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INTERVIEW: Actress and Musician, Katie Vincent

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

Thank you for having me! I’m terrific. Lot’s of cool stuff going on.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Way It Goes”?

Ha, of course. ‘The Way It Goes’ is basically the ‘Pickings’ theme song… For context— ‘Pickings’ is a feature film that just came out, which I am very a much a part of. I act, and co-produced it, however I also was music supervisor and came up with four original songs for the soundtrack…INCLUDING!! This one.

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

The movie obviously served as most of the inspiration. But as a whole, to create the sound for the film, I really looked into old school country. The good stuff: Cash, Nelson, Cline, of course. But also what I grew up with: Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi. Country, blues, storytelling. The event is the film, but the way in which the story is told, is very much me and my experiences.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES!! We just shot it and I’m super psyched. Usher Morgan (the director, writer and producer of Pickings) and I collaborated from the ground up on it. It’s very me and the mood that I wanted to create with the music. And if we did our job right, it’ll pay perfect homage to the film. It’s fun.

How was the recording and writing process?

So cool to write from such a unique perspective. The character I play in the film also fancies herself a songwriter, so I initially started this soundtrack endeavor from the headspace of a person in these crazy spaghetti western circumstances. And I think when writing ‘The Way It Goes’, I couldn’t shake that sentiment. If anything I leaned further into it. We recorded at the all too beautiful Pulse Studios in NYC and I brought in my one of my best friends from growing up to play bass on the track. It was new yet familiar, dynamic yet traditional and all around wonderful.

Does acting influences your music and the other way around?

Kinda like I’ve suggested up to this point, they really feed off of each other. For me acting and music are both two sides of perhaps the same coin… I keep my characters close and my music closer (and vice versa). Fluidity between life and your art are key… but that’s just me.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else or scoring a film rather than when you are writing in your own?

I do a lot of my artistic stuff in private. That’s always been me. Some people do best shooting ideas, rapid fire, back and forth. I like to percolate on my own, come up with a very solid sense of self, present it to the powers that be, and maybe adjust. With my own songwriting, reckoning is an audience… with this soundtrack stuff, it’s the edit of the film and the rest of the creative team… Both take inspiration more or less from the same place and the process is similar enough. The only difference might be instead of what I want to write about, I have to consider what the characters might want to do.

What role does NYC play in your writing?

Instant human condition. It’s complete immersion in how we work collectively, and how an individual reacts to that… and themselves. I say this is all is the best/worst way possible, haha.

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

The ‘Pickings’ Original Soundtrack is going to be available just about everywhere digitally on March 23rd. We’re talking iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all the in-betweens. Like I said, I got four songs on there.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Refer to above. We also got hardcopy CD’s and Vinyl coming out down the line.

Any plans to hit the road?

Ha! If the road will have me!… In earnest, no. But the music is coming out, and the movie is on it’s way to VOD options. So hopefully the music will find the road before I do.

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

Working on music. Looking to book some shows in New York. Finishing what we started with ‘Pickings’. Pre-Production for a new feature and auditioning for anything else that seems neat. Aside from that? I’ve got a perfect avocado on my kitchen counter that is calling out my name.

You can listen to “The Way It Goes” HERE!

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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