Hi Kate, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been?
Great, thank you! Lovely to be back.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Feel Bad”?
‘I Feel Bad’ is my latest release. After my album ‘If I Fall’ was released in 2016, I took the last 2-and-a-half years to explore my creativity. I was writing and writing and filtering songs with my team and after a lot of back-and-fourth, I decided I wanted ‘I Feel Bad’ to be my lead single after such a long absence. I feel that it’s the perfect blend of my old and new material.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Nothing in particular but it was a general feeling of wanting to get rid of some things from inside me. It’s a song I hope a lot of people can relate to! It has feelings of anger, sorrow; pity and forgiveness all in one.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
My videographer Peter Pahor filmed, directed and edited the video. We hired a photography studio and we put a black backdrop across the wall and then I basically had to act my heart out. It was a very simple lighting set-up with Peter filming with one camera throughout and directing me. I wanted two different versions of Kate, the calmer and more collected Kate and the more messed up Kate. The whole experience was very fun but also quite challenging! I had a great MUA doing my make-up and my producer Chris was also there helping out.
We filmed the whole video within a few hours, so I had to be very quick when changing clothes and angles etc. Towards the end of the shoot, with about 1 hour left, we had to film the ‘messed-up’ Kates — so we decided to throw water all over me and smudge my make-up. Well, I wanted to throw a little bit of water… they actually soaked me. Haha.
Then we started playing ‘Firestarter’ by The Prodigy and Peter started screaming at me, so that I’d scream back. That’s how a lot of the emotions were captured. We were screaming at each other and I let out a lot of shit from inside me and I think it came out in the video! The filming process was ‘simple’ but the editing was definitely complicated as there were so many approaches Peter could take. In the end, I think we found the right balance between the song and video – with a lot of experimental scenes and a few softer more aesthetic ones.
How was the recording and writing process?
‘I Feel Bad’ was written about a year ago. One day, I sat down on the piano in my flat in London and the chorus just blasted out of me: same exact melody, lyrics and chords as it is now. I didn’t have a verse written, I was struggling to come up with something. Out of a lot of demos I sent my producer, this track stood out to him, so we decided to dig into it. As we were jamming, I came up with a verse, only to realise this verse is from another unreleased song of mine that has been sat there for the last few years. So we gelled the two songs together! Then my producer and I worked on the arrangement and music and Chris then proceeded to write all the parts for the guitars, bass, drums and synths. The next step was to record the musicians, which are both from the UK and Cyprus. I had some incredible musicians play on the track – drums and guitars were recorded at Soundscape Studios in Cyprus and bass and additional guitars were recorded at Dairy Studios in London. In the meantime I was working on the lyrics with my lyric co-writer Andreas Economides. We worked remotely, so I would send him my ideas and he would edit and add additional lyrics wherever necessary. Then I recorded final vocals at Soundscape Studios in Cyprus, where the track was also produced and mixed by my producer Chris Cara.
How your transition from Australia to London has influence your music? Has your perspective changed in any way?
I think my transition from Australia to Cyprus (where I grew up) has influenced me in one way or another. I am Aussie and Cypriot and I spent most of my life in Cyprus until I was 17. Then I moved to the UK, which was a whole new experience for me. So all 3 countries have influenced me in different ways. I think that I have a very different mentality after living in London for the last few years. I feel that my eyes have opened up to a lot of things around me. So yes, my perspective on things has evolved and it keeps evolving the more I experience.
As someone who finds inspiration on travelling – does still is the case or have you found inspiration in other places?
I still find inspiration when I travel. Wherever I look, there are things that inspire me. Maybe they will inspire me to write a sad ballad, or maybe they will inspire me to write an angsty, punchy track. Recently I find that I draw inspiration from people around me as well as myself. Certain people and certain situations inspire me.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, definitely! I have a lot of new songs that are at demo stages, about 7 of them are at early pre-production stages. Currently, I have another 2 that are being produced and will be mixed very soon. Expect new material soon.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Nothing is set in stone yet, but I am hoping to release a new single some time in the fall. Currently working on it, so can’t say much (yet).
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I am looking to play a lot of shows over the next few months. I don’t have a headline tour planned yet, but I have some really good support slots coming up with Hands off Gretel and another band I can’t announce yet! Best place to stay in touch with my tour dates is my website www.findingkatemusic.com or any of my social media – as I post regular updates there.
What else is happening next in Finding Kate’s world?
Working, working and more working! I don’t stop, haha. I am currently promoting ‘I Feel Bad’ and preparing for my upcoming shows. I am also planning my next video clip with my videographer and will hopefully have some more tour dates announced soon.