Introducing: Erin Kaith

Many may know Erin Kaith from her TikTok channel where she chats with her followers about topics like love and relationships. Others may know her from her music, most specifically her viral hit track, “Down Bad.” Whichever way you do know her, one thing about Kaith is that she will always be honest and keep it real. 

The Filipino-American R&B singer-songwriter, who grew up in Queens, New York, hit TikTok fame when her song was used in over 300,000 videos. However, the 21-year-old had started her musical journey long before that. Since she was 13, Kaith has used music and songwriting as an outlet for her emotions and struggles. Now, with a blossoming career and a large following who look to her for advice, Kaith is ready to bring a new voice to the R&B community. 

We chat with her about TikTok, going viral, her Down Bad (Volume 1) EP, and more.

Growing up in New York, can you tell me the kind of influence R&B music had on you and in what ways it inspires you to create your own music now?

Growing up in New York definitely had an influence on me because there’s so much culture out here. Every block there’s always a whole different culture but we all end up sharing them as a community. The energy in New York is unmatched and I think you can definitely hear it in my music. It inspires me to create my own music because there are not a lot of full Filipino artists doing R&B coming from New York and I would love to stand out. 

Who are your major influences when it comes to creating music?

My major influences when it comes to making music are definitely Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, and Mariah the Scientist. I feel like they speak to the soul and they’re so relatable. Their vibes are so real and so raw and emotional that they connect with so many around the world and I want to do just that. I’ve grown up listening to them, especially being such an emotional person and a lover girl. When it comes to music, work ethic, and drive? Saweetie is my number one girl. She truly inspires me to branch out and continue to work, work, work. 

You’ve grown a considerable following on TikTok. What initially drew you to the app and did you know what kind of content you wanted to put on there?

TikTok was just a regular app to me where everyone was making funny content. I enjoyed it and started it around quarantine and I spent most of my time on it. I knew what content to put out because the FYP was so relatable. I decided to put out videos that other people could relate to and repost because a lot of us are really going through the same things. 

When you talk to your followers about love and relationships, how honest are you? Is it important for you to be vulnerable with them via TikTok more than your music, or does it go hand in hand?

When I talk to my followers I’m an open book. I really speak my mind and what they need to hear versus what they would like to hear. All relationships are different but there are similar red flags that people need to get away from. It definitely goes hand in hand with my music because all my music has to do with my real-life experiences.

How did it feel seeing the way your song, “Down Bad,” went viral?

“Down Bad” went viral in so many ways, good and bad. I always thought it was so crazy though because it’s like one day you wake up and all these people all around the world know a song or a sound that you personally created and so many others are going through it. 

What was it like working on the EP you released in September, Down Bad (Volume 1)? Did you have an idea of how you wanted it to be given the success of “Down Bad?”

Working on that EP was something I needed to do. Not only for my listeners but for me as well. I had just gotten cheated on and needed a way to release my hurt. I knew that others had been in my position and venting about it and putting it into a song was gonna be beneficial to me and everyone who has been going through it. I knew exactly what I wanted the EP to be. I created it to be a storyline of a love I thought was so beautiful, but it turned out to be a lie on the other party.  

What have you got in store for your fans next year?

Next year, I will absolutely be in a healing process so my fans can definitely expect more music, but I feel that I will branch out more and be able to talk about new experiences rather than just dealing with one specific individual. It’s all about growth and life experiences and all the happiness and hurt that comes with it.