Six Questions With Lindsay Katt
Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
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Next in the hot seat is New York City-based indie pop singer Lindsay Katt. We have not yet had the privilege of featuring Lindsay Katt here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with her, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” -Unknown I have always loved this quote.
Throughout my career, I have found it to be so challenging to speak constructively about my music, without sounding like a regurgitated tape playing on a marketing loop.
How do you describe an experience to someone or a color…how do you describe a certain kind of red?
However, when I am asked to speak about my musical work, I do feel it is fair to say that my work is heavily Lyrical, emotionally based, with an indie rock/singer-songwriter energy. Punctuated perhaps with a love of Rock and Roll/Dancing.
A mix between passionate indie rock/pop, and deeply personal storytelling, I try to rub up against my own emotional vulnerability, and the excitement I carry for being alive, and to make space in my work that allows those things to come through.
I grew up in Montana, in a very small town, on 40 acres of land. With cows, horses, llamas, sheep, and pigs as next store Neighbors. I was one of 7 kids and brought up in a family of non-professional, but very talented Artists, thinkers, and creators. (My Father a Doctor, my Mother, teaching us from home).
I moved to NYC to pursue a career in music and the arts when I was 20, and it has been a pretty much non-stop adventure from that point on.
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
As time has continued to move me forward, I have had so many different incarnations, platforms, and flavors of relationship with my fan base, all bringing different joys and satisfaction in different ways.
Twitter, I have found to be a great platform to speak directly to fans. There is just something about being able to reach out directly to them, at any moment, and vice versa, that feels so fun to me.
My relationship with my fans has developed over the years, into a deeply personal, and meaningful one. I know a lot of their names, I see them/hug them at shows, and I take the time to hear them, and consider their needs and wants.
The line between fans, art friends, and all interested, interesting people out colliding in the world, has always felt a little blurred to me…especially as they compare to how I saw those relationships when I was younger. The internet I feel played a large role in that transition. Never before have we ever been in a better position as artists to climb down off our art pedestals, and be in, with, and among the people.
The older I get, the less trivial that community feels, and also a less ego engaging.
I have learned that I really enjoy working “in the people” …busking art installations in public spaces, or performing in small intimate groups/concerts. As thrilling as it is to play in a big arena, to me, nothing quite compares to sharing a moment with a group of 50 people, and then hugging them, and talking with them in the signing line after in the aftermath. To me, that human contact and connection feel so vital to the process of exchange of making and giving art.
Many of my fans are themselves, after all, passionate, and eclectic artists, whose work, thoughts, and opinions also inspire ME daily. They are all coming from complicated, and unique circumstances, just as I am…after all, I am an artist, who is also a fan of artists and art.
And, just like any relationship, it involves a level of symbiosis and caring.
I care deeply about them, as well as their thoughts and feelings. I enjoying spending time with them and hearing from them, and I hope they feel the same way.
I used to get kind of prickly in interviews where people would say things like “It’s so great how you do what you want, and don’t care what people think.”
I would think, “Yeah, I do, ‘do what I want’ but not because I don’t care what people think…I care..deeply.”
I feel there is a huge misconception in and around entertainment, as it relates the integrity of caring about your audience. So, for me, I’d like to set the record straight. I care DEEPLY about what my fans think and feel…I just don’t worry about it or let it take over my own integrity in the work.
I believe there are an important distinction and difference between care, and worry. For me, “not caring what people think” makes me far less effective at my job….but I also focus hard not to worry about what they think, or let it influence the truth I hear ringing out in my heart.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
I would say that has got to be a toss-up between self-promotion, and stone cold stage fright. I have been a notably TERRIBLE self-promoter over the years, always caring more about the content I’m creating, then talking about it. (I also struggle with a fair amount of performance anxiety….usually not while performing, but up to the moment that I go on stage, or get in front of that camera).
In my early career, this was an especially difficult hurdle to jump, and sometimes I still need to stretch and flex those bravery muscles and practice facing that fear.
A third struggle that feels fair to mention, is the one of monetizing the work itself.
There is a huge part of me that wants the music and art that I make to be free and available to anyone who wants it. Then again…there is that part of me that needs to live somewhere, eat, and fund the work I’m doing, so I can continue to produce it. This I feel, the great equation that most independent artists can face, and often struggle with.
Art +? = Money
Platforms like Patreon, where patrons commit to supporting an Artist’s work, on a monthly or project-based basis, is an exciting development of crowdsourcing, that I see working for people out there in the world of art-business every day…and it excites me.
And while these challenges can complicate our lives sometimes, I am happy to face and confront them in order to move forward with the work.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
First off, I love this question…because I’ve never heard it before. Also, I hate it…because it feels like I am put in a position where I have to compare my work! (which is something I don’t usually like to do)
I am not a parent, but I imagine its a similar feeling to trying to select a favorite child. I love them all so much in different ways. However, I think if I have to pick ONE…
I would have to say in a pinch, the song I would pick is: “Is It You”
…that one has a special place in my heart.
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
I don’t believe in limits. So I feel like every goal or desire in my heart is a realistic one.
I REALLY want to work with Jim Henson’s brand…Ideally with “The Muppets.”
I have been quoted previously as saying I would rather make art with The Muppets than win ANY major award or trophy. (And I stand by that…but…my personal motto is “Always choose both” …so there’s that.)
A line from a song in the new FilmTrack I wrote, produced and directed these past few years called “The Avant-Gardener” goes like this… “The doing of the thing…IS the thing.”
I truly believe that, and I value the experience of being, doing, and making, as much as any experience that comes as a fruit of that labor.
I hope to achieve a reputation as someone who produces quality work, with integrity, grit, and kindness.
My goal is to always do my best work, in every moment that I am engaging with it.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I like to linger in the little moments and the little things in life. Cooking, reading, swimming, good conversation, rock-climbing, building exploring. I try to put myself in circumstances that help me grow, and that feels exciting and productive for me. I play, and laugh, and try/fail at things every day. I prioritize those things.
I once heard someone say, “If you are the smartest person in the room…you are in the wrong room.”
I have taken that to heart and worked hard to surround myself with intelligent and passionate artists, communities, and fellow humans, who inspire and engage with all the different parts of me.
Second, to that, I try to remain open and curious about the world. To look at it with the same love and intrigue as a child might, without judgment, or self-deprecation.
I try to give myself permission to be imperfect and practice aggressive self-love while embracing all of those quirks or “imperfections.”
This has proven to cultivate the most fertile atmosphere in which to dream, invent, find inspiration, and inevitably, to grow my best work.