Words: Jo Stewart. Image: Universal Music
What do you get when the owner of a successful recording studio has a child and doesn’t shelter her from the industry? You get Australian recording artist, DJ and radio host KLP (real name Kristy Lee Peters). Peters’ father owned a recording studio and, after being immersed in the music industry from a very young age, the Sydney-based artist always viewed music as a legitimate career path. “From the day I was born I was surrounded by music, so I’ve always been obsessed by it,” she says. “I was very influenced by having a parent who had a career within the industry. I was always surrounded by people who were earning a living from making music, so for me there was never any other option because I was so entrenched in that world.”
Peters has made the most of the blessings that come with having a parent in the industry. In the few years since winning Australian youth radio station Triple J’s Unearthed competition in 2013, she’s become one of Australia’s hottest talents on the electro-pop scene, signing a deal with EMI Music, performing at festivals as diverse as SXSW to Field Day and scoring her own radio show (House Party with KLP on Triple J). While some may balk at having to juggle so many commitments, Peters says that the older she gets, the easier it is to choose where to invest her energy.
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