Indie Artist Interview: Cat Thompson

Welcome to today’s edition of Indie Artist Interview. Today’s guest is Australian pop artist, the lovely Cat Thompson.

Intro

Ryan: Hey Cat! Thanks for joining us today! How about a little intro for our readers?

Cat: Hey! My name is Cat Thompson. I’m a singer-songwriter. I love singing, dancing, playing instruments and making a lot of noise in my studio. I currently live in the beautiful beachside town of Byron Bay, Australia where the weather is warm and people are friendly. 

Byron Bay, Australia

Ryan: Tell me about your latest/upcoming release:

Cat: My latest single is titled Who You Gonna Call. It’s an anthem for anyone who has had the courage to leave a negative relationship and having the power to say no when a toxic ex comes calling. This narrative is juxtaposed with a lively beat which I hope makes people want to vibe out and dance. I’ve just released the music video which is super exciting! The dance choreography in the music video was created by talented choreographer James Deane. I’m also about to drop a new single titled Be Free with talented House music duo SaxBeatz. The song features American rapper, Kev Hannibal. It’s about hitting the open road, leaving everything behind and just being free! It will be available in music stores and streaming platforms soon! 

Ghostbusters! Wait…

Influences and Collabs

Ryan: What is your favorite track you’ve ever released?

Cat: That’s a hard one. I don’t think I could choose. I love every song that I’ve released and I have wonderful memories attached to each one.

Ryan: That’s a fair answer. Who are your biggest musical influences?

Cat: Growing up I had so many! As a kid I loved Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, the list goes on.
I used to play their music over and over again and sing and dance loudly around the house. I’m indebted to all the great artists and musicians who came before me.
They inspired me to follow my dream in the arts.

Ryan: That’s a hell of a list right there. What’s one artist you would love to collaborate with?

Cat: There are so many amazing artists I would love to work with. One of my favourite artists today is Sam Smith. I love his voice. 

Life Outside of Music

Ryan: What are your hobbies and interests outside of music?

Cat: I love eating. Does that count as a hobby? Hahaha! Aside from that, I love reading books and watching documentaries on history. 

Ryan: That absolutely counts as a hobby. As an artist, I’m sure you’ve had some survival jobs to get by. What’s the weirdest day job you’ve ever had?

Cat: When I first started working in the music industry, I moonlighted as a backstage crew member for other artists and bands. I used to think younger audiences were lively until one night we had a more senior crowd. Most grandparents seem quite dignified but when the headline act came on, a few of the elderly ladies in the audience started taking their kit off. Quite a few granny bras were thrown on the stage that night and security had to escort two ladies away after they climbed on to the stage. One of my jobs was to clear the bras off the stage once the show as over haha!

Ryan: Whoa, you might have me beat. haha.

On The Road and Life Before Music

Ryan: What’s the craziest thing to happen to you on stage or on the road?

Cat: I was performing shows in the Solomon Islands. After my show, I snuck out with my back up dancers and we boogied all night with the locals.
The locals had set up an open-air party on a jetty overlooking the sea, complete with live music and a makeshift bar. They even had lawn chairs and tables for people to sit on.
The jetty didn’t have any protective railing and there were a lot of people drinking and dancing. I asked what would happen if someone were to fall. One of the locals grinned and said, “You end up in the water.” 

Ryan: Those are the best kinds of parties. We did that in Hong Kong at least 4 times a year. So much fun. Now, before you were picking up bras and partying on jetties, what were you like as a kid?

Cat: Stubborn haha! My parents didn’t want me to be a musician but I stuck to my guns. 

Dating and Movies

Ryan: If you could go on a date with any other musician, who would it be?

Cat: Hmmm, I don’t know. It’s not something I’ve ever thought about. But if you’re going to date someone date a dancer. It’s sexy when your date can move their hips!

Ryan: Hips don’t lie. haha. What’s your favorite comedy movie of all time?

Cat: Monty Python has golden moments and it might be my childhood nostalgia speaking but I really enjoyed Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Even to this day I have a giggle when I hear the We’re Men In Tights song

Ryan: Yes! Men in Tights is so underrated. I directed a production of Robin Hood that I wrote for my students in the Hong Kong Drama Festival. I had them learn that dance for curtain call hahaha.

Conclusion

Ryan: What are you doing to stay connected to your fans during the pandemic?

Cat: I’ve been able to stay in touch with my fans thanks to social media. I know there are both pros and cons to social media but then I think of the generations that came before us, who lived without the internet and I think about how long they had to wait to receive letters and telegrams. It makes me appreciate how much easier it is to stay connected to the people we love during this crazy time.

Ryan: Truth. I remember when cell phones didn’t even have a screen. We have it so much easier. We can talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s crazy. If you could do a gig in any city in the world today, where would it be and why?

Cat: I’d love to do a gig in Tokyo, Japan. That’s where I grew up and I have many happy memories there. I’d also love to do a gig in Northern Ireland because I’m half Northern Irish. If I did a gig in Belfast, my cousins could come and enjoy the show which would be really sweet.

Ryan: Tokyo is on the top of my list too. I’ve been to Belfast, but not to perform. Just to drink. Speaking of drinking, What keeps you going?

Cat: Food! Did I mention that I like food? Haha! And the of love and support from my fans. They inspire to keep chasing my dreams.

Ryan: That’s awesome. Alright, got time for one more. Anything you’d like to say to our readers before I let you go?

Cat: To my beautiful fans – thank you for all your love and support! To anyone who hasn’t heard my music yet – feel free to pop by my Spotify and YouTube to have a listen and check out my music videos. If you like what you hear, feel free to leave me a message. I always love to hear from you! 

Ryan: Thank you so much for joining us today, Cat! Keep us posted on your upcoming releases!

Follow Cat Here!

Website: https://catthompson.com/

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0yxASoSNaTHYlddUtwFhcV?si=IVIdvqO2StykUtPy4eUd0A

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MefnTELIf0pmMNXirE49w

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/CatThompsonOfficial/

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Top 40 Charts: This Day In History

March 2, 1996

I enjoy taking a look back at the “old days.” I was 12 when these tracks hit the charts. Talk about nostalgia. I’ll give you the videos for the top 10, then list out the next 30.

1. Mariah Carey ft. Boyz II Men – One Sweet Day

Confession. Boyz II Men‘s album II was the first CD I ever purchased. That was my JAM back then. And Mariah is one of those divas who’s legacy will never die. Their voices blended perfectly.

2. Mary J Blige – Not Gon’ Cry

From the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, Mary showed off those smooth vocals. I honestly forgot about this song, so I’m glad I went back and checked the charts!

3. Brandy – Sittin’ Up In My Room

Another song from Waiting To Exhale. That soundtrack was absolute fire. I always had the hots for Brandy. Total babe.

Side note: Donald Faison, also known as Christopher in Scrubs is Brandy’s love interest in the video.

4. The Tony Rich Project – Nobody Knows

Another classic R&B vibe. Pretty sure I sang this song in my bedroom after my “girlfriend” at 13 broke up with me after dating for like 2 days. This is the perfect breakup song.

5. Everything But The Girl – Missing

Someone in the YouTube comments described it perfectly:
Prettybrokenspiral
1 year ago : There was once a time, before the internet, when people could vanish from your life forever and you relied on music like this to fill the void they left..

Damn, that’s deep. And so true.

6. La Bouche – Be My Lover

La da da da da da de da da. I need to sample that into. This song is SO 90s and I love it. And that rap break…as 90s as it gets.

7. George Michael – Jesus To A Child

Nobody had a voice like George Michael. He really showed it off in this song. So smooth. Nobody had a goatee like George Michael either. He invented the “flavor saver.”

Whitney Houston – Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

She finally exhaled. This is the 3rd track in the top 10 from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack. “For every win, someone must fail.” What a great line. And Whitney looked radiant in this video. Goddammit, Bobby Brown.

9. Joan Osborne – One Of Us

What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us. Just a stranger on a bus?

I am not a religious man, but that’s some solid lyric writing right there. This song is going to be stuck in my head all day now.

10. Gin Blossoms – Till I Hear It From You / Follow You Down

I used to love the Gin Blossoms. Hey Jealousy is such a good song. This one is pretty good too. I have to share the first comment in the comments section on YouTube. It describes this video perfectly.


John Napier
3 months ago: The Gin Blossoms are like if the show “Friends” was a band, lol

You are not wrong, John. Not wrong at all.

That does it for the top 10 hits on March 2, 1996. Here is the rest of the top 40.

11-20

11. LL Cool J – Hey Lover
12. Oasis – Wonderwall
13. Goo Goo Dolls – Name
14. Monica – Before You Walk Out Of My Life
15. 3T – Anything
16. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
17. Kriss Kross – Tonight’s The Night
18. Hootie & The Blowfish – Time
19. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
20. Collective Soul – The World I Know

21-30

21. Natalie Merchent – Wonder
22. R. Kelly Featuring Ronald Isley – Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)
23. Blues Traveler – Hook
24. Melissa Etheridge – I Want To Come Over
25. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
26. Total – No One Else
27. Madonna – You’ll See
28. Bush – Glycerine
29. Joe – All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do
30. Junior M.A.F.I.A. Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. – Get Money

31-40

31. Groove Theory – Tell Me
32. Faith Evans – Soon As I Get Home
33. Seal – Don’t Cry
34. Fu-Jee-La – Refugee
35. Planet Soul – Set U Free
36. TLC – Diggin’ On You
37. Mariah Carey – Fantasy
38. Sophie B Hopkins – As I Lay Me Down
39. Seven Mary Three – Cumbersome
40. Deborah Cox – Who Do You Love

Conclusion

That wraps up our Top 40 for the week of March 2, 1996. We’ll be doing this more often. Let me know what year you’d like to see in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe!

The next post will be an interview from Russian dark pop artist, ya.

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10 Songs That Use Samples You May Recognize

You ever hear a song and think “I’ve heard that before.”? Chances are, you have. Artists sample from older records all the time. Sometimes it’s just a quick snippet, sometimes it’s the entire beat. Here are 10 songs that use samples, along with the original songs!

Now, I could do 3 posts alone on Beyonce, Kanye, and Drake…so I’ll leave them out of this one. I could make this a weekly thing.

1. Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa

I’m sure you all know this track. What do you think it sampled?

I’ll tell you.

It’s the entire beat of the 1983 baby-maker, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers.

Here are both songs so you can hear it for yourself.

Man, both of these songs are great. There’s a possibility that I was conceived to Between The Sheets, but I don’t want to think about that.

2. Rihanna – S.O.S.

This one may be obvious.

Here’s a hint:

If you know 80’s music, you should hear the sample from Tainted Love by Soft Cell.

Check it out!

3. Mary J Blige – No More Drama

This one isn’t quite as obvious for everyone. You have to be a big fan of soap operas to get this.

Blige sampled the theme song for The Young And The Restless, titled Nadia’s Theme. If you check the songwriters on No More Drama, you will find the names Perry Botkin Jr. and Barry De Vorzon, the writers of Nadia’s Theme.

4. Panic At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

Panic frontman Brandon Urie was influenced by a ridiculous song from the 80’s. He said he heard it when he was younger and thought “This is a party”

That song is Rock Lobster by the B-52’s.

You’ll hear that guitar riff throughout the song.

5. 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love

I remember thinking I was cool blasting this song in my car…in Erie, PA. The least California-like place on the planet.

Pac and Dre used a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff by Roger Troutman, which isn’t the most obvious one on the list.

6. Mariah Carey – Honey

Mariah sampled not one song, but two on Honey.

The Body Rock by the Treacherous Three and Hey DJ by The World’s Supreme Team.

Let’s see if you can spot them.

7. Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me

One baby-maker turns into another. Please Me samples Freek’n You by Jodeci. This one is pretty easy to spot.

8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise

It took a bit of time for Stevie Wonder to approve of this sampling of Pastime Paradise because of all of Coolio’s swearing. He finally got approval after he cleaned it up. This one is SO obvious.

9. Fall Out Boy – Centuries

This is one of many songs that sampled from the first song to ever be converted to MP3, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hear the “duh duh duuuda duh”

10. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes

This song is FULL of samples. Not one or two…four.

James Brown demanded approval of the lyrics before he would allow Jackson to sample Papa Don’t Take No Mess because he was pissed at rap groups for using his songs with foul language. Janet got approval pretty quickly for this one.

She also uses samples from Impeach The President by The Honey Drippers, If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) by B.T. Express, and Georgy Porgy by Toto.

Here are all 5 songs for you.

Conclusion: 10 Songs That Use Samples That You May Recognize

There we have it. 10 songs that use samples that you might recognize. There are countless more out there, so we will do this regularly. It’s fun to hear the songs side by side.

Hope you all enjoyed it and lets all have a great week!

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