Hi Joy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I have been great! Making it through midterms at NYU this week.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Puppet”?
“Puppet” is a song I wrote when I was breaking out of a toxic relationship. The writing session was very emotional because it’s hard letting go of something you thought was love. I wanted to write a song to myself and my listeners who might be going through a similar situation to give us the strength to move on and feel empowered.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, I was in a relationship for a while that inspired this song. I’m thankful for the relationship now because it taught me a lot about what love should and shouldn’t be like.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes, there is a music video that I am incredibly proud of as it has been in the works for over a year now. The video is a great visual to accompany the song expressing what I was feeling during the time the song was written. The video will be released on October 30th!
How was the recording and writing process?
I went into this recording session requesting to do a ballad and it was funny because all of us (Mike, Johnny, and myself) were in this same head space on this write. The recording process didn’t take long. I spent a long time talking about a particularly heartbreaking past relationship and this song and writing process was almost a therapy session for me as I was breaking free from a lot and particularly this toxic situation going on in my life. This song really just flowed immediately, and the emotions were all there. We had two sessions to write and record the whole thing.
What was it like to work with Johnny Black and how did that relationship develop?
I met Johnny through mutual friends in Nashville, and our writing styles and energy clicked right away. Mike Piazza also worked on this track, and the chemistry with all of us is always so positive. Johnny Black is a great mentor, and I really have a great respect for him. This team is one of the few teams that I have worked with that treats me pretty much as an equal with the writing process. They really consider references I might send, ideas, lyrics, and my emotions. We enjoy each other, and it is especially nice that our chemistry is so great working together.
How much did he get to influence the song?
When writing “Puppet,” I told Johnny about this relationship that was on my mind, and we were all feeling the energy of a piano ballad (my favorite). Johnny immediately knew exactly where to take the production and all of the words flowed so easily after that. It was a great collaboration and the whole process from start to finish felt effortless.
What role does NYC play in your music?
I have loved NYC since I was a very young girl playing a lead in an off broadway production here, and always knew that I would come back. Right now just physically being in NYC is influencing my music because I am experiencing so many new things and meeting a lot of new people here. Attending NYU is allowing me to access studios and learn production skills that I don’t have access to where I live. I want to learn as much as I can about the music industry, craft, production, history, styles, etc so I can be the best at everything I do and have longevity with my music career.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I am always working on new material and collabs, and it is coming along great! I have been experimenting with music so much in these past few months including learning to produce on my own.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
There is no tentative release date yet for new material, but my listeners can always expect to see something new. I have a huge bank of music ready to go, and it is just a matter of choosing what is next in terms of single vs EP and then creating a strategy and assets to go with the new releases.
What else is happening next in Joy Kate’s world?
I am studying hard at Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and continuing to write everyday and learn so many important things to help give me longevity in my career. People can expect to see me experiment with a new sound and really use my voice to be vulnerable and spread positive messages. I am also working on several projects including synch opportunities, collabs, songwriting for major label artists, and even a possible TV/musical score!