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Art & Life with Kat Kennedy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kat Kennedy.

Kat, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Connecticut and sang and performed on the side as I pursued what I thought would be a future career in science. Although I was always drawn to music, I suffered from terrible stage fright and it was hard for me to sing in front of others. My mother was a singer in a local band and both my parents encouraged me to perform whenever possible. While singing in a school talent show during my junior year of high school, something clicked. As nerve-wracking as it was for me to get up on that stage, the thrill and energy of the music was something I felt deeply connected to. I decided I needed to push past my fear and pursue music more seriously. I began applying to music colleges while simultaneously practicing as hard as I could and pushing my boundaries in performance. I had never taken lessons, and the odds of getting into a music school with applicants who had been studying for years (or their entire life) seemed impossible. When I was accepted into my first choice school- Berklee College of Music- it felt like a sign. I was thrilled and determined to make use of the incredible opportunity I had been given and spent the next four years absorbing everything I could in music theory, practical skills, and writing. Encouraged and inspired by my professors and peers, I developed a love of songwriting, picked up guitar, and formed lasting friendships with other musicians- many of whom I still work with today.

After graduating in 2015 and releasing my first EP “Perception” that spring, I began booking indie tours. This allowed me to travel as far as Alaska and Brazil sharing my music and took me across the states three times- the third time bringing me to my current home in Los Angeles in January 2019. I was incredibly lucky to successfully crowdfund $10,000 towards my first album, “Drifting”, which allowed me to record and release 10 of my songs in June 2019. I am currently pursuing my career on the west coast, and am working on a series of new singles to be released later this year.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am on such a fun and challenging journey writing, performing, and recording music. Although my style has shifted over the years, my artist project is pop with an acoustic undercurrent. My work with EDM producers like Bloomline and Channels has been a fun addition to that style- allowing me to lean more heavily into electronic dance sounds than my usual work.

I write to get my feelings out onto the paper, and I release the songs in the hopes that someone listening will think “me too!” and feel a little less alone in their experience. Some of the songs on my album “Drifting” are silly and fun, while others are raw and a little painful. I like to think that this variety might give the listener something to relate to wherever they are on the emotional spectrum at that time.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Perfection is the enemy of greatness. This is one I still remind myself of constantly! As artists, it is so easy to be ultra-critical of our work, and some criticism is definitely part of the job in creating the piece we envision. When obsessing over creating the “perfect” piece stops us from doing anything at all, that’s when we have to take a step back and remember that each work we create is a stepping stone, not the be-all and end-all masterpiece. As a professor I had, Pat Pattison, used to say: “Crap is the best fertilizer.” The art you create today- however perfect or imperfect- is only helping your future craft.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Every stream, download, and follow helps support my work! Connecting is what it’s all about, and I’d love to hear from you!

You can follow me on Spotify to hear my latest music:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/08xYUuniSTJtOwpC1lATSX?si=ENQpzwbXTr-D8g1gr20LIA

Applemusic:
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kat-kennedy/291619349

Or any music streaming platform.

You can follow me on Instagram here:
https://www.instagram.com/katdogmusic/

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Image Credit:
Omari Spears, Deepak Bardhan, Ross Kiah, Hannah Blauner

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