Chances are you’ve arrived at this page because you have no idea who I am…
So I’m guna break it down for ya.
My name’s Katie.
I’ve been pretty obsessed with music ever since I was 6 years old. I’ve been gigging and touring professionally for the past 20 years.
Along with music I love animals, nature and earthy stuff.
I’m also a nerd and know far too much about retro computer games and D&D.
I have a beautiful dog called Molly who is half-chocolate lab half-greyhound.
Molly’s favourite activities include walking, sleeping and eating (in that order).
I’m from a quirky little town called Totnes in Devon (UK). Devon is…..quite frankly….awesome. It’s filled with tons of beautiful beaches, countryside and gorgeous old buildings.
If you haven’t done so already – Google ‘Devon, UK’. I dare ya. (After you’ve read this of course).
Right now I’m living in Austin, Texas. I moved here in February 2014. I’m loving the live music and sunny weather but I do miss the rolling hills of Devon. If you want to find out how on earth I ended up here take a look at my blog – it’s a pretty epic tale.
Currently I’m doing a variety of musical stuff.
I’m co-writing with some super cool people.
Phil Gould (Level 42) , Dan Cassidy (Eva Cassidy’s brother) and Henry Priestman (The Christians) .
Phil in particular has been a wonderful friend and mentor and has taut me so much about song writing and being a better musician.
Grateful? You betcha.
The past few years or so have been the bestest for me.
In 2012 I was the Winner of Best Acoustic Act at the South West Music Awards (UK) and in 2010 I was the Winner of the Singer/Songwriter Contest held in Leipzig (Germany).
In 2013 I was asked by Baltimore based Disappear Fear to play drums/cajon for them on a 26 state USA tour. In the same year I played cajon at a string of shows for Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), one of which was a live BBC event.
For almost 20 years I have performed all over the UK and Europe with many talented bands and artists as well as playing my own material as a solo acoustic singer/songwriter.
I co-headlined a 3 week tour in Germany with Elli Erl (Winner of the 2nd Season of German Idol) and I also co-wrote an EP with Elli which was recorded in Cologne.
I have recorded 4 of my own albums, all of which were recorded in my own little studio in Devon.
I always play and record all the instruments myself.
I’ve had tons of people ask me about this over the years…
‘waw that’s so amazing! Bet it was so satisfying to decide not to use studio musicians and do it all yourself?’….
I taut myself how to play bass guitar and drums for one reason. I was broke and had no-one else who was willing to come and play on my tunes.
So even though I didn’t have much choice, I’m am extremely grateful that I decided to go it alone anyway – as it’s helped me grow so much as a musician.
And because of not being able to afford studio time either, I began to build up my own studio from scratch.
It started with a Fostex 4 track tape recorder and has slowly over many years become a gorgeous recording space that I love and adore.
So how did all these musical adventures begin?
Well…they began long ago….when my Grandparents bought a pianola.
what the heck’s a pianola?
The best way to describe a pianola is a humungo piano that has a big metal mechanism inside it. The mechanism played paper rolls, which you bought separately. Each roll had dozens of small holes dotted about randomly and when inserted into the pianola the piano would then play a piece of music all by itself.
Pretty darn cool.
It also functioned just the same as a regular piano and I would stop by my Grandparent’s place as often as I could and just noodle away.
I’d play a mixture of stuff I’d heard on the radio and also my own creations (most of which were bloody awful). I loved the freedom to be able to create what ever I wanted.
After a year or so of noodling fun I began having formal lessons from a woman I’m certain was a part time piano teacher / part time witch. She made me play these epic classical pieces of music and forced me to sight read as much as possible. While now-a-days I fully appreciate that these pieces were very cleverly written, 7 year old me really couldn’t care less and found them rather dull and boring. Not only that, I was (and still am) *very* dyslexic and struggled reading words never mind notes on a stave.
I was made to prepare and do grades and after my Grade 4 piano exam I decided to quit piano all together.
Around the time I quit playing piano my Dad had decided to try his hand at playing guitar. He bought a cheap n nasty classical guitar and an instruction book.
…….and that’s as far as it went.
I saw the guitar propped up in the corner of the lounge and thought I’d give it a try.
The strings were half a mile off the fret board and it really was a hideous sounding guitar….but hey, it was better than nothing at all.
The instruction book really didn’t inspire me, so I went straight to the back where all the chord shapes were and began teaching myself all the different chords.
Before I knew it I was writing my first few songs and so began my love of songwriting.
By 15 I had left school with no qualifications and started trying to gig as much as humanly possible. I played in dozens of rather seedy pubs and bars and the most I ever made was £5 (I have plenty of horror stories, ask me next time you see me and I’ll tell you all about it).
By the time I was 17 I had taut myself bass and drums and was gigging around 4-5 nights a week in various bands as well as performing my own material.
Because I was gigging so often (and getting paid a lot better than my early £5 a gig days!) I was able to quit my day job and focused fully on music. Along with gigging as much as possible I had a very strict daily practice regime. I would rehearse for 7 hours every single day. I’d practice drums, bass, acoustic guitar and vocals. I’d also work on new tunes and material for the various bands I was working with. I worked my little booty off as I wanted to be the best musician possible.
…and from there I kept on keeping on…I love music. Always have, always will.
Since those early days I’ve been fortunate enough to play some amazing gigs and tours and work with super talented people….and every day I learn something new, both personally and musically.
I love this journey I am on.
Music is bloody brilliant isn’t it? 😉