Katie Thompson Newsletter Interview
11 May 2008 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?
One event that stands out in my mind would have to be in 2007 when I went to the Tamworth Music Festival in Australia. There I entered a competition called the Jazzer Quest. People from all over Australia and New Zealand had entered, so I was stoked when I got into the finals. They read out third then second place and I though ďbugger, I wouldíve liked a placingď, and just as I was about to go grab a beer they called my name out as first place. I was lucky enough to have my family and band members with me to celebrate the event.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
Thatíd be a tie between the Woodstock Pub and the Red Lion Tavern (Hokitika). They both hold regular jam nights. This is where I got the courage to get up and perform, learnt some good old country music & met many of my mentors/musicians. These venues and guys have made me who I am!
What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
At the moment Iím getting ready to record my first album at Sunset Records so Iím finalising which of my own songs I want on their and itíll be all go very shortly. At the moment Iíve got two demo songs on my Myspace site. After recording I hope to go back Tamworth Australia to promote my album and when I get back I will start promoting it here in New Zealand.
What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
Iím based on the West Coast of the South Island and unfortunately hardly any of the big New Zealand acts come our way, so really all of them!!! I would love to see Anika Moa back this way, Atlas to do a gig at the old Regent Theatre, OpShop, Goodnight Nurse, Scribe, Elemeno P etc. Iím into every genre, so bring Ďem on!!
If you could, what rumour would you start about yourself?
That Iím already famous in Australia and if New Zealand doesnít hurry up and claim me as their own the Auzzies will take me!!!
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
If youíve got a passion for music - stick to it! Practice up on your instrument and/or voice and learn from other musicians. Some of the best advice Iíve been given has been from an old muso at the end of a gig. Music may not make you rich, but would you have it any other way? You canít buy happiness.
About Katie Thompson
Christchurch based singer/songwriter Katie Thompson is set to release her live EP "Moving On" this May. The new tracks were recorded at Quicksand Studios in Christchurch and are a taste of what's to come.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Katie Thompson
Katie will be touring nationwide this July - details out soon. Achievements to date: Female Artist of the Year Finalist at the National Country Music Awards, opening for Elton John & receiving video funding from NZ On Air for her latest single Cruel to be Kind.