Kat Downs debut music video “One of Many”is the latest project produced by the Bay Area artist, and is an exhilarating message that encourages voters to take action and hit the polls this midterm election. Watch here
Best known for her intense piano performances in the hard piano rock duo, Sit Kitty Sit, Downs has now branched into a different genre- mixing hard-hitting electronica with piano and vocals that create an energizing political anthem.
The song was born very shortly after the 2016 presidential election. “It was one of those songs that came very quickly. I think the whole thing came out in about 15 minutes.” said Downs. As the most openly political piece written so far, Downs wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it at first. However, after the release of Tectonicin May 2018, Downs discovered her writing taking a turn and realized the time was right to launch her solo project. In the current political climate of the United States, Downs decided that “One of Many” was the perfect debut.
Despite her liberal outlook, she was raised in a very conservative background and learned at a young age to keep her political views to herself. “I’m curious about other people’s points of view. I WANT to hear ideas that contradict my own. What I don’t like is that so many people get instantly angry and at times, it’s almost impossible to have a constructive conversation with anyone where you can entertain opposing ideas without attempting to change anyone’s mind. I’m ready to stand up and have a voice and I am encouraging others to do the same.”
The video, edited by Ryan Klassa, captures the excitement and determination in this current political landscape. It explores many facets of what like-minded individuals can accomplish when the motivation is strong enough to lead to real action. From demonstrations to marches, the vignettes – presented at times on their own, and also projected onto Kat Downs, gives the viewer a sense that at times they may feel like a small, singular voice in a sea of ambivalence, when in reality, we are made up of all the people and issues we care deeply about.
“People on each side of these important topics may feel that the other side is wrong or misguided in some way, but it’s in the dialogue between sides that we find truth, and our humanity flourishes. This video was not created as an attempt to make anyone switch from one narrow political side to another, but rather as a call to action – the only way real change can occur is by going out and voting for those who will represent the best interests in all of us. We believe it is also about something even more important and more unifying, which is kindness.”