Studio Carry On Harry [ Interviews with Artist : ] Katie Knipp Winner of two SAMMIES-2020 and 2019 (Sacramento Music Awards) for Best Blues Artist, and was nominated Artist of The Year by The Sacramento News and Review. She has been honored Female Artist of the Year 2020 by the Country Folk Americana Blues Music Realm. She has gained worldwide radio support, putting both “The Well ” and “Take it With You” on the Roots Music Report in Top Contemporary Blues Albums spun for 2018-2021.
Today we have Katie Knipp sharing with us her journey and making of her new release on studio CarryOnHarry
Artist Talk with Katie Knipp | New Release Music Interview
Tell us about yourself ? Introduction Note : Name / Band Name / Location from / Goal in Life
I am a blues/americana artist based in California. My goal is to inspire millions of people with my music through recording, performing, and teaching.
How long you been in performing arts ? Share some details of initial days / learning days / experimenting days to grow to BE WHAT YOU ARE TODAY
I have been professionally performing over 25 years, I first picked up the clarinet at age 8 but then realized singing was more fun. I have a degree in opera, and am self taught on guitar. I had a good private piano teacher as well. I think it’s important to get out on stage even if you don’t think you’re ready. Each hour onstage is worth at least 10 hours of practice because of the higher level of concentration involved.
What was most attractive part for you to be in this industry ?
Giving my band and I unforgettable performance experiences, sharing our music with the world, seeing new places because of it, and inspiring others.
Share some experiences ( good or bad ) any that made you grow in life or profession ? Hint : Any special person who made you learn your art more / any books that helped / experiences that gave you wisdom.
My teacher Joe Barnett, who has since passed away, was a fantastic piano and vocal coach for me for 8 years. He always made me laugh every lesson, which reminded me not to take myself too seriously. His beautiful grand piano now sits in my house, and I am at it every day, teaching kids or practicing my own stuff.
Who inspired you ? How do you work on creating your own signature style ? Hint : Learning Skills / Mentorship / Experimenting / Practice Rituals / Asking feedback / study market trends / Notice public responses . How do you analyze all this to be known as you and BE YOU ?
Nina Simone, Son House, Ani Difranco, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt. When I am writing or recording I try to make sure to listen to a different style of music so that my mind is open to creating something entirely new. I always record ideas into my phone and come back to them at a later time to see if I still like them, then expand on the snippets.
What do you want to convey through your music?
Feelings and Stories
Story behind making of your new track / Album? ( idea of making , some interesting inspirational facts to share)
For our song Sad Eyed Lover off of The Well, I was inspired by a line in the movie Deadpool 2 when Blind Al tells Wade (Deadpool) “Can you speak up? It’s a little hard to hear you with that pity D!&% in your mouth.” As soon as I heard that, the chorus for the song popped into my head, and I thought, I’ve gotta find a way to rewrite this so it can be played on the radio. Our band had a ball recording it during covid and then releasing the official video just one week ago.
Any interesting trivia about making of song ?
I would say just make sure you can play it live as a solo act. Then you know if the song stands on its own and is worthy of everyone else’s time in the band.
People who you would like to thank ?
Every music teacher I have ever had, especially the late Joe Barnett, Scott and Elliott at SBL Entertainment, Charlie at Marin Artists Agency, Mick Martin, and my band- Zack Proteau, Neil Campisano, Chris Martinez, and Otis Mourning.
People who you would like to work with and people you idolize to be like professionally ?
Where do you see your music 3 years from now ?
Having toured Europe with my band, releasing more records, and reaching millions of people
How would you like to stretch your boundaries of genre in future projects ?
I would love to have a sassy guest female rapper on a song. I believe I am stretching boundaries with other styles already
Message for Fans and listeners. ( Apart from connecting …. Your Advice / Inspiring Message
Thank you for listening!
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