TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview, this time with the retro-pop singer/songwriter from California, Katie Ekin!
At just 23 years old Katie Ekin has won 10 songwriting awards, including Best Song and Best Performance at the WCS Hollywood competitions. And most recently was chosen as a top finalist for The GRAMMY Gig of a lifetime contest. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Katie grew up listening and watching her father perform in a band. She’s always had a heart for music, but in her younger years she was too shy to show her talent.
That soon changed when she picked up the guitar at fifteen and wrote her first song. It began a pattern, which has led her to write more than 200 songs. “I get asked a lot about how many songs I’ve written, and it always surprises me to see peoples reactions to my response. Songwriting is such a daily routine for me, I never think about it being foreign to other people. I could spend the whole day in my music room playing around with melodies and chords.”
Her songwriting style is mature beyond her years, using her own experiences to pull from. “Songwriting isn’t just my passion, it’s my lifestyle. Growing up in Santa Cruz you hear a lot of surfers say that, but I really feel its true with music and myself. My days revolve around a melody and my guitar knows more than any one person. It’s my diary.”
“Her voice is naturally melodious as a songbird” – Santa Cruz Goodtimes
Katie’s sound is definitely her own, though she has been compared to artists like Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, and Taylor Swift. However, when you hear her songs, you know they are hers; it’s a sort of magic sound. With her powerful songwriting, captivating performances, ambition and award winning songs, you are sure to see much more come from this young singer-songwriter!
Here’s her music video for “Grown Up Fairytale”, a beautifully melodic tune!
And one for “Caught Up In You”, a warm summer song for your sweethearts!
**NOW HERE’S OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KATIE EKIN**
1. What’s your bands name?
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
The biggest struggle has been working through the challenges of writers block and not letting it get me down. I go through phases of writing 5-10 ten songs and then nothing for a couple weeks and you kind of just have to push through it.
My biggest accomplishment would probably be getting chosen as a top 40 finalist in the Grammy Gig of A Lifetime contest in 2013/2014. I didn’t think too much about it when I submitted my video, but I ended up getting chosen out of thousands of entries and had a lot of support from my community during the voting period.
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
I play guitar and ukulele.
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
I have always loved music and grew up with a dad who was a musician and singer so its always been in my life. I don’t think I thought of a genre for myself though. I just started writing a certain way and still continue to do so. I think I am just more aware of my genre because it has become a big part of me.
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
I think that every performance I have continues to shape me as a musician. I am always learning and growing as a performer and its really fun to look back and notice the changes.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
I have released two EP’s and am in the beginning planning process of another. I am very excited!
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
It is really cool to get together with other artists, especially if they have a different genre than you. It brings some really interesting things to the table that you may have not thought of on your own.
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
There have been many different kinds of venues from coffee shops to theaters to private concerts and I have loved every one. I think my favorite has been a living room show I did up in Seattle. It was a great group of people who were all so into music. It was a great experience.
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
For a long time I have booked shows myself, but I recently started to network with friends who have booking experience and team up and it has been great!
10. Do you have any mottos?
“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine” -Elvis Presley
11. What artists inspire you?
My dad has always inspired me the most because he gave me my love of music. But I love The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Kooks, Ella Fitzgerald, Taylor Swift and James Bay.
12. What’s next for your band?
I am really trying to focus on playing as often as possible and putting together a new record.
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
I have a dog who is like my child so I try to be with him as much as possible. I also hike, go to the beach, workout, and I love being with my family and friends.
14. What’s your favorite song right now?
I love finding new music and lately I have been really loving James Bay. His song Let It Go has been on repeat.
“Her six-song offering ‘Caught Up in You’ is like cotton candy – it’s light, it’s sweet, and I want some more. Right now.” – Bobby Jo Valentine
Huge thank you to Katie Ekin for taking her time to do this interview for all of us!
Check out more of Katie Ekin and her music through the links below!