Interview – Mellow Lily

Acoustic folk artist, Mellow Lily, otherwise known as Kathryn Nemcsok took some time out of her schedule to have a little chat with me about her background, music and future plans.

First off, care to introduce yourself to the readers?

(with a big smile and a happy wave) Hi everyone! I am Mellow Lily, or as my friends know me, Kathryn Nemcsok

You released an EP back in 2015, can you take a minute to explain your writing process?

My writing process is very eclectic. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a line in my head, and I have to write it down. Other times, I draw inspiration from the things around me. It really all depends on my mood.

You recorded your EP in the Halifax public library, what made you come to this decision? Were you happy with the result?

Well, I was a musician for the VIA Rail Musicians on Board program, playing music on the train from Montreal to Halifax, so I decided to look into my options once I arrived in Halifax. I discovered that the library has a fully equipped studio in it, and with a library card, you can book 2 hours at a time. I would say that I am very satisfied with the results, considering I did everything myself, and did not have a recording engineer there to mix and master everything. It is not the same quality of recording as my first EP, but it is good enough to get my new material out there for now until I can release a full length album.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Truthfully, a  lot of my songs are written about real life events. That being said, my boyfriend has also recently been a wonderful inspiration for me. He suggests titles for songs, and I roll with it. I even have a song about a snow blower, inspired by our recycled snow blower we have.

You’ve opened for many talented artists, such as Crystal Shawanda, if you could work with any other Canadian artist, who would you choose?

If I had the choice? I would give anything to work with Walk Off the Earth or Craig Cardiff. Though Alan Doyle would be pretty cool too!

When can fans expect you to head out on tour?

My tour starts this April. I have been asked once again to be a part of the Festival de Guitar de Monde en Abitibi Temiscamingue, and I am really excited about it! That is a festival that draws artists from around the world. Last year, I opened for Grammy award nominees! Other than that, I usually tour in the summer. I play festivals all across Canada, and last year I went to the East Coast. This year, I am working on making my way out to British Columbia.

If someone has yet to see you perform live, what should they be expecting?

I like to describe my live shows as intimate and chill. I am a solo artist, so to keep the show entertaining, I tell stories about my life between songs, and add in a little humour. Everyone likes to laugh, so I try my best to get at least one laugh per show. I also always strongly encourage my audience to come talk to me after my shows. I have a book of truths, where people can tell me their stories.

What’s up next for you?

Right now, I am in the process of planning my west coast tour and branching out to the Toronto music scene. I have a show lined up at Duffy’s Tavern in Toronto in April, then it will be major prep time for the summer tour!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are you current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Well, I used to really like Feist, but lately, I am a huge fan of Walk Off the Earth, Alan Doyle, and Great Lake Swimmers.

Here at Canadian Beats, we like to include a portion of questions that may help your fans learn something new about you, so here goes:

What is your current go-to song?

I don’t usually listen to Hedley, but right now, “Anything” by Hedley is like my anthem. I find when I am having a day that is getting me down, if I blast that song, my mood changes almost instantly!

If you were able to write a song for any existing television show, which would you choose? Why?

Well, believe it or not, I do not really have TV. I watch Netflix a lot though, so I would say the program, About a Boy because it is brilliantly written, and it uses a lot of indie style music.

What was the last concert you attended as a fan?

Three years ago, I was lucky enough to get tickets to one of Great Big Sea’s last concerts as a band. It was AMAZING!

What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

I am actually the 6th child of 7 in my family. We are all very close, and I would say that they are all very supportive of my music career.

You are asked to cook dinner for the folks at Canadian Beats, what would you choose as the meal?

Oh! I love cooking! And, I am also very proud of my Hungarian heritage, so I would cook my family’s recipe of chicken paprika. It is a dish that has paprika, chicken, a light gravy, red peppers, and home made spätzle noodles. It is SO GOOD!

What is your favourite Springtime activity?

Jumping in puddles!!! Not even kidding, I am a kid at heart, so I love springtime because it is warm enough to ditch the jacket, put on a pair of rubber boots, and splash around! My parents still call me puddle duck!

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to the readers?

Support Canadian musicians! There is so much talent right here in our own country, and a lot of people don’t know what they are missing! Also, if you come to one of my concerts, please stop by and say hi! I love meeting my fans and knowing that they support the Canadian music scene!

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