Soul Sisters Podcast: Kelly Zutrau of Wet Explains Why Breakup Music is Political

Kelly Zutrau
Milan Zrnic

Kelly Zutrau

One day after the 2017 Grammy Awards, Kelly Zutrau of Wet -- one of Soul Sisters' personal choices for best new artist of the past year -- joined us to dissect the Adele vs. Beyoncé controversy, the challenges of being a high school dropout, and the cornerstone of so many of the songs that Zutrau (and Adele and Beyoncé) writes: heartbreak. 

"Being emotional, as a woman, unapologetically, is political," Zutrau explains. "Being like, 'It’s okay to have a whole album about your break-up and how weak you feel, it’s okay to say that...'"

Zutrau struggles to nail down exactly how many breakups have gone into her albums so far, including last year's Don't You and the new one she's writing now. While she's quick to point out that they're not entirely about heartache, that experience does certainly play a factor in much of her songwriting - something for which she will not apologize.

"The artists that I am drawn to and respect, they stay so stuck to their vision and they have to fight so hard for it, especially the women," she points out. To illustrate, she credits another of this year's Grammy-winners. "Solange is a really good example of that."

Listen to the full episode below, hosted by Jessie Katz and Darah Golub at NYC's Chord Club, which includes a special, stripped-down performance by Zutrau at the end of the conversation. And be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future Soul Sisters episodes.

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