Kristy Lee Peters (better known as KLP) is seriously multi-talented. She’s a Sydney producer, DJ, radio host and singer who has also recently launched her company, This Is Ricochet.
She’s having a big year, having just written 14 songs during a six-week Europe trip and releasing her very, very good (and catchy) new single Amnesia.
This Is Ricochet aims to unite people from all areas of the creative sector, offering workshops, groups activities and mentorships.
We caught up with KLP for our latest instalment of The Link, connecting you to the ideas and work of women across different industry sectors.
KLP’s appearing at the Forefront Summit this Thursday, aiming to anticipate future culture with 13 different thought leaders across business, science, tech culture and more.
Who and what do you lead?
I’m an artist, songwriter, dj and radio host as KLP, and I’ve also recently started another company called This Is Ricochet.
What are you working on right now that’s got you really excited?
New music! I just finished a 6 week trip overseas song-writing in Europe. I wrote about 14 new songs, so now that I’m back in Australia I have to sit down in my studio and go over everything and figure out what I need to do next to them.
What one issue is making you really angry right now?
Nothing… well… I get frustrated at things. But I don’t think anger is a good way to deal with anything. I allow myself a small period of time to feel upset, frustrated, hurt, then I move on or figure out how I can do whatever is in within my power to make a situation better.
Best piece of career advice you ever received?
Work hard, play hard
What would you go back and tell yourself ten years ago?
It’s ok to say no to things.
Biggest hurdle you’ve faced?
I don’t think there is 1 particular hurdle right now. I’ve been doing music and working as an entertainer since I was 10 years old so I am used to the rise and fall. It’s more so how to deal with the small things, the single email, the one phone call or comment online – and NOT let it ruin your day.
How have mentors aided your career?
Not really. I’ve been and am a mentor to a few people. But for myself it was very much learn by trial an error until I slowly built a team around me that I knew were right for me.
Favourite piece of tech?
Hard choice… my phone which is obvious right? Or my sonos speakers. I have them connected all throughout the house so I can move from one room to another and the music keeps playing. It creates such a good vibe.
What daily publications do you read or follow?
I am subscribed to a few newsletters that pop up in my inbox, but depending on my mood, sometimes I hit delete before I even read them. I have a real love/hate relationship with news and social media!
What apps or tools do you use to help manage your day?
I have lists on my phone but I also use a handwritten diary. Sometimes I love the feeling of pen to paper, and crossing something out when it’s done. I also use this app called TALLY on my phone – you can create as many lists as you want, tally up or down. I use this for exercise, alcohol free days and meat free days.
Any industry associations you’re a part of or that you’d recommend to other women?
As a songwriter, APRA AMCOS. Then I think it’s more about finding strong inspiring women AND men around you to build a community with.
What book do you most recommend to other women when it comes to their career?
The Artists Way. I would recommend this to anyone (male/female) that got stuck in a writers block. I didn’t even finish the whole thing because it got me out of a black hole one just a few chapters in and I was off on my way to full creativity again.
And what are you reading/watching/listening to right now (for work or pleasure)?
I love crime podcasts! I am slightly obsessed with them and listen while travelling, at the gym etc or I watch any docos I can find on netflix, stan.
Where can people find out more about your work? (social media etc?)
I’m @klpmusic everywhere
Got a woman to suggest who you’d like to next read about on Women’s Agenda?
Ali Fleming – she works for L’oreal and is a complete legend!