INTERVIEW: Finding Kate

Hi Kate, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey guys, I’m great, been very busy , how are you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forever”?
My first single will be released November 4th and I am so excited for it! It’s been in the making for a while now and I feel ready to release it into the world.  This track is a mix between Flyleaf, You Me At Six and Avril Lavigne, some of my biggest influences, and I feel so ready for the album to come out.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
This song was written by Rushil mostly.  Rushil and I co-write lyrics on a few tracks and Chris, my producer, wrote the music and arranged the whole thing.  I think it was an abundance of events that had been going on in all 3 of our lives’ at the same time, we could all relate to this longing, heartbreak and pain.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes!  The video will be released on 4th November alongside the single and will be available on Youtube through Vevo.

The single comes off your new album If I Fall – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s about a personal experience.  This album is about saving someone, saving myself, falling and trying to get back up again.

How was the recording and writing process?
This album has been in the creative process for about 2 years now.  Chris started writing music and arranging new tracks right after my first EP “Inside Out” was released.  Then he started putting vocal melodies down , we would spend hours in the studio trying out different melodies and ideas, and then I started working on the lyrics alone. We felt some songs needed a different touch lyrically, so we decided to co-write with Rushil on some of the tracks.  The ideas just started flowing, he wrote some verses, I wrote some choruses, it was just a great writing trio.  We all felt very connected.

The whole album was recorded and mixed at Soundscape Studios in Cyprus where I stayed for 2 weeks to connect with myself, the songs and the studio, which was located in the wilderness somewhere outside the town of Limassol.  We had many different guitarists coming in adding their own personal sound to the album, and then the rhythm section was recorded simultaneously because we wanted a live, organic feel yet modern sound for the album.  Vocals were recorded twice actually, the first time I wasn’t in the right frame of mind and my vocals were not up to par.  A year later, my vocals were much stronger and I felt more ready to record, both technically and spiritually.

Does your acting background influence your music in any way?
I think it definitely influences the way I sing my lyrics and express myself on stage.  It also helped me overcome stage fright; I feel much more confident and less scared to get on stage and smash it due to the many musicals and shows I’ve taken part in. In acting you portray multiple personalities , you embody a different character whereas with music, you just have to be yourself.  I really believe acting helped me look deep within to find my true self.

What role does Australia play in your music?
Australia will always be a part of me.  I was born in Sydney but haven’t been back in 15 years and I finally will be visiting mid-August.  I guess the feeling of longing and being so far from a place I didn’t get to know definitely struck me emotionally and left some sort of mark on me.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I found inspiration through travelling , different scenery, locations, different people, different journeys, and all these people who are passing through my life every day… The most personal songs to me are “Drowning” and “Alone” where I really took my own personal anger, fear and sadness and turned them into a song.

Any plans to hit the road?
Yes!  We are actually heading on our first UK tour in November.  We are starting in London on Halloween, and then going to cities such as Sheffield, Scunthorpe and Surrey to promote the new album.  We are super excited for this 🙂

What else is happening next in Finding Kate’s world?
I am pretty busy with work at the moment but I will be going to Australia for a month to visit my family. My band and I are also getting ready for our UK tour even though all of us are leading completely different lives. Nanneq and Henning work as software developers in London, Chris and Byron both live in Cyprus so they just fly over for big shows such as our tour. Chris produced the whole album and runs Soundscape Studios and Byron is a freelance musician and tutor in Cyprus.  I work as a waitress in Waterloo!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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