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KATI COOKE

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW KATI COOKE WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Kati, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I don’t think I decided, I think it’s always been in me. I feel like I couldn’t live without it. I have conversations with my friends and I’m baffled when they tell me they drive in silence and don’t really listen to music. It’s what my life has always and will always revolve around. It makes me feel a way that nothing else does and I want to give that to others. P.s to all my friends that drive in silence I now expect you to stream only “shouldn’t I?” In the car. Kidding! (Not).

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

So my name is Kati Cooke and I’m an artist & songwriter from the UK. I’m 23 but still feel 19 (covid did this to everyone right?) and I write songs in my bedroom. I guess it all started at 10 years old when my mum forced my to sing at my primary school leavers assembly, I sang ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus (iconic) and no you can’t see the video. Since then I was an avid theatre geek, until I finally decided to take the leap and start making my own music, and I guess here we are! My first single ‘shouldn’t I?’ is out now & there’s so much more coming that I can’t wait to share with y’all.

What’s the live music scene like in Yorkshire right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

Honestly, it’s no London or LA, but it feels like home to me. I love playing shows back home where I get to see friendly faces & sing songs I used to listen to with my parents as a kid. The dream is Madison Square Gardens, but as long as I’m singing, making music & sharing it with people who love it and me, I don’t really care where I am.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

In terms of the food chain, I’m at the bottom babyyyy. I don’t see that as a negative though, I see it as such an opportunity for growth. The dream is to be on the level of the greats, my pop idols, miss Ariana Grande, Sabrina Carpenter, Tate McRae, Olivia Rodrigo, the list goes on. To be able to party at the top with those legends would be one of my real “I’ve made it” moments. In terms of genre, I feel like I fit into that genre, but also with hints of RnB & trap. I love something I can dance to but don’t get me wrong, heartbreak ballads are on their way too.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

The first concert I ever went to was One Direction, I hate spicy food, I’ve never broken a bone.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

All the time, I feel like I’m constantly over analysing everything I post, but on the other hand I try to be my unapologetic-self as much as I can. A lot of the time people hate online because they’re bored and sad in their own life, but it’s hard to see it that way when it’s through a screen. On the other end of the spectrum though, the internet allows us to learn and grow so much, and I’m always open to hearing what people have to say, we can’t always be right.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Idk if it’s a conspiracy theory or not but aliens… you can’t tell me we’re the only ones in this universe (which is basically never ending btw).I feel like an alien myself sometimes to be honest. Madison Beer’s ‘homesick’ is one of my absolute fave songs & I suggest you all go listen to it right now for more outer space feels.

What was your worst experience on stage?

At an intimate gig last year, some guys literally started fighting right in front of my face and I had to stop my gig early. Like throwing punches and drinks flying, the whole lot. It was like something out of a movie.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I’m learning to do aerial (it’s basically gymnastics on silks and hoops) & I absolutely love it. Maybe I need to include my skills in an upcoming music video…

What are the next steps you plan to take to reach the next level?

Write more, release more, perform more. I’m such a workaholic, especially when it comes to something I love which means I’m constantly making new tunes. If ya’ll knew the amount of unreleased music I have on my computer lol. Maybe it’s time I release some more?

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Eeeeek I’m so excited. My first born child has finally arrived, “shouldn’t I?” Is now yours & I hope you love it as much as I’ve loved creating it. I know we all face moments where we’re tempted to do something we know we probably shouldn’t & this song is about those moments of giving in, the thrill and the regret that follow. I wanted to capture that complexity and turn it into something beautiful, fun & powerful. It’s out now on all streaming platforms & so much more is on it’s way to you.

What was the recording process like?

The absolute best, I recorded this with my amazing friend & incredible producer Liseli. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to laugh & make music with in the studio.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?

I don’t think I realised just how much goes into music, especially as an independent artist. You wear so many hats and are expected to learn so much, so quickly. It can be tough mentally sometimes, but genuinely just one person letting me know they listened, or even liked my tune makes it all worth it.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

This is a difficult question for me, I’m such a perfectionist and pessimist too. I’m constantly picking faults with everything I create, I think it stems from my fear of rejection & always wanting to people please. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t change anything because everything happens for a reason. I know there’s a reason I placed that harmony there or sang that line that way, and I love it, all I can hope for is that a couple of other people love it too.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

SO MUCH!! Kati Cooke is only just starting on this journey!! (Cringe lol). But seriously, I have so much love and art to give. This is my forever & I promise to put my all into the craft as long as you promise to give it a chance. Love ya xoxo

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