Artist: Olive Klug (they/them)
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Song: “Out of Line”
Release Date: November 18, 2022
In Their Words: “‘Out of Line’ is a song about unlearning the rules you’ve been taught and deciding to write your own. Throughout childhood, we’re told the right way to do things, the right way to ‘stay in line’ and follow the rules, and that if we do this we’ll be rewarded. This extends through high school, and then college, and then into your adult life: get good grades, get into a good college, and then get a good job, get married and you’ll live the American Dream.
“Once I finished college right before 2020 and it was finally up to me to write the story of my own life, I realized this whole narrative was bs and it all came crashing down. I came into adulthood in a world where the president was a racist, homophobic misogynist, and a global pandemic completely changed the way of life we had all grown accustomed to. Once things started to change toward the end of 2021 when I wrote this song, I didn’t want to go back to normal.
“My worldview had completely shifted and I wanted to get out of this narrative I’d previously subscribed to. I was done waiting, I wanted to get ‘Out of Line.'” — Olive Klug
Photo Credit: Rae Eubanks