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INTERVIEW: Katie Coleman

Hi Katie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been amazing Thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single Illusion?

So Illusion is the first track from a total new body of work that I’ve been creating for the past year or so really trying to find a sound that represents me now at this point in my life. Ive been working with some really talented people on this, Including Toby Scott & Mark Thompson.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Illusion is all about someone putting on a show pretending to be something they’re not – a side which is fake, you know playing you. Not one particular event, but different things I’ve gone through with certain friendships and relationships have inspired the song I  think its relatable because everyone has been in one situation like this at some point.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I would love to, its definitely something that I think about during the writing side and when a track is all coming together, I get different ideas of how the video should be different visuals which are inspired by the music. So yes! Soon.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote this with Mark Thompson & Jonathan Whiskered and working together just flowed completely. We finished quickly and it was lovely working with talented people like that who get you. It was one of the first songs we wrote together.

I loved recording vocals on this track. It was so laid back. Toby let me be natural and not too strict with my delivery so that I could put the emotion into it. One of my favourite things is harmonies I love recording all my own BV’s and vocal layers. And thats what i loved about recording this track.

What was it like to work with Toby Scott and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Toby Scott was great! Really chill, He’s a lovely down to earth guy. Oh and his studio was on the top floor of a castle… what beats that!

He was so open to all my ideas which is great because I got to have a lot of creative control and just allowed me to get stuck in with all my ideas and thoughts.

How does acting and fashion influence your music?

A hell of a lot! I used to go to a performing arts school when I was younger for quite a while and I loved it. I cant help but express myself and just totally let go. I can also get quite emotional like with facial expressions but now, I think thats a good thing because then your fans and the audience can you see you being real and honest. On stage you are putting on a performance, you’re basically storytelling thats what I like to do.

When I played at London Fashion Week’s after party at Soho House, it was great to see all the different looks and everyone’s individual style. Thats how it is for me, very personal because fashion reflects you and your personality, how you feel. It goes hand in and with music.

Do you take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are working on your own?

It totally depends on who you’re working with and how they like to work – you definitely have to be open with how they feel comfortable writing and vice versa. I love working with different people because its different every time which is a great challenge. For me I prefer to start really stripped back just sat with guitar or piano and go from there.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

I am working towards an album. I kind of feel like since I started writing music I’ve always been working on it.  Right now I feel closest to it and I’m happy with what I’m creating so its only a matter of time.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No current date yet. But a title I’m keeping that secret for now!

Any plans to hit the road?

Thats always part of the plan, however all I’ve been thinking about is really taking my time working on the music – music that I want to put out there right now & really represents me now, then get back on the gigs. I’d like to say next year.

What else is happening next in Katie Coleman’s world?

I’ll be performing at The Gang Show for Teenage Cancer Trust at Groucho Club on the 22nd October which will be sick as Professor green is also performing. I’m just enjoying life, I’m loving living here in London, always new experiences, constantly learning in this industry & just having fun!

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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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