TEN QUESTIONS WITH KOFFEE
When Calvin Klein released their SS21 campaign last month, our eyes were on Koffee. Twenty-one-year-old Mikayla Simpson is the Jamaican singer/songwriter/rapper/guitarist who is making our favourite feel-good music. She’s also the youngest person and only woman to have been awarded a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category (at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards). Now, Koffee is part of the Calvin Klein crew, so we asked her 10 Questions:
Do you remember the first time you fell in love with music?
"I first fell in love with music while going to church as an infant. I was always very intrigued by various styles of singing and different instruments."
What’s your writing process like?
"Listening to music inspires me to write. Whether I’m playing songs on my playlist or vibing to new instrumentals, lyrical ideas pop out of my head that I try to write down so that I can lay them down in the studio."
Has the state of the world over the last year affected what you’re writing about?
"The pandemic has allowed me a lot of time to think and reflect on many things and to learn and grow from experiences and adapt new perspectives and hone new skills. I think all these things affect my state of mind, the way I write and the things I write about."
Who inspires you?
"My mom is my biggest inspiration. I’m so proud of all the hard work she’s done and the impact she still has on my life."
You’re part of a brilliant Calvin Klein campaign. What does it mean to you to be part of the CK crew?
"I’m happy and excited to be a part of the Calvin Klein Spring 2021 campaign. I think it’s totally cool that I’ve been buying and wearing the brand for such a long time and I now get to represent it on a global scale. Thank you CK!"
How does Calvin Klein fit into the world of Koffee?
"It fits in my wardrobe! Haha. No, literally."
We love your style. Is fashion important to you?
"Fashion becomes more important to me as I experience different styles and cultures across the world. Research and travel inspire me to express myself through my clothing in new and unique ways."
For any of our readers who don’t know, why ‘Koffee’?
"A few of my classmates chose this nickname for me after witnessing me drink a hot cup of coffee one hot afternoon during our lunch break at school."
Who would you love to work with in the future?
"There is a long list of artists and producers I would love to work with in the future."
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far on your journey?
"The biggest lesson I have learned in life has without a doubt been the lesson of being humble and staying true to oneself."