Indie Artist Interview: Cat Thompson

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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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New Music Friday!

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Happy New Music Friday, my friends! We’ve got lots of new music this week, so let’s get down to it.

Taylor Swift – Love Story

I know what you’re probably thinking…

“Love Story is not a new song, dumbass.”

And you would be absolutely correct. The song was originally released in 2008 under Scott Borchetta’s label, Big Machine Records.

Swift was only 15 when she signed with Big Machine, and 18 when her second album Fearless was released. This is the album that ultimately launched her career, with 5 hit singles, including Love Story.

So why are we posting this song on New Music Friday in 2021?

If you are a Taylor Swift fan, or even a fan of popular music in general, you have probably heard of her fight to own the master recordings of all of her previous songs.

Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun

In 2019, Taylor’s Tumblr post rocked the music world. She revealed that “For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in.”

Taylor declined that offer, as she knew that Borchetta would just sell the label, “thereby selling me and my future.” Borchetta then twisted the knife in her back by selling her master recordings to well-known Taylor Swift bully, Scooter Braun.

All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.” This bullying was done by Scooter (which is a stupid name) and his clients, Kanye West and Justin Bieber.

She went on to say “This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept.

Just to wrap this up, Taylor went on to sign with Universal Music Group and focus on her future, rather than her past.

Later in 2019, Taylor told Billboard that she would deny any requests to license her old music until she is able to rerecord and rerelease it, thus preventing Big Machine and Scooter Braun from profiting off of her work.

Love Story (Taylor’s Version) was released at midnight, along with an announcement that the entirety of Fearless has been recorded and will be re-released, along with never before heard tracks.

Here is Love Story (Taylor’s Version)

This is a big win for Taylor Swift, and a well-deserved “f*ck you” to Scooter Braun.

Nipsey Hussle and Jay-Z – What It Feels Like

The late Nipsey Hussle and the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Jay-Z, on the same track at last. The anticipated collaboration appears on the soundtrack of the new film Judas and the Black Messiah, in theaters and HBO Max today.

Hussle is originally known for his numerous mixtapes, one of which caught the eye of Jay-Z. The “King of Rap” bought 100 copies of his last mixtape, Crenshaw for $100 each.

On March 31, 2019, Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his LA clothing store after a confrontation earlier that day. Investigators say he was shot at least 10 times by 29-year-old Eric Holder, who has yet to face trial. We hope Hussle gets the justice he deserves.

Here is Nipsey Hussle and Jay-Z with What It Feels Like.

And this is what it feels like
Reach a level, make you question, “Is it real life?”

Dua Lipa – We’re Good

She’s back with The Moonlight Edition of her 2020 album Future Nostalgia. The new edition features 4 new songs, including We’re Good.

Buzzfeed reported on the backlash Dua Lipa has received on social media for all of her pandemic travels. Ironically, the first line of We’re Good is “I’m on an island.” As fans have pointed out, she seems to be on a new island every week.

Check out her new tracks, and be jealous of her travels. I know I am.

I’m on an island, even when you’re close
Can’t take the silence, I’d rather be alone

Pink Sweat$ – Heaven

There’s not a ton of information out there on 28-year-old David Bowden. The up-and-coming R&B singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, known as Pink Sweat$, just released his debut album Pink Planet with Atlantic Records.

He started gaining traction after the 2018 release of his debut single Honesty, which hit the top 10 on Spotify’s US Viral Charts. He was later nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Soul Train Awards.

Bowden released his first two EPs independently, and dammit…I wish I was the A&R to discover him. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.

Here is the first single off of Pink Planet, Heaven.

I put my pride aside
I traded this whole life
Just for one night

P!nk and Willow Sage Hart – Cover Me In Sunshine

From Pink Sweat$ to P!nk, there’s a whole lot of pink this week. I’m okay with that.

This mother-daughter duet is exactly the kind of content this world needs right now. P!nk, 41, and Willow, 9 just released the feel-good track of 2021.

In a statement earlier, mom said “Willow and I find comfort in music, so we’re putting this song out for no other reason than that we hope it brings you sweetness, sunshine and comfort, too.”

If this song doesn’t hit you right in the feels, check your pulse…you might be dead.

cover me in sunshine
shower me with good times
tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning
and everything’ll be alright

Robin Thicke – Look Easy

Robin Thicke is officially putting his Blurred Lines days behind him. In a recent interview with Brianne Tracy of People Magazine, Thicke opened up about the death of his father, Alan Thicke.

Alan Thicke sadly passed away in 2016 after a heart attack. Robin says “I wasn’t in a good place when he passed.” He said it all started in 2013 with the success of Blurred Lines.

“My marriage to Paula (Patton) was crumbling,” he says. “I started using painkillers. It was a melting pot of trouble brewing, and I was so arrogant that I thought I could handle it all.”

He said the death of his father was a turning point for him.

“After my father’s death, I remember a friend of his said, ‘A big tree has fallen.’ That’s what my dad was: the big tree. Now here I am, this medium-size tree, and I’ve got to grow my branches and protect everybody. Every day I try to make him proud of me.”

Robin Thicke has some big shoes to fill. His 4 children are his biggest inspiration to fill those shoes.

Off of his new album, On Earth, and in Heaven, here’s his newest single Look Easy.

Where did you come from? There’s no way
Did I do something in another life to deserve your grace?
How did they make you so pure and free?
Living in a world where we lose our hearts, but yours still beats

Greta Van Fleet – Heat Above

Greta Van Fleet does not get the recognition they deserve. The rock band from Michigan has been criticized for “copying” Led Zeppelin’s sound and a “lack of originality.”

Yes, their sound does bear a strong resemblance, but it takes nothing away from the band’s originality. They have brought back Rock & Roll, and as a huge Led Zeppelin fan…I love that.

The band’s second studio album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, is set to release in April.

Here is Greta Van Fleet’s new single from the album, Heat Above.

Can you feel my love?
Rising with the heat above
Life’s the story of
Ascending to the stars as one

That does it for this week’s New Music Friday. For more from Rita Ora, Kings of Leon, A$AP Rocky, and more, have a listen to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist right here:

We’ll be back tomorrow with an interview with unsigned country artist, Sam Phelps! Don’t forget to subscribe, and let me know what new songs you love this week in the comments!