Five Questions With Kat Beck

Photo Credit: Katherine Becker/Len Rooney

Vancouver, BC-based artist/ songwriter Kat Beck has recently released her music video for “Hooked on Your Love”. The single was written by Kat Beck, produced by Adam Stanton, and mastered by Jamie Kuse at Creativ Recording Studios.

Adam Stanton comments,

“Kat Beck returns with her latest single, ‘Hooked On Your Love’, fusing her angelic top line vocal melodies, with a production style that borders Pop and EDM music. Her message of longing for truth in love rings through the verses, supported by a driving beat and acoustic guitars. This leads way to a chorus that opens up with a modern pop flare of 808 drums and vocal chops, followed by an undeniable post-chorus hook led by Kat’s soaring vocals. Kat’s writing is purposeful as she searches for meaning in every moment of the song, a true singer-songwriter at work.”

Check out the video below and find out more about Kat in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi. I’m  Kat Beck. I am a 16-year-old Songwriter and Solo Artist born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. You might recognize me Nationally from my participation in the Ottawa Bluesfest “She’s The One Emerging Female Artist Competition” or the “La Voix Junior” Television show from Quebec. My genre is Pop Music, and my style currently borders Pop and EDM, although I am still experimenting with the Pop genre. My artistic vision is to provide a socially conscious voice of support to my generations challenges while confronting stereotypes, as well as covering the universal and multi-generational concepts of Love, Dreams, Hope and Heartbreak. It might sound cheesy to say that my life is music, but I really do feel that way.  I can’t imagine a time that  I wasn’t expressing myself through music, not just my own but through the music I listen to.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I write songs both melodically and lyrically simultaneously, usually acoustically on my guitar or keyboard.  My writing style is really inspired by my emotions and experiences. I find my best songs are written when I feel really inspired and I have something to say. If I am particularly inspired I can usually work through writing an entire song in one session. If I am semi-inspired it usually ends up in my stock of choruses, verses and word notes, waiting to be finished! I also find I can express things through music that I could not express any other way. My music is constantly evolving, but right now I am in love with the genre in between Pop and EDM. My music is usually bright and cheerful ( to date anyway!). I love the euphoria of a loud synth and harmonized vocals!

I really like music that has something to say. Lyrics that mean something. So many of my generation think that rap music is the cool way to go, and I enjoy the beats but one thing I hate is the misogyny that seems to be so prolific in rap music today. How can you respect a woman if you are pumped with those lyrics day in day out?  I am always trying to introduce people around me to more poignant, meaningful, alternative Pop or Indie music then just rap.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performances?

Coming up this weekend I will be singing the National anthem at the Buchanan Bowl, annual Varsity Football game here in Vancouver, so I am pretty psyched for that! I have done a  ton of live performances with other artists, the most enjoyable of those was during the La Voix Junior Tour at the Videotron in Quebec City and the Bell Centre in Montreal. Nothing beats the energy and intoxication of performing in front of 20,000 people in a huge arena!  When I perform live I pretty much want to just dance freely and have a great time and I want my audience to have a fun experience. I would love for them to relate to my lyrics or just leave the performance feeling good about themselves or having just a had a good time! Right now  I am focusing on producing more original music. Having released 2 singles this year I am waiting on funding approval to complete my EP and keep writing.  Live performance opportunities for independent solo artists are not as prolific as opportunities for bands. Putting a band together for an event, funding and promoting the show are I am sure challenges that most Independent artist face, but I am always looking out for great venues to perform.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would probably suggest my new release “Hooked On Your Love” as it is my most recent style and one that really embodies my current writing style and the direction in which I am taking my music. It’s a song that has a deeper meaning about love and loneliness, and it means a lot to me to be able to put those feelings to music and share them.  It also has a great vibe and danceable beat! A close second though would be “You Are Perfection”  as it is has a very inspirational and motivational message for people regardless of gender, gender orientation, race,  to embrace their own inner beauty and basically to “ Channel Your Own Boss”. If you want to experiment with your look or your style, just go for it and enjoy being you! You can always work at being a good human being but embrace your idiosyncrasies and don’t judge yourself by society, social media or other peoples standards!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/Artists?

I would say Avril Lavigne and Sean Mendes for sure. Avril Lavigne’s songs were the first I remember playing as a little girl on my little pink stereo! Her song “When You Are gone” was the one I used to play all the time and was the song that actually inspired me to become an artist myself.  At 7 years old, I decided that writing my own songs, and accompanying myself on the keyboard was a lot more fun than just classical piano training which I had been learning since I was 3. I love Sean Mendes’s songs, the Pop vibe, his honest lyrics and his genuine and kind personality. I listen to a bunch of different music but I would say those are 2 artists I relate to.

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