Q&A Scene: KAT GRETA

First up, can you please give us a quick intro to Kat Greta.

Sure! So I write pop/rock music and I play percussion, drums and keys. I LOVE being on stage and running a muck with the band. Sometimes I bring along the percussion box and hand out some tambourines and shakers etc. to the crowd, and we have a heap of fun together. It’s like they’ve joined the band for the night.

Tell us about your new single Season To Believe?

It’s my first ever pop song, which I co-produced with Lindsay Gravina (who I also had the pleasure of working with on my EP).  It is about letting go of negative self-talk, not hiding away in the corner, and basically that the season to believe is now.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Farewell My Friend. I will always have a soft spot for this song because it came from a deep place. It is also the first song that I sang on, so I suppose it’s where I first found my voice. I also got to work with Monica Royal, who  came in to record her beautiful cello. That was really special. 

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Oh YES! I’m the biggest foodie! It would be a simple Italian dish… something like a chicken cacciatore – with some red capsicum and black olives. Heaps of sauce. My songs are simple, but there’s some stuff in there that you will notice with each mouthful. And I come from an Italian background, so it has to be something Italian.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I was running late for soundcheck one day after being stuck in traffic (and I’m the worst driver by the way); I’m a stressy driver. Anyway, the next minute, I get pulled over, and the cop says, “Do you realise this car is unregistered?”  “Ohhhhhhhh NOOOO,” I thought, typical me. I thought I had another week. He told me that I couldn’t drive on until I paid the $850 registration. So I paid it straight away and then he handed me a $962 fine.  I also made a loss at the gig that night too haha. 

What, or who, inspires you?

I am hugely inspired by music of the 60’s and 70’s, and am drawn to the rolling melodies from that era. I remember my brother sitting me down as a kid, showing me examples of some fantastic melodies of this time. 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

 Message To My Girl, by Neil Finn. 

What’s next for you?

I’ve got a little Victorian tour coming up to finish up the year, then I’m going to start working on an album! ;) 

What’s your scene?

A little spot in the sun, where I enjoy some tapas, wine and live music with friends for the whole afternoon. Either that, or going down to the beach to bodyboard or just relax :)

KAT GRETA SHARES UPBEAT NEW SINGLE + VIDEOSEASON TO BELIEVE

Multi-instrumentalist Kat Greta returns today armed with a sparkling new pop direction via her brand new single Season To Believe. An upbeat slice of sonic freshness from the Melbourne-based songwriter, Season To Believe is also accompanied by a vivid animated music visualiser reflecting the empowered lyricism and whimsical overarching wiles.

Marking a shift from her trademark combination of retro pop, classic rock and folk, Season To Believe finds Greta embracing a stripped-back yet polished production, exploring more buoyant pop sensibilities alongside inspiration from Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Haim. Co-produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Lindsay Gravina, Season To Believe is a sweet and energetic ode to Greta’s own creative and personal journey, celebrating liberation in colourful fashion, as Greta explains, Releasing this song feels like another step in my musical journey, which keeps evolving. It is a different sound for me; I got to play around with pop production for the first time, which was both a huge learning experience and a heap of fun at the same time. It is about believing in myself, and finding my own voice in this musical space, both literally and stylistically. I never had the confidence to sing my own songs, so that is something that I had to overcome. It’s about learning to follow my intuition, and trusting my gut instinct.

Featuring a colourful semi-abstract wonderland by Greta’s sister Helen Di Tomassofor Season To Believe’s artwork, the single also takes on colourful new life via its accompanying music video which was conceived and brought to life by Greta herself. Visually tracking its protagonist’s journey, the clip dazzles with bright colours while drawing the overarching percolating beats and smooth vocals into an animated universe. And the visualiser’s lively flair seamlessly extended from a synaesthetic creative spark, as Greta shares,I always imagined this song in colours, so I wanted the video to be bright with some retro vibes, just like the music. You can see the journey of the girl in the video, gaining more and more confidence through to the chorus, where she dances and bursts with joy.”

A formidable storyteller and creative, Kat Greta’s homespun songs brim with connectivity and authenticity, alongside her commanding vocals and dazzling stage presence that has adhered her as a shining star in the adult contemporary space. Forging a love for music in her childhood home, Greta’s eclectic early musicalinfluences spanned Kiss, Led Zeppelin, ABBA and Prince. Exploring her talent and interests at an early age, Greta’s prowess spans piano, violin, drums, singing, orchestral percussion, theory and composition, with her love for pop music of the 60s and 70s also burgeoning her affinity for melody, harmonies, rhythms and arranging. Since the release of her debut single Let It Go, taken from her 2022 EP Get Up & Go, Kat’s modernity mixed with empowerment has snapped heads over the past few years.

With performances lined up in October, November and December in Victoria to close out 2023, Greta’s latest single Season To Believe will be on full display, as will her entire band ready to deliver unforgettable moments, as Greta concludes, “Although this is definitely a pop track, our live performances will remain more of a rock show with lots of instruments on stage. When I perform with my full band, they just bring out so much energy, and there’s no knowing what I’ll end up doing. It can get a bit crazy.”   

Season To Believe is out today, Friday September 29.

KAT GRETA – UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

SAT 07 OCT | GODS BANDROOM, MORNINGTON VIC | 18+

Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com | 1800 934 125 | All Eventbrite Outlets

SAT 14 OCT | TOMKATZ, SORRENTO VIC | ALL AGES

Tickets available from www.trybooking.com | 03 9012 3460 | All Trybooking Outlets

SUN 19 NOV | TAPROOM SHEDSHAKER BREWING, CASTLEMAINE VIC | ALL AGES | FREE

SUN 10 DEC | SHIRAZ REPUBLIC, CORNELLA VIC | ALL AGES | FREE

KAT GRETA SEASON TO BELIEVE – 

Artwork by Helen Di Tomasso

   

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