Kali Uchis is the new cover star for The FADER’s forthcoming Summer Music Issue. She is the final of four covers, following Cardi B, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, and Lil Yachty. Writer Jaquira Díaz met Kali in L.A. just ahead of Kali’s forthcoming debut album to discuss how the 22-year-old Columbian-American singer, songwriter, and producer has come to define herself as a person and in her music.
Peep the cover story here.
Kali Uchis on her image ahead of her forthcoming album:
“I like to conceptualize a project before I put it in motion. The last project was all pastels and blonde and pink, all dreamy and angelic. It was very baby. This one is more mature. I feel more in tune with myself, Like I’ve actually come into my own as a woman.”
Tyler, the Creator on working with Kali Uchis:
“Her sense of melody is good and works really well with my chords. We knock ideas out quick, and we trust each other. Our timeline of songs 20 years from now is gonna be great.”
Kali Uchis on advocating for oppressed communities:
“I don’t like to see people using their power over others, trying to hurt people who are weak, or poor, or people with darker skin, or anyone who doesn’t have as much privilege. It makes me so angry. I want to fight for people. I want to be able to make some kind of difference in the world. I really don’t like to label myself. I just believe in standing up for people, and against discrimination. I consider myself an advocate for human rights. And for doing the right thing.”
Kali Uchis on her public persona:
“A lot of times I don’t feel like I’m her. A lot of times I feel like I’m helping her. But we have the same purpose.”