Kaia Wilson performing with Team Dresch in Seattle on September 20, 2009
|Birth name||Kaia Lynn Wilson|
|Genres||Punk rock, folk rock|
Kaia Lynne Wilson is a musician from Portland, Oregon, best known as a founding member of both Team Dresch, a revered 1990s queercore punk band, and The Butchies, a pop-rock spin-off from her solo work. In addition to singing, songwriting and guitar, Wilson co-established and operated Mr. Lady Records from 1996-2004.
As a teenager, Wilson was a member of the band Adickdid, which was distributed by several labels including Yoyo Records and Kill Rock Stars. From there, she went on to Team Dresch, in which she shared singing and songwriting duties with Jody Bleyle. Shortly after Team Dresch released their second album, Captain My Captain, in 1996, Wilson left the group and released a solo acoustic album entitled Kaia. Her second solo album Ladyman featured Team Dresch drummer Melissa York, who would later join Wilson in The Butchies.
In 1998, several songs from Kaia were rerecorded and appeared on the debut album by her newest band, The Butchies. The Butchies boasted a more pop-oriented rock sound, occasionally delving into acoustic music and even electronic dance tracks. The group recorded four albums before their break-up early 2005, when they announced an indefinite "hiatus" on their website and thanked their fans. The Butchies reunited for a single show that November when all three group members happened to be back in Durham, North Carolina at the same time.
Wilson contributed an essay, To All You Genius Future Songwriters, to the 2008 book Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls, which provided advice to aspiring female rock musicians.
In 1996, she founded Mr. Lady Records along with then-girlfriend Tammy Rae Carland. The label housed a variety of Pacific-Northwestern bands, including Le Tigre, Sarah Dougher, The Haggard, and Electrelane. The record label was officially dissolved in 2004.
Solo (as Kaia)
- Kopi 7" EP (1993, Little Brother Records)
- Finally A Dyke Album For The Whole Family (sometimes referenced as self-titled) LP (1996, Chainsaw Records)
- Ladyman LP (1998, Mr. Lady Records)
- The World's Greatest Haircut split 7" single with Sarah Dougher (1999, Heartcore Records / Mr. Lady Records)
- Oregon LP (2002, Mr. Lady Records)
- Godmakesmonkeys LP (2008, Jealous Butcher Records)
- Two Adult Women In Love LP (2012, Jealous Butcher Records)
- Kaia Wilson on Myspace (official)
- Mr. Lady website on the Web Archive (site has been defunct since January 2005 and is now owned by someone else)