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Interview: Kitty Coen
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I think Shania Twain was the first reason why I wanted to do music. Her videos were so iconic, and growing up I always wanted to be just like her. I’m not totally sure what I would be doing if I wasn't doing music… probably film.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I love to paint, it's super calming to me. I also love to play video games and spend time in nature. All of those things inspire my music. Life itself inspires the music.
How long has your band been around?
I’m just a solo act, and I've been doing this since 2020.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Based out of Nashville, from Austin, Texas. I think being from Texas put a lot of western influences in my music. I wouldn't consider my music country by any stretch but I’m definitely inspired by country artists like Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Kacey Musgraves.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Kitty was a nickname I got from a boyfriend of mine and Coen is my great grandma’s maiden name. Rolls off the tongue.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Dallas, TX at The Ruins on November 20th. First home town show. Legendary.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Favorite so far has been Mohawk in Austin, TX. And yes, I want to play at all the well known spots! The Troubadour in LA, the Basement East in Nashville, the Mercury Lounge in NYC. The list goes on.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Coachella: Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Young Thug , Greta Van Fleet
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Stay true to yourself. People will promise you the moon and stars, but at the end of the day as long as you keep doing what you know is right, everything‘s gonna turn out ok.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Don’t let people get you worked up, and be kind always. Talk your shit when you get home lol.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Fade, it’s about all the friends I’ve lost to addiction or suicide.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My favorite to play is “Holy.”
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I write the songs and find the chords then take them to my producer and we get them to a good place. Then we hire a band to track the parts.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Authentic messages. Not watered down or something the listener has heard a million times before.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
It's a solo project but me and my producer do have disagreements - we get past it always.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Tour the world. New music all year baby.