KSRA at the Hideout

As a child, Rachel Thomas was fascinated with breaking things because she likes to, in her own words, “test boundaries.”
Recording and performing under the name KSRA, the 29-year-old Logan Square resident does the same with her genre-defying music, which incorporates elements of pop, electronica and hip-hop (rapper Talib Kweli even turns up to drop a few bars on the song “Bad Habit”).
Where are you now?
I’ve been wandering around Santa Monica and Venice Beach for the past five hours.
How is your love?
Say that again? I heard, “How is my love?”
I wanted to see how many lines from your “Radio Waves” I could get through before you caught on.
[Laughs] Oh my goodness! I should have caught on! I do that to people. I’ll go, [speaking in a conversational tone], “Tell me what you think about me. I buy my own diamonds and I buy my own rings. I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get. Ladies, it’s not easy being independent, you know?” Most of the time people don’t get it. Dude, that’s pretty funny. I did not realize that’s what you were doing.
That song opens with a series of questions. Are you generally an inquisitive person?
To a fault, yeah. I’d ask questions and also just do physical investigation. My favorite thing was to see how far I could twist something until it broke. I really liked to test boundaries and see why something was fragile or what it meant to be fragile.
What’s the most expensive thing you broke?
My most vivid memory of something I broke was this colored-sugar Easter egg sculpture of bunnies, and I was like, “Wow, I have to break this apart piece by piece.” I did that with car windows, too. I would peel back the rubber to see what was underneath.