Kyle Meredith talks to new star Alice Merton about her sudden rise to fame with the soulful European chart-topper “No Roots” and the press tirade that followed. The singer explained that her new single, “Why So Serious”, began as a response to the press’ questions about being a one-hit wonder and embracing her individuality through music and a small team. Merton also discussed her German-Canadian-English heritage and how a mixed national identity gives her a special perspective on current politics.
Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via iTunes.