Lindsey Kappa has made it a habit of jumping into things with both feet. This has certainly benefited her at a young age with her music career. By her teens, she was already singing, writing songs and performing on a number of instruments. But unlike so many her age, she also had a realistic view of what it was going to take to survive in music. Thus, when her cousin, a touring musician himself, suggested she learn audio engineering she saw it as a chance to hedge her bets.
“I knew when I was 14 that being a musician wasn’t always a guarantee,” she says. “It was a way for me to still keep music in my life and do it for living, [while] at the same time, getting the bills paid.”
Born and raised in Chicago for fourteen years, she had written over a hundred songs, one of them being "Crossroads" on her upcoming 2016 EP. After moving to Minnesota, Lindsey decided to take a leap by making the decision to attend The Institute of Production & Recording (IPR) to pursue an Audio Production & Engineering Degree, rather than majoring in music. But it wasn’t without some level of fear.
“When I first started in the audio engineering world,” she says, “I had zero experience. The only experience I had was performing and songwriting. So I can honestly say I have never been so terrified in my life, especially on my first day of college. Not only was I one of the youngest kids, but also one of the fewest females in the entire building.”
Through hard work and perseverance, she was able to meet other local musicans, engineers, producers, and more through performing and freelance work. One of her first mentors, Kevin Bowe (The Replacements, Jonny Lang), even took her under his wing by assisting him on multiple recording sessions.
"I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Lindsey Kappa (...). I've been so impressed by her technical and personal skills that I have sought her out to assist me on my own recording projects and I have recommended her to other professionals". - Kevin Bowe
As she neared graduation, Lindsey began to realize that her studies at college weren’t giving her the hands-on experience she really needed. At that point, two important things happened at once: her mom took a job transfer to Austin, TX and Lindsey enrolled into the Recording Connection (RRFC) Advanced Engineering program. Again, she made the choice to jump in with both feet, even skipping her own graduation in the process.
“On my last day of school, I got my diploma in an office,” she says. “[I] didn’t go to the graduation ceremony—just got all my stuff and drove from Minnesota to Texas.”
Today, she interns with noted producer/engineer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Jet, Slayer) at The Bubble Recording Studio in Austin. Since then, it’s become apparent that jumping in with both feet is paying off for her.
"She's really important", he says. “She has a real voice on her…she may find her own journey on that duality of being a performer, and then a recording engineer and producer in the studio for other artists. So, I see some commonalities in her that I see in me" . - Chris "Frenchie" Smith
As the end of 2016 comes around, Lindsey will release her first EP, World's Collide. Not only does this album compose of three compelling songs, but they truly introduce this artist with a strong point of view. If it isn't the contagious melodies of "World's Collide" that discusses the encounter of ending a toxic relationship, or the luscious desire for another's taste in "Please Don't Go Away" that brings you into this artist's world; then it has to be the upbeat harmonies of "Crossroads" that captures the decision to let go of fear and follow your dreams.
In the end, it's safe to say that Lindsey Kappa has a message for the world, and we're listening....
*Reference: Recording Radio Film & Culinary Connection: (https://www.rrfedu.com/)