Amanda Rosenblatt, marketing coordinator in San Diego
What about Kesha inspires you?
Kesha inspires me because I can relate a lot to her journey of finding what she wanted to do with her life, but coming across a lot of pitfalls on her way to doing what she actually wanted to do with her career. I can’t relate to this horrific legal battle, but I know she’ll overcome this struggle at some point. I love her ability to overcome adversity, I love her creativity, and I love that, despite the fact that she has been hurt in life, she has nothing but love. She uses her mantle to give a voice to others, such as abused animals, sexual assault victims, the depressed, the LGBT community, and many more subjugated people.
How long have you been an Animal?
I have always loved Kesha’s music and her as a person ever since “TiK ToK” first came out, but because I was an “older” fan of hers and not a party all night personality, I didn’t tell anybody. It wasn’t until she came out with the reality show My Crazy Beautiful Life, as well as [had] a lot of personal growth in my life, that I was vocal about being a Kesha fan. Her music made me happy, and it is sad I didn’t really join that fan community until then, but here I am now. Why did I care that much about what other people thought in my taste of music? I definitely don’t anymore.
Kesha’s been through a lot leading up to her new album, what do you admire the most about her as an artist?
I love the evolution that Kesha has been through as an artist. It’s been amazing to watch her literally fight and sacrifice to release the kind of music and art that she wants in the world. Some would be satisfied being a famous pop star, and, for her, it’s not enough. She wants to show the world her potential and talent, even if it means she had to risk almost completely losing her career. Seeing the last few years of her struggle, and then watching her recent music videos for “Praying” and “Learn to Let Go,” still gets me choked up no matter how many times I watch them. I’m just so proud. It makes you feel good to stand behind someone who constantly says, “Let me show you what I can really do” for so long and then does THAT. What she has been through, and the new songs she will release to reflect those battles, is going to help a lot of people.
What’s your favorite Kesha moment?
Other than meeting her in 2013, my favorite Kesha moment is when she performed “It Ain’t Me Babe” at the 2016 Billboard Awards. As always, she had to fight to make that moment a reality, and when she sang that song, it was an opportunity to show the world she had more to offer vocally. She looked so healthy, her suit was an amazing statement piece that she could look great while also reclaiming her body. And because Bob Dylan is her idol, I can tell she already had passion for that song, other than the meaning behind those lyrics and what they meant to her. It was similar to when she covered Dylan’s other song, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.” You can hear the emotion in her voice there, too.
Have you ever lost faith in Kesha? What keeps you excited?
I have never lost faith in Kesha during this process. It has been a long journey for her to get through what she has been through, and there have been ugly moments. I remember when it was first announced she went to rehab for an eating disorder and all the fans were in denial for days. When that image was released of her sobbing in court last year, I had a brief, horrific moment where I was thinking, This is so wrong—I can imagine this will make her want to turn away from the music industry and I wouldn’t blame her. It would have been sad if she gave up on music at that point, but I want her to be happy, so I would have accepted it. Seeing that we are getting a new album and a new tour makes me so excited and grateful to have kept following along through this rough time period. The worst part is that Kesha is still struggling with this issue, but she’s getting there.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve done for Kesha?
I guess there are two wild things I’ve done for Kesha. One is that I got a tattoo of some of her song lyrics, and even though that was also a memorial tattoo to a friend who had passed away in a car crash a few weeks earlier, those lyrics also mean a lot to me on another level. I freaked out when Kesha saw the tattoo and reacted to it on Twitter a few years back. I also used to run a really popular Kesha fan podcast, but due to my schedule and responsibilities changing in the past few years, it’s fallen to the wayside. That was a very fun couple of years, though! Maybe if my fellow fans want it back, I can revive it in vlog form, or something, as a community project.