Sin City Presents Magazine August 2016 Volume 3 Issue 8 - Page 72




Kayli Barker is a race car driver for Kayli Barker Racing. Most people that meet Kayli often tell her that she’s the next Danica Patrick, her reply is No! I’m the first Kayli Barker! At the age of 18 she already has ten years of racing under belt. At the age of twelve she had already won three Bandolero Championships.

On Aug. 18, 2012, she became the youngest female to win a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race.

Meet Kayli Barker

Youngest woman

to win a NASCAR

Whelen All-American Series

feature race

kayli barker



I hear that. We all need all the deals we can get, and it seems like there are more and more people looking for the "if it’s free, it’s for me" deals. I see and hear it every day in this industry; nobody can afford to work for exposure. That’s funny you mentioned the vegan wearing leather boots… that’s the second time I’ve heard that reference this week…

You’ve had an amazing career in music so far, what accomplishments are you most proud of?

First and foremost that I've been able to stay in music for so long and make a living at it, you never know how long anything will last. But I've definitely outlasted it longer than anyone could have expected. I’m proud of the time I spent with L.A. Guns; regardless of how it ended.

There's a lot of accomplishments I'm proud of. But one that comes to mind is, being a lover of travel, ine of the coolest things that happened to me while in L.A. Guns is we once did a world tour where we literally went around the world non-stop. Going west, starting in South Korea, then Scandinavia I believe, followed by Europe, and ending on a couple east coast dates here in America I believe, before finally returning home. I think it took about a month. But if you gave me a globe I could draw a line of our route going west and it would end right back where it began. That's pretty cool I think. Something very few people in the world will ever experience.

You’ve been in this business for a long time; tell me, what kind of music impresses you?

Kanye West impresses me. I think he's the most important musical figure of the 21st century, so far at least. I mean, whether you like him, despise him, think he's a genius or think he's the biggest douche bag on earth right now, who else is bigger? Who's got their finger on the pulse of current culture and where it's going more than him? That's what impresses me. The Beatles' of the world. Bands and artists that transcend just music, they dictate culture. Just as John Lennon said “the Beatles are bigger than Jesus Christ” (and he was right at the time), Kanye is bigger than the Beatles right now, and for that matter anyone else in music. That shit impresses me! He also impresses me because I'm not familiar with writing and producing his style of music. He’s also a genius producer by the way. I'm a rock guy, there's no escaping that. So I've heard electric guitars with bass guitar and pounding drums with screaming vocals and maybe a synth background, etc. my whole life. That combination doesn't really impress me anymore. I'm not saying I don't like it or that it's bad. It just doesn't impress me as much as it used to because I'm so familiar with it now. It's been mastered. You see five year olds on drums playing Led Zeppelin and Rush perfectly.

EDM also impresses me. A lot of people are offended by it, or are condescending towards it. Mostly I think they just don't understand it. And that's the way it should be for the most part. I just look at it as a new sound for a new generation. Just as heavy metal was a new sound for a new generation in the 80s, and folk/psychedelic sounds were new sounds for the 60s, and so on and so on.

Sounds like you have a pretty open mind to diverse sounds, I’m sure that leads to many opportunities to diversify your options for gigs too. I see it way too often, a guy or gal for that matter that is stuck in the “I’m a metal player” or "I only sing country music” mindset.

Photo Credit: Lisa Garrett