We chatted to the ambitious and talented Edinburgh musician Kat Healey ahead of her newest single ‘Perfect’ being released on September 15th. Find out how Kat does it all in our interview, and pre-order ‘Perfect’ on Kat Healey’s website.
1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
I’m Kat Healy, a singer-songwriter from Edinburgh who’s been fortunate to tour throughout the UK, Europe, US and Australia.
I recently supported the wonderful Joshua Radin at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh and have been fortunate to land several performance features on Scotland’s STV channel and BBC Radio Scotland, including a live studio session with Janice Forsyth (BBC The Janice Forsyth Show).
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
I love all kind of music, lots of different genres, and I started out singing and performing in musical theatre, earning a degree in drama and performance, and then went on to study popular music as a vocalist at Edinburgh College. Since then I’ve made one album, two EP’s and released three singles.
Mostly I’ve released under ‘singer-songwriter, acoustic, folk’ – but recently I’ve been doing a lot more vocal work again, delving into my performance roots, which is fun and pretty challenging. This new single ‘Perfect’ is straight-up fun, acoustic pop; a clear and bright melody with a catchy chorus. It was a lot of fun to record!
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I started singing when I was young, my mother had a beautiful singing voice, and I felt inspired and soothed by it. A couple of teachers at my school encouraged me to sing early on, and that’s when I started in theatre productions. I was always a bit terrified, but steadily I began to perform more and at different kinds of events and fundraisers. I always knew from the start that I loved to sing and wanted to pursue it, and I was happy to take as many opportunities as I could.
Until I was at university, we travelled a lot with my parents who worked in Malaysia. I have hilarious memories of singing random power ballads like ‘the Power of Love’ and ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ in hotel bars in far-flung places like Kota Kinabalu, which was random but magic!
I didn’t consider writing my own songs until well into my 20’s. I’d lost my nerve a bit after my mother passed away, and if I hadn’t dragged myself back to college to study vocals for two years, I would never have pulled myself together enough to write songs and crack the live circuit. I’m so glad and fortunate that I did, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
4. Stage or studio?
Although I love both – definitely the stage! You can’t beat it. It’s such a thrill and so special to share your voice and songs with an audience.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
I have a lovely 214 E Taylor, a TM 15E Sigma, a Korg SV1 and a Cathedral reverb pedal. That’s usually enough for acoustic performances. My partner Thilo is in Stanley Odd and our house is like some kind of ‘gear-den’ – I’m quite spoiled for choice!
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
The Electro Harmonix Cathedral pedal is a great all-rounder for me. I can use it with the keyboard and my acoustic and it adds just enough texture to make things a bit more ambient.
All my releases are at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon (all other digi stores) and my new release, ‘Perfect’ is available for pre-order at iTunes at the moment, where you’ll get an extra free download of the acoustic mix of the new song.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are all @kathealymusic
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