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INTERVIEW: Katie Morgan

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

I’m doing pretty swell, can’t complain.

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

Ever since I wrote “Leave” it felt like a huge weight got lifted off my shoulders. Even though it was negative, it was still a huge part of my life that I never really talked about. The whole song is quite depressing, not gonna lie. But I wrote it to be that way. It isn’t a story of “I had a bad time, but I rose up suddenly and defeated the evil.” It’s about how I had reached the lowest point in my life, and it felt like I was going no where. Which is exactly what I wanted to write about. It’s ok to be sad, and it’s ok to feel down, but this was a time where it had consumed me to the point that I couldn’t feel anymore. So, I wrote about how at that time, I just wanted to “Leave”.

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

It was more like a chain of events, little things added up to one big thing. I was bullied quite a lot in elementary school and high school, I wasn’t exactly the popular kid, and I wasn’t even able to classify as normal enough to be left alone. There were times that I was able to ignore it, but it was constant and that gets to people over time. And eventually it started to get to me, and then it got to the point where it was normal to be treated that way, so I just started expecting it. So all those little things just kept building up over time till it felt like I had literally hit bedrock and couldn’t go any lower.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I didn’t want to lip-sync it, so I actually sang along to my track. For me if no sound is coming out then no emotion is coming out. And I wanted it to be raw emotion. And since COVID had started getting bad in Canada we weren’t actually able to see anyone who could record it so we had to get creative with the setting and how we did it. So my poor mom, who already has trouble listening to the song without crying, had to deal with me asking her to record me singing it over and over again till I was satisfied with a take.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process was actually fun, which is weird to say cause it’s such a depressing song. But when you manage to perfectly capture what you’re trying to say when it comes to lyrics and sound it feels pretty dope. And after a fun day at the studio when you’ve managed to use all your creative energy when it comes to writing and then singing, you have some of the best naps of your life. It was a great process and I very much enjoyed the whole ride.

What role does Saskatchewan play in your music?

A lot of experience comes from Saskatchewan. And where I live, there’s only so many things you can do. And I’m not very big on partying or hanging out in big groups, I like to stay home and paint and write. Allowing myself to be home by myself allowed me to experiment with what kind of sound I wanted, it really allowed me to try and find my style. I also like to write stories, and Saskatchewan has given me a lot of stories because I’ve lived here my entire life.

What was it like to work with Jesse weiman and how did that relationship develop?

I liked working with Jesse. We really got along. We met when I won the Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star competition, and we started talking to try to get to know each other better. It was fun working with him cause it felt like we knew each other already, and the more we worked together the easier it was to communicate.

How much did he get to influence the song?

We talked a lot to get to know each other, and I feel like we had the same high school experience. I can’t speak for him, but I think we were both the weird outcasts. So we both wanted to convey the same message. He came up with the piano riff for it. I remember I said what kind of song I wanted, and he just started playing something and I freaked out like “That’s it! That’s it!”

Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

When I’m writing a song alone, I sit on my bed, I set a timer for five minutes and I write whatever I can. I work under pressure very well. I have to give myself a deadline or I know I won’t do it. But when I’m collaborating there’s another person there saying, “let’s do this”, so not only do I keep working, but it also allows me more time to look at the song and polish it.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yep, there is new material coming along hopefully soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m hoping by summer/fall, but nothing in stone yet. And I’m excited for my next one coming out.

Any plans to hit the road?

Because of COVID I don’t have any plans to hit the road or do any live shows yet but if i have the opportunity this year, for sure.

What else is happening next in Katie Morgan’ world?

Since there’s no live gigs I’ve really enjoyed writing and getting creative. I’ve been meeting new artists and new songwriters by social media, so I’ve been using this time for songwriting.

Stream “Leave” here: https://soundcloud.com/user-82522077/leave-katie-morgan

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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