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INTERVIEW: KA-TYA

Hi KA-TYA, welcome to Vents. How have you been?

I’ve been great, thanks! Loving NYC summer at the moment.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Beautiful Faces”?

Sure! Last year I visited my good friend Harry Hall in South East Asia (where he is living at the moment) and we decided to try to write a really fun pop tune. Something lighthearted and playful, a song that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Naturally, it turned out to be a happy-go-lucky song about a breakup.

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

Harry and I have been writing songs together for a few years now, but we were never quite happy with what we came up with. We decided to spend a week together, writing as many verses and choruses as we could until we were both really excited about the outcome. Which is what happened with Beautiful Faces!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I have something in mind…

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process with Harry was great fun. Harry has a knack for coming up with effortlessly affecting phrases that catch you by surprise. We argued a lot and laughed a lot. I became addicted to coconuts.

The recording session with Joshua Teicher, Nicholas Lam and Nick Martyn was awesome. We spent a day in the studio trying different sounds and feels, listening to pop music from the 90’s and staying up until the early hours of the morning. We were having so much fun with it!!

What was it like to work with Joshua Teicher and how did that relationship develop?

Josh has been producing my stuff for a little while now. He produced my debut EP ‘Sky Above’. He has an ability to hear a song and know how to draw out its best moments. I call him the “gentle magician” because he is gentle of soul and works music magic.

This song was co-produced with Nicholas Lam, another ridiculously good musician and producer. Check out their stuff by the way. Josh Teicher has a project called Josh the Cat and Nicholas Lam’s project is dxHeaven.

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

I am writing an album at the moment. It’s a collection of songs about childhood. But it’s not kid’s music. The songs are about innocence and the sadness of becoming an adult.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

These things always take longer than you think. But the plan is to release the album late next year! Better get writing!

Any plans to hit the road?

At the moment, no. I want to focus on finishing writing the album and play a lot of gigs in NYC.

What else is happening next in KA-TYA’s world?

I am planning a trip to the Grand Canyon. I love hiking so I can’t wait! I’m also celebrating the release of “Beautiful Faces” with a show on August 23rd at the Bowery Electric in New York City.

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