KaT's Head - Guilt is Golden

TRACK OF THE WEEK

It’s our final Track of the Week for May! How did that happen? This week we’re featuring the brilliant KaT’s Head…

What was the inspiration behind your track?
My track was initially inspired by earwigging a bit of gossip on the bus!

A couple were talking about their mates and sort of sounded guilty about it, but almost as if they couldn’t stop themselves. This then got me thinking about peoples’ relationship with guilt and gossip, and how our culture and corporations now thrive on it, but we unfortunately suffer from its effects.

What did your songwriting process involve?
Lot’s of muttering lyrics to myself trying to keep in time with my raps on guitar! This piece started out acoustic as I had it in mind for being an ideal live performance piece. This was my first attempt at rapping and playing simultaneously.

It all really came to life when I started to work with the producer Pandax who did excellently at setting the tone for this. His creative arrangement skills and playful instrumentation completely transformed the track. The Vocoder effect he put on my voice is a particular favourite of mine.

What things do you do differently to other bands?
I’m a huge lover of words, which can sometimes be a good thing and can sometimes get the better of me, as whilst I’m writing I have a tendency to try and cram in as many rhymes as I can! Over the last few years I’ve tried to work on refining my raps and now only my favourite lines make the final cut.

So I suppose basing my songs around words and stories that excite me.

Can you describe your sound in three words?
Oooh three words, perhaps… Curious, Reflective, and Comedic at points.

Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?
Yes definitely Kate Tempest, I feel I am always channeling a little bit of her as she has inspired me for a long time.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The people you meet, the amount of music you get to hear, see and create. I think getting involved with projects you’d never imagine being a part of is really exciting. I never thought I’d be in a drum and bass band, but ended up giving it a go in first year and had loads of fun and learnt loads through the experience.

What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
To enjoy it and to ‘never judge your beginning by somebody else’s end’.

What’s next for you?
Now that my degree at BIMM comes to an end I’ll be pottering about in Brighton, gigging, hosting and working in education as a learner support worker. Musically, I feel my note pad and pen calling me so I’ll be spending some time with them a lot this summer.

The Next gig I have lined up is on the 29th of July at the Hope and Ruin where I’ll be hosting the fantastic ‘Ed Fowler Band’s single launch. I feel lucky and excited to be able to host nights as well as to play them as I get to see so much live music through a different lens, especially Ed Fowler as he is a real talent in a city full of talented people.

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