Singer-Songwriter Kate Stewart has unveiled In The Beginning, the debut EP to follow her single releases, Loving You and On My Mind.
Your debut EP is called ‘in the beginning’ how did you come up with this title and what is the meaning behind it?
I wanted the title of the EP to be a reflection of starting again. After I left my label and started releasing music again, I changed my name back to Kate Stewart from ‘K’ and started writing a whole new sound. I knew I wanted the word ‘beginning’ in the title but I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to say it. When you type ‘In The Beginning’ into google the exact meaning is ‘the point at which something begins’ and I feel that’s exactly what this project is for me. It’s my fresh start as Kate Stewart.
When you were creating your EP in LA, being out there where did you get your inspiration from and do you see yourself ever living there?
For some reason, I think I write better music when I’m in LA. The whole vibe is just a lot more positive, you wake up and the sun is shining, everyone’s in a good mood, and unlike London sometimes, people are ready to WORK! When working over there, there’s a lot more pressure to impress which I find extremely motivating. I work with a handful of producers and writers out there who really understand my sound, they are super musical and a lot of them grew up in church so they have a feel for the music that’s completely different to the UK. I think I could definitely live in LA for maybe 6 months at a time, but not for life. London will always be my home, I miss it so much when I’m in LA for too long!
Who did you listen to when you were growing up and has anyone influenced you in your sound today?
I grew up listening to a lot of Pop and R&B. Christina Aguilera, Whitney Huston, Mariah Carey and Destiny’s Child where my main 4 artists that I would always listen to and still listen too now. They have all influenced me massively with my sound, from the melodies to the production, I always reference my idols.
What is your favourite song on this EP and why?
I have 2 favourites. My ‘In The Beginning’ Intro and ‘Bad Enough’. The intro because I absolutely love the production, it’s the exact kind of music I always saw myself making, I did it over in LA with The Free Nationals. Also because of the lyrics, it’s a sly dig at some previous experiences I went through, and putting it into this song really translated well. Bad Enough because it’s the one most meaningful and genuine songs I’ve ever written. I wrote it for my best friend when she was going through a hard time, but I think the lyrics are very relatable, for me included.
What was the most challenging thing you faced when creating this whole EP and how did you overcome it?
I think the most challenging part was differentiating the sound “throwback2 and “dated”. I’ve always wanted to make music that sounds as if it was made in the 90’s but made today. I am influenced by so many people and sounds from back in the day, but never wanted to make my music feel dated. I feel there’s such a massive difference. But thankfully all the producers I worked with on this project fully understood the direction and captured it perfectly.
What is one goal you set yourself for 2018 and did you achieve it?
I set myself a goal of writing and releasing a project that I was truly proud of, and that I have done! I couldn’t be happier with the music I’ve made this year, it finally sounds like me.
I can see you have good fashion sense when shooting your visuals do you pick out your own outfits?
Thank you! I either do it myself or work with one of my best friends Violetta who’s an amazing stylist on looks for the visuals. We work very closely together on picking outfits and we have exactly the same taste in clothes, which helps when picking the looks.
What genre category would you say your music fits into?
R&B/Soul with a hint of Pop elements. I’m trying to stay away from too much mainstream pop these days, as that’s what I was making before and it didn’t feel natural to me. I just want to make amazing music that really makes people feel, whether it be happiness, sadness of just a sense of relief when listening to it. I want to make sure people really hear my voice and have lyrics that really translate.
How old were you when you wrote your first ever song and was it ever released?
I wrote my first song when I was at music college. We got set a task to write and record a song and present it to the class. I can’t remember the name of it, I just remember it being absolutely terrible! It will definitely never be released!
You said that ‘Hands’ a single you released last year was the best song you’ve put out so far ,has this changed or is it still your favourite song?
I really love that song, but it’s definitely not my favourite anymore. At the time it felt like it was the most “me” song I had released, it was a lot more understated and cooler than the rest. But I’m now making music that I’m completely in love with and finally have no-one to tell me I can’t release it.
Do you have any upcoming projects, concerts, collaborations coming up in 2019?
I want to release another project, I’ve already started working on it. I think it’s important to release as much music as possible, especially as I’m unsigned and have no rules to stick too. I’m definitely going to try and do more live shows too, as live is definitely my strong point. As for collaborations, that’s a secret!