INTERVIEW: Cate Von Csoke

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

Hi, thank you so much. I’ve been wonderful, thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Coyote Cry”?

Coyote Cry was written in the Mojave Desert and is the first song from my forthcoming debut album, Almoon.

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

It’s a song of loss and hope outside of love, of light in the darkness.

How did the Mojave Desert get to influence the song?

It’s a perfect backdrop for the song. The eerie-ness of the Joshua Trees with their decrepit bodies, arms outstretched towards the heavens. “The air dangerous” as Sylvia Plath writes.

Why did you choose to go to this place in particular?

For me, there’s no place like the desert for healing. Joshua Tree in California and Alice Springs in my motherland, Australia, are particularly strong and almost too powerful for me to grasp.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, the video is coming very soon and it’s as beautiful and strange as you can imagine. It was created by the incredibly talented duo behind Either And Studio- Nicole Steriovski and Jenna Saraco. We shot it at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree to honor the songs birth and you’ll see my desert crazed Ophelia.

The single comes off your new album Almoon – what’s the story behind the title?

Al as a prefix means “all”, almighty, always, and so on. The moon represents the light in the dark.  The duality connectedness and feeling of allness.  I also hope that being a made-up word, the listener will connect with it in their own way and it will therefore take on a personal meaning.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing was done out of necessity. I come from a musical family and moving to New York, not knowing a single soul, and needing that musical outlet I’d had my entire life back in oz. These conditions created the perfect storm of mystery, hope and introspection for writing Almoon. The recording process was a big dream come true. I was invited to record at Sonic Youths Studio, with the legendary Steve Shelley on drums, Jared Artaud of The

Vacant Lots producing, and grammy award winner Ted Young engineering. Big Dreams!

What was it like to work with Jared Artaud and how did that relationship develop?

It was incredible. I met Jared at a Slowdive show in New York and immediately connected. He then invited me to play at a night he curates in New York called Damage Control and after the show told me he would produce my album.

How much did he get to influence the album?

He’s a mastermind in the studio. It was quite something to witness, almost like a dance; the fluidity of his skill in creating and his knowledge. He’s worked with other musical geniuses like Anton Newcombe, Sonic Boom and Alan Vega and all of that experience shows. He formed the darkness and strength and the light and vulnerability of my songs into something magic.

What role does NYC play in your music?

New York is the greatest muse. Lou Reed sang it best (singing) “Then one fine morning, she puts on a New York station.  You know, she don’t believe what she heard at all. She started shaking to that fine, fine music. You know, her life was saved by rock and roll”

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

It’s hard to say where it comes from but it always feels like a gift.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we are driving down to Nashville on the 27th of this month and a show yet to be announced in New York in October. My drummer is also Australian so we are planning a show down under early in the new year.

What else is happening next in Cate Von Csoke’s world?

More big dreams.

Listen to “Coyote Cry


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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