By: Amanda Hather
Cat Thomson, a new addition to the 604 Records family, is soon releasing her debut album. With three songs available for streaming on her website, the album promises to be full of her powerful vocals and musical talent. Lead single, “Sticks & Stones” is available for purchase on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/sticks-stones-single/id730590465.
To find out more about her upcoming releases and any other information you may need about Cat, follow her websites. We were also lucky enough to have a video interview with Cat at the 604 Extravaganza back in June, which you can watch here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI7-WIirq50.
To start this off, you recently released your first single, “Sticks & Stones”. How did that go? Was the fan reaction what you anticipated?
CT: It went fantastic! I’ve gotten some really wonderful feedback from friends, family, and fans. People seem to really enjoy not only the music, but the message of the song as well.
What can fans expect from your upcoming album?
CT: I think you’ll find that there’s a song to fit every mood. It’s a very lyrical album; these songs are my diary entries. Some are happy and upbeat, others are a bit moody and sullen.
When you’re writing songs, what comes first? (E.g. lyrics, melody, etc.)
CT: 95% of the time melody comes first. I never sit at my piano with the intention of writing a particular sounding song, my fingers on the keys do the talking more or less. Once I have a melody, the lyrics usually flow like hot lava!
What inspires you to write songs?
CT: Mostly people: past/present relationships, friends/family Some songs are just stories that I want to tell and have absolutely nothing to do me or anyone I know..haha. I’ve always liked writing stories, now I get to add music to it. I would absolutely LOVE to write a musical one day.
You went to school at Louisiana State University for opera and vocal performance. What made you decide to pursue a career as more of a pop artist? Do you find that your experience from school helps you when you’re writing?
CT: I actually always started off as a singer-songwriter. I’ve been writing and performing my music since I was 10 years old. I came to a cross-roads after High School and had to decide if I wanted to pursue music or athletics and I chose music. I was offered a full-ride scholarship to LSU (Louisiana State University), and the opportunity was too good to pass up. The training I received was invaluable and I am forever grateful to all my voice teachers. But as much as I loved performing opera, I missed performing my own music and decided to get back to my natural roots. The way I write music now is so different than how I wrote 5 or 6 years ago, there’s a big classical influence in there. I love orchestral moments, lots of harmonies and choral arrangements. I see each song now as a full composition, not just lyrics and piano melodies.
What was the process like when making this album? Did you find it difficult at all to work with different people, such as Kevvy Mental from Fake Shark Real Zombie?
CT: It was SO fun!! Lots of experimenting! Kevvy is a nightmare…haha just kidding. From the second we met, we clicked, I call him my brother-in-law. He was one of the first people who just ‘got it’ and understood what I was doing. We really learned a lot from each other. Steve Bays and Colin Janz were also producers who I instantly clicked with. I remember meeting with Colin at Starbucks and quickly became obsessed with him…in the most sane way possible..haha. He’s one of my closest friends now and I can’t wait to work on more projects together. And Steve is just a genius, I was incredibly lucky to have him co-produce Sticks & Stones and can’t wait to see what we do for the next album.
Why did you want to pursue a career in music in the first place? What inspired you to follow this dream?
CT: I was about 4 or 5 years old when I knew this is what I wanted to do. Music was the only plan, there was never a plan B. It’s in your soul…a feeling that you know you were meant do something. Music is my “something”.
What advice would you give to someone trying to break out in the music industry?
CT: Don’t settle for being ordinary; keep making yourself a better artist. This industry is incredibly tough, so learn how to take criticism, believe me, you’ll hear a lot of it. Take lessons, work with lots of people, perform perform perform!! Don’t have an ego, musicians don’t want to work with people who think they know it all…and I’m guessing if you’re new to the industry…you’ve got a lot to learn. We’re here to creatively better ourselves, so soak up as much knowledge from those around you. But above all, have fun, do it because you love it, you eat sleep and breathe it.
How did you and Jessica Lee come up with the idea of Cassica?
CT: A unicorn whispered the idea to both of us in a dream.
Now for a few fun questions:
Favourite social media site?
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
CT: Mmmm Caramel
Do you believe that the books are better than the movies?
CT: Yes, they go into detail that movies don’t have time for. Plus, you get to use your imagination.
Do you prefer cats or dogs?
CT: I’m obsessed with both!
What is the first album you remember buying?
CT: Music Box – Mariah Carey
What is something your fans may not know about you?
CT: I can wiggle my ears
Where in the world would you like to tour the most that you haven’t yet?
CT: Canada! I haven’t toured the homeland yet so that’s definitely first on the list. Then the UK for sure!
Craziest moment on stage?
CT: A fan was trying to persuade me to give him my number WHILE I was in the middle of a song by screaming at me from about 2ft away. I guess that counts as getting heckled…but in the most flattering way possible? It was creepy…haha
Favourite thing to drink?
CT: Good ole H2O
Favourite concert you’you’ve ever been to?
CT: Kimbra and HAIM were amazing!!
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.