll be working the record selling the album.
Awesome, well thank you so much. I had a lot of fun speaking with you.
Thank you for doing the interview!
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