Breaking the mould…
Following in the footsteps of one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of the late 20th century, Stevie Wonder, Kailand Morris could have easily taken the path already paved. Opting to steer away from the world of music, the sixteen-year-old Los Angeles native has set his sights on the world of modelling and having already walked for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana is well on his way to success. Taking time away during Paris fashion week, PAUSE got the chance to sit down with the “Superstition” singer’s son…
For those who don’t know much about you, briefly tell us who you are, where you’re from and how old you are.
I’m Kailand Morris, I am from Los Angeles, California, specifically Calabasas, and I’m 16 years old.
16?! Wow, no way, you don’t look 16!
Everybody says that. People say that I look older than I am.
Maybe it’s an American thing.
You guys look a tad bit older but you still look fresh.
Of course, always fresh, always.
What’s one of your favourite songs from your Dad?
My favourite song is probably Superstition, because back when I was a little younger I used to go on tour with my Dad, and when I told him that that was my favourite song, he was like why don’t you come out and play it with me, so I ended up playing the drums to Superstition because he always closed with that song. So that song has always been a favourite song since day 1.
What was it like going on tour with him?
Man, it is one crazy experience, having to perform for 3 hours, then leave that night and go on the bus or a plane to the next show, it’s very hectic and tiring, very very tiring.
What’s your aspirations and goals for the future?
I potentially want to accomplish a lot, a lot of things, since I’m young I really want to try a lot of new different things, whether it’s music, fashion, but I do really want to get into recording music, putting out a lot of new songs, albums, projects. I want to get into fashion design, that’s one thing I really want to do, and of course continue modelling, because that’s one thing I love to do too.
Because they go with everything that’s why.
It’s very versatile it goes with a lot.
What’s your favourite thing during fashion week that you’ve experienced?
One thing is definitely walking the Dolce & Gabbana show, that was a life-changing experience, it was my first show. How big their name is, it was so much fun, I’ve always been in the background of seeing how everything went down when it came to fashion week and watching all the shows in the backstage when it came to mum, and actually being a part of it getting dressed, having to do all the makeup, the practice runs, that was definitely a life-changing experience, and I will admit I was so nervous.
I was going to ask, were you scared?
Yes, I was so nervous, my legs man let me tell you I could barely stand, my legs were shaking, I just had to get it all together.
When you got on the runway was it tense? How did it feel?
I was really chill right before, but with the Dolce & Gabbana, their show their most recent one that I walked, they had me and six other people open the show and we came out from underneath the ground from like a spinning thing it’s hard to explain but it was so cool, but as I was standing there I was like oh my god it’s really about to happen and then that’s when I got nervous, but right when I started to take my first step to walk then it kind of all went away and everything sort of felt natural.
Describe Paris in one word?
Crazy too man, don’t take that the wrong way I love Paris and I love Milan.
If you could pick one which one was better?
Milan is a very beautiful place, it has a lot of beautiful sites you can go to and look at but I just feel like Paris is more my age, more of like my tempo, you got the youngens out here just chilling, fashion in Milan is great too but I love the fashion in Paris.