The way you talk about that experience in interviews it almost sounds like an endurance test as much as anything else.
It absolutely was. I think the hardest part was the amount of stress surrounding you. Everyone there was so anxious and upset. There were literally people crying and passing out and vomiting and having nervous breakdowns. It was strange to see because I've done music my whole life, and it's always been my calming place. It brings me peace from the outside world.
Kelsey, 8 p.m. Fri. Feb. 15 at Elbo Room. $10
Kelsey personality test
What's the last album you bought? Lana Del Rey: "Born to Die"
Song you've listened to on repeat recently? Lana Del Rey: "Burning Desire"
Song you never want to hear again? "Gangnam Style." "I hate that song!"
Best concert you've seen in the last year? "Who have I seen recently? I can't think anything off the top of my head."
New band you don't know personally that deserves to be big? "There's this band Ivan & Alyosha I think is really amazing, and all their YouTube videos only have like 5,000 plays."
Favorite movie ever? "Death Proof"
Chicago's best music venue? "I would have to say Empty Bottle. I've never played there, but they always have a lot of cool, underground bands. And they have cheap drinks."