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Interview: KTJ & CARLY’s New EP ‘NUKETOWN’ Explores Life’s Musical Explosions

Interview: KTJ & CARLY’s New EP ‘NUKETOWN’ Explores Life’s Musical Explosions


Twin sister duo KTJ & CARLY talk about their explosive new EP ‘NUKETOWN’ and share their sincere, unpretentious opinions about their musical and private evolutions.

It’s really uncommon to search out twin-sister pop/rock artists and songwriters who resonate with one another and their viewers so profoundly.

And but, Los Angeles duo KTJ & CARLY are the actual deal – and their new EP NUKETOWN is producing a fast-growing viewers.


Launched June 22, 2023, NUKETOWN is KTJ & CARLY’s third physique of labor – one which was 100% created by ladies and self-produced by the duo of sisters Katie and Carly Haynes.

The sisters present a reserved maturity and rising emotional intelligence on their highly effective single, “In My Methods,” the EP’s second and closing single (launched in Might). That includes a solo synth accompaniment, the tune explores how small discuss hides true emotion.

Identified for tracks like “Shitty Individuals,” “Pink Ferrari” and “Good Man However” – in addition to their earlier data, 2020’s Identification and 2022’s Ego Demise – the duo excel at melodic storytelling, pristine harmonies, and soulful vocals. In that includes Ego Demise upon its launch final 12 months, Atwood Journal‘s Chloe Robinson praised KTJ & CARLY for his or her “beautiful, detailed storytelling and addictive pop melodies,” occurring to comment how the EP leaves listeners “leaves us with an intense need to find what happens after we detach from our false self-images.”

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KTJ & Carly © Joseph Lee
KTJ & CARLY © Joseph Lee

In the summertime of 2022, the duo launched their first-ever headlining tour in help of Ego Demise, which included dates on the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. Now they share their sincere and unpretentious opinions about their musical and private evolution in 2023.

Atwood Journal caught up with KTJ & CARLY to debate their pop/rock, female-driven, enjoyable, and interesting musical journey – one which’s constantly drawing devoted followers to their ever-growing trigger.

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Atwood Journal: You declare your music to be 100% created by ladies. How does the feminine creative imaginative and prescient affect your lyrical and melodic path?

KTJ: Truthfully it wasn’t deliberate, we simply realized that each tune we placed on the EP occurred to be written by all ladies. I don’t suppose that it essentially influences the music in any totally different path, besides that typically it’s simpler to speak to ladies about ladies’s struggles as a result of they expertise them too, males which have sisters or have a variety of ladies of their lives perceive. It’s refreshing to see as time goes on increasingly more feminine producers rising up and taking on area within the room/studio.

CARLY: Like KT stated, the EP wasn’t deliberately written by 100% ladies. It simply turned out that manner. After we had been writing for the EP, we wrote with a lot of males too and it simply turned out that every one of our favourite songs had been with ladies! And after we picked out all of the songs we had been like, hey that’s all ladies, fairly cool! I wish to suppose that in a session it doesn’t matter your gender or classifications to have the ability to write a superb tune, however I can say proper now that everybody who was part of penning this EP had been essentially the most receptive and felt so comfy to write down with. It may be so much, co-writing. ESPESCIALLY, for those who don’t know them but. Like think about you stroll right into a room, see a stranger, and you then’re like ‘good to satisfy you, wanna write about this life altering tragic trauma I went by means of?’ So it’s vital, no matter gender, that you’re comfy with them instantly or else you received’t write a superb tune and you’ll really feel uncomfortable which isn’t any enjoyable. I believe a variety of ladies have a manner of creating everybody really feel comfy and a protected area to share your innermost ideas, even in case you are assembly them for the primary time.

How do males relate to your music?

CARLY: I hope males like our music! We attempt to make our music for each gender, measurement, race, shade, ethnicity, language, no matter it could be – we would like everybody to have the ability to relate. Releasing songs like “Good Man However” and “Daddy’s Little Lawyer,” we’re actively calling out a person in these songs and felt that perhaps the straight males of the world wouldn’t relate after we launched, however we have now had a lot of straight males in our lives inform us how vital one or the opposite was to them which actually shocked me lol! So on the finish of the day I believe they relate in the identical manner anybody pertains to music. Whereas it could have been written with the intention that listeners take up the tune a sure manner, everybody pertains to music in another way.

KTJ: Most guys love our music and suppose it’s some savage work. There’s all the time gonna be haters/trolls on-line that suppose we’re simply brainless little women lmao however we all know they’re offended as a result of they’re those who painting the poisonous habits we write about. However yeah apart from that, most males which have listened to our music have been nothing however supportive!

KTJ & Carly © Joseph Lee
KTJ & CARLY © Joseph Lee

Let’s undergo the gathering of songs on NUKETOWN. What ought to listeners be listening to emotionally, musically and lyrically in every tune?


Pushing by means of the setbacks in life… We hope that individuals really feel unhealthy ass after listening. Like a confidence booster.


Emotionally, we hope folks really feel heard. It’s all about despair and dissociation, so if somebody who additionally struggles with this pertains to the tune, then I hope they really feel much less alone. This tune has an alt rock pop grungy vibe that drives ahead with the beat with a bit greater vitality than among the different songs.

Shitty Individuals

I’d say that is our most emotional tune within the EP. I do know for positive everybody offers with this. It’s all about making an attempt too onerous to impress and be preferred by folks like your boss otherwise you colleagues, pals or enemies, lovers or haters… actually anybody. I hope folks hearken to this and may level out that they’re doing it, and let go. Simply reside for themself or be taught to additionally reside for themself too. This tune could be very emotionally pushed musically, so it’s obtained a lot of orchestral devices concerned with a slower tempo.

In My Methods

When folks hearken to “In My Methods,” I hope they notice that there’s extra to assembly new folks and previous pals alike and the dialog concerned than easy small discuss. Musically, this tune is unquestionably the simplest but most experimental. We had been very impressed by Imogen Heap and new wave artists that get experimental of their tune presentation. There is just one synth in the complete tune that repeats the entire time, and nearly all of the tune is vocoder. This was positively the simplest tune to provide however like I stated, very experimental. I believe folks will wish to hearken to this when they’re in a bizarre temper for bizarre music, like we’re on a regular basis haha.


That is lastly understanding how social media is dragging us again right into a poisonous mindset so I’m going to ‘area’ the place they don’t have it; studying to unplug. I hope folks can relate to that a part of the tune and really feel like they’re able to unplug. This tune can also be a bit experimental, and it’s tremendous enjoyable as a result of it’s all in 6/8 time signature whereas the remainder of the songs are in 4/4. Hope folks really feel bad-ass and cathartic listening to “Nosedive.”

KTJ & Carly © Joseph Lee
KTJ & CARLY © Joseph Lee

Why do you name the EP NUKETOWN?

CARLY: After we had been children, we used to play this online game after we would go to our cousins. Within the online game, you’ll enter this place known as nuketown and also you basically needed to escape or discover security earlier than the testing website went off. The one dwelling respiratory particular person within the recreation is your self. The entire songs in our EP are about belongings you would possibly discuss to your self about once you’re alone. We name it nuketown, as a result of for those who had been thrown into a brand new world like that the place the one dwelling respiratory factor there may be your self, what would you speak about? Perhaps you’ll discuss concerning the issues on this EP.

KTJ: Nuketown is bizarre as a result of there’s like mannequins in every single place, portraying an image good household in society, however that’s not actual life. And once you see this on the planet and inform your self that since you’re totally different and don’t match into this image good state of affairs/society, it bottles up and we explode on ourselves. We name it Nuketown as a result of it might imply so many various issues in far of who we’re and the way we deal with ourselves after we are alone on the planet.

Which artists are your biggest influences?

CARLY: Recently, I’ve been getting out of my tremendous rock and NYC techno part and I’ve been tremendous impressed by alt pop and indie people like Noah Kahnn, The Final Dinner Social gathering, Boygenius, Tommy LeFroy, The Dare, Renee Rapp, The Seashores, Frankie Cosmos & David Kushner.

KTJ: Billie Eillish, Noah Kahnn, Tove Lo, Raye, Taylor Swift, SZA, Jhene Aiko, Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, Lil Wayne, Hailey Knox, The Child Laroi, SAYGRACE, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Renee Rapp, Amy Winehouse, and TV Woman, (these are simply what come to the highest of my head however there’s many extra).

KTJ & Carly © Joseph Lee
KTJ & CARLY © Joseph Lee

What’s the course of you undergo when writing and recording a tune?

KTJ: Relies upon. If I’m sitting with a sense, I’ll write about it, after which after I’m feeling musically impressed, I’ll sit on the piano and match a melody. Generally I’ll simply go straight into manufacturing and begin writing off of a vibe, which is often what we do in classes/co-writes, however on the finish of the day all I want is my piano and a pencil with paper.

CARLY: We draw inspiration from all totally different walks of life…. We begin by brainstorming concepts and discovering the general theme and message of the tune. We then work on crafting the lyrics, melodies, and harmonies. Generally we are going to write our tune concepts individually and produce our concepts collectively, whereas different occasions we collaborate from the start. As soon as the essential construction of the tune is in place, we give attention to arranging the instrumentation. We experiment with totally different sounds, devices, and manufacturing strategies to deliver out the specified temper and ambiance. Then we file vocals and produce all of it collectively! Truthfully the method is totally different each time nevertheless it usually entails all of those, it’s simply the order that adjustments.

What are your quick and long-term musical objectives?

KTJ: Our quick objectives are to develop our producing clientele, land some cool playlists with our personal music, develop our platforms, and excellent an insane reside set for tour. My large dream is for us to play at MSG someday, however within the subsequent 5 years I hope we’re persevering with to develop and excellent our reside set, open for a sick band on tour (extra importantly for a band that has enjoyable!), we dive again into film scoring, and we carry out at some bucket record locations around the globe. I definitsely wish to go on tour in Europe and/or Asia.

CARLY: So far as our quick objectives go, we goal to proceed writing and recording music that resonates with our followers and captures our progress as artists. We wish to discover our music and experiment with totally different sub-genres, collaborate with different musicians, and refine our reside performances. We’re tremendous excited for the tour arising so an enormous aim of ours is to create a reside efficiency that individuals will love. Additionally we really feel actually good about our EP popping out and we hope we hit some milestones with our Spotify listeners. We would love to go on tour and open for any individual we glance as much as. Long run, we actually wish to create a memorable album and tour the complete world, and basically create a long-lasting profession within the music trade.

KTJ & Carly © Joseph Lee
KTJ & CARLY © Joseph Lee

Any recommendation to up-and-coming artists in right this moment’s musical panorama?

CARLY: Keep true to your self. Concentrate on discovering your personal distinctive sound and expressing your genuine self by means of your music. Hone your craft. Dedicate time to enhancing your abilities. Constantly try for progress and improvement. Make the most of each social media and music platform you’ll be able to. Anybody can do it now. Collaborate as a lot as doable. Above else, be taught resilience. Benefit from the journey, be open to studying, and all the time try to create one thing significant!!

KTJ: In the event you love the rest and produce other passions it’s best to in all probability pursue that as a substitute as a result of it’s a must to give this 100%. It’s onerous and in right this moment’s day and age can take a toll on one’s psychological well being. However for those who resolve to go for it, give it your all and be sure you have or discover a stable help system of those who genuinely care about your effectively being. Study funds and time administration as early as you’ll be able to, as that can be an enormous figuring out think about one’s success. General, be sincere in your work, and don’t fear about numbers a lot regardless of what everybody says, as a result of 1. it would drive you loopy and a pair of. Who cares, we’re all ashes to ashes ultimately so keep true to your self.

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