Michael Green Interviews... Kate Pedley
Originally posted on March 20th 2019 here is a Q & A with singer songwriter Kate Pedley. She talked about her experiences in music.
Where did it all start for you getting in to music?
I have always loved singing but never taken it seriously. When I was 18 I turned up to the White Horse one day and found out about the open mics that ran at different venues in Bedford and met Mat Roberts. This is where my love really started and since then I have not stopped and now gig regularly around Bedfordshire and beyond. Who are your influences? My biggest influence will always be Taylor Swift. I adore her, everything about her. I also am heavily influenced by Lana Del Rey, The Carpenters, Vera Lynn, Blondie, Banarama, Halsey, Pale Waves, Paramore and The Pretty Reckless. A real mix! How do you decide what songs to cover? I simply do it by what I feel suits my voice best, which songs I feel the most comfortable with and which songs the audience may like the best taking into consideration what venue I am performing at.
With songwriting where do you tend to get your inspiration from e.g how do you start your songs & what's your process?
My normal process is to write what's going on in my life; a certain event, feeling, relationship whatever it is I am feeling, I normally just put it to paper. I will start with the lyrics and get basic chords then speaking to friends who will add their input on what they think would sound good.
How important is it do you feel it is to listen to current music as well as music from the past?
Loving the music I do, I think it is vitally important to listen to music of the past. I love the current music, but I think music in the past was a lot more unique and meaningful. It's important to listen to different genres across different timescales of course.
Do you feel it is important to watch other acts perform and to watch other live music?
Absolutely. I find it good for my performance if I am able to watch others. I also feel it is so important to support the other local artists, a little support goes a long way.
Finally what tips do you have for anyone starting out when it comes to songwriting & performing?
Just go for it. Write how you feel, sing how you feel and perform to your hearts content. Never give up doing what you want. But upon this, always accept the criticisms of others, it's vital in the development of you as an artist.
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