Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forgive Me In The Morning”?
Writing the song “Forgive Me in the Morning” was both devastating and hopeful. I wanted to capture that feeling of loneliness and heartbreak when you’ve had conflict with someone you love, but you know it’s not over because you’ll always stick by each other. I think it’s a very specific moment, but we’ve all had it. It’s that moment after you’ve had a conflict with a significant other that feels so devastating but he’s asleep and you’re still awake- alone but not really.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There wasn’t really one specific event or fight that inspired me to write this song, but it was written during the first year of marriage where my husband and I were dealing with more than our fair share of stress. We had spent the first two and a half months apart, then moved across the country, and we didn’t have a permanent place to stay. One day I just sat down and this song came out.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! The video is in the editing process right now, and it’s really beautiful. And I’m not in it! I had this idea for a video that I wasn’t sure would work, it was more of a creative experiment. It has turned out to be even better than I imagined, and I’m super excited for people to watch it.
How was the recording and writing process?
We currently record everything at home in a spare bedroom, but when we wrote this song we were living in a studio apartment (2 people, 2 dogs, countless instruments) so we didn’t even have that. The song has evolved since its beginning stages. I originally wrote the song on piano and vocals, but I knew I wanted a fuller sound, so I recorded the demo with voice and a Hammond B3 Organ patch. I then sent the demo to Andrew and basically only gave him 2 instructions: 1) the vocals must be processed through a vocoder and 2) the song has to remain as simple as possible, production-wise. I was worried the song would become over-processed and over sung, so we kept my first take demo vocals, I didn’t add a bridge, and I kept the form as simple possible- It’s more of a folk song form (AABABB) than a pop song.
What was it like to work with Andrew McMillan and how has being married made it harder or easier to work together?
I’m really lucky to be able to work with Andrew, who is not only incredibly talented and skilled, but endlessly patient with me and my potential to be pretty anxious and tightly wound. It’s amazing working with someone who can both put your own musical and production ideas into a reality, and add so much to a song that you didn’t even think was possible. I’m not sure if he loves working with me, but I LOVE working with him!
Being married to your bandmate or producer or co-writer definitely isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, I’m not the easiest person to work with because I’m very particular and hard on myself when I’m tracking vocals, for example. It also can be a challenge when you don’t have the time and budget constraints of paying for studio time, because you don’t have to force yourself to finish the song… it sounds like this would be less stressful but it can lead to songs taking forever to complete. I think all of these factors influence a working relationship, and I’m really lucky that Andrew has worked on this song (and others) with me and has believed in this music!
How much did he get to influence the song?
Andrew’s production definitely changed the entire course of the song’s evolution. When I first gave him the demo, I was adamant that it had to be vocoder and organ and no other instruments. I’m excited that remained at the heart of the song, but I’m also glad he didn’t listen to me, because the song is on a completely different level with the beat he added and the vocal samples. I’m totally blown away by the work he did.
What have you learned from your time on The Voice that you are now putting into action on your career as a whole?
Wow, being on The Voice was such an interesting and eye-opening experience. I learned so much, it’s hard to pick just one thing. I think the most important thing being on a show like that can show you is how to remain professional and poised while navigating the insane world of humans on social media. I also learned a lot more about how to keep going through failures and disappointment, since it happened on such a larger scale in front of a national stage. And, on a smaller scale, I was able to meet so many people who are so supportive and listen to my music, and for that I am so grateful.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Oh yes, there is a lot more new music coming soon. The next release is nearly ready, and we’ve got an entire EP on the way. I’m so excited!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We’re looking at the middle of the year for a full EP release, and I’m so, so excited! The EP is named after the single I released in December, “Promised Land”. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen for a quick summary of what the whole EP will be about!
Any plans to hit the road?
So far, no touring plans are in place. We’ve been really focused on getting this music into the world. Once it’s all out there, we’ll be looking at a West coast tour first.
What else is happening next in Katrina Cain’s world?
After this single, I’m looking forward to more music videos, an EP, and an awesome release show here in LA! Keep an eye on my Instagram for announcements, because this show is going to be crazy!