In her songs, Kacy Hill often feels like a tranquil figure surrounded by a gathering, swirling storm. On her recently released Bloo EP, Hill’s voice remains clear and steady as electronic textures build and burble around her. This sonic quality fits with her real-life talent of keeping it together, even in overwhelming situations.
In 2012, two months after graduating high school, Hill left Phoenix and headed across the state line to Los Angeles. She had about $1,600, knew no one in the city, and only expected to be there for a few months. More than anything, Hill just saw the journey as a better option than sticking around Arizona and staying at her job at a pizza parlor.
So how did it go? “It was terrible,” she admits.
She got taken advantage of because of her youth. The place she found on Craigslist ended up just being someone else’s living room. Still, Hill persisted out of pure stubbornness and made things happen. She found modeling work and a job selling ice cream in Beverly Hills. “I hustled and worked really hard,” says the now 20-year-old from her (own) backyard. “I just did my best to stay busy.”