RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NORWICH ARTIST ALEX KATE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
It’s actually been a long time coming. I am a pure product of covid, when the world was faced with doom I thought what have I got to lose I might as well try and do the thing I have been doing in my dreams since I can remember. It’s flipping scary but I haven’t looked back.
Introduce yourself and your musical history?
I was classically trained and wanted to go down the opera route, instead I started working in the music industry and had an artist management company. I got to work with some incredible people. But unfortunately it was pre the “me too” movement and I got tired of the craziness that was in the industry and left it for a little bit. It’s good to come back as a singer, when people are a little more respectful. I also run a little 360 label called Pax Records, so am able to exert my business side self too.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Ha ha, I don’t think I have been interviewed enough to have one.
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?
Not Yet. Although, I do not believe everything I am told by the media
What useless party trick do you have?
Have you ever hear of strawberry lace races? I have never lost…
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I organised a gig back in november and got all the performers to join me in a rendition of “Knocking on heavens door” the audience joined in also- it was such a special moment.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I am still traumatised from when I was 7 and I was leading a chorus of singers in a peter pan musical and I completely messed up my lyrics and shouted oops and went completely bright red. The memory haunts me still today.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
People think I am a massive extrovert but most of my time I spend living in quite a solitary existence in a Barn in the countryside- its where I feel the most creative.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
If Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush and Haim went to a party where Kylie Minogue was djing
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I have purposefully chosen not to use autotune in my songs. It is a tool that is now incredibly normalised and I know I will be criticised for it but I am sticking to my guns.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I love One Plus One or actually I love my next release Summer Wagon
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Glad you mentioned it. One Plus One is a song about young summer love. I wrote it with my writing partner Heather Crawford (guitar for Jessie Reyez). We wanted to encapsulate that nostalgic feeling of you and your crush being in a world where its just the two of you. It was inspired by heather describing her first summer crush who she met on her holiday to the lake near Toronto.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
We wrote this Single in one zoom session last summer, heather is based in Toronto. I then sent the demo to my DOP friend in South Africa as I was going there for my brother’s wedding in december. Whilst there I managed to find actors who were a couple in real life to enact a visualiser for the song. It was shot around a damn near cape town, to try and emulate the lake that Heather went to in Toronto.
What was the recording process like?
I recorded this along with the rest of the EP (coming out later this year) in Stavanger Norway with the amazing Jorgan Manke and some incredible viking musicians. I was recommended to him by Pete Maher, the incredible masterer. Jorgan has the most incredible studio really close to the beach- so when I needed a break we would escape for a little walk to clear our heads.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
You can take your time with decisions. Don’t let anyone rush you, but ultimately go with your gut.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Haha lots- but thats a never satisfied perfectionist artist talking.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I have 4 more singles out making up my EP, which is being released on the 14th October, with an EP launch gig at St Peter’s Notting Hill on the 13th October- come and say hi.