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Meet Chris Kittrell of Heather Strange & Baby Alpaca in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Kittrell.

Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began writing music while I was studying at The University of Cincinnati in my home town. I had a broad study range there and started to focus a lot on poetry which turned into songwriting. In part because of coming from a musical family as well, studying voice, and picking up autoharp, piano, and guitar.

I eventually moved to NYC, put a band together, and started playing shows while I was on a fashion internship for The Row, and next Marc Jacobs. Music started to take precedence and then I never went back to college and stayed in NYC to pursue being a musician.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
At first dropping out of college was a big shock to my family. They were pretty annoyed with me and living in NYC without any real job is also difficult. The first year was the hardest. But, once I found a steady place to live, had my band put together, and formed writing buddies things started running smoothly.

Big changes are always bound to throw you some discomfort. So glad I did it though and fought for what I felt strongly to do.

Please tell us about Heather Strange & Baby Alpaca.
My music has always been dreamy as Baby Alpaca. Kind of escapist in a way. I think it takes the listener out of the world they are used to and into the dreamy one I have created. I am super happy to help people out of the normal and into somewhere they can dream. A lot of press has said I stand out in every room because I am super tall 6’6″, so I think that’s a safe thing to say sets me apart.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The ability to keep on going, practicing my craft as a songwriter constantly, moving around a lot, being newly inspired by different places/people, not acknowledging negative feedback, feeding into everything positive, and the constant search for where I belong.

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