Chatting with Katie Thorne

Updated: Jun 2, 2019

Katie Thorne is a tremendously talented musician and a tenacious young woman with some seriously majestic vocals. We were honoured to collaborate with Katie on her track ‘You Did This to Us’ which you can listen to here and please leave a review on Triple J here.

To celebrate the release of ‘You Did This to Us’ we put a few questions to Katie which she answers below for your reading pleasure.

Local and wider acts that influence and inspire you?

My friend, Mark Crotti, who I met when studying at Macquarie University has been a huge influence. Mark is a solo acoustic musician (guitar and vocals like me) and he has been a big influence and support in the formation of my own brand, particularly with advice around the logistical side of the music business. He continues to motivate me with his go-getter approach.

As for wider acts, I gravitate towards old soul and blues music as influences in my own music creation - Etta James, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones are all big ones for me.

What effect did your hometown have on your creative process and content in your early years as a musician?

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that has a big love of music and to go to a high school that had a thriving music program. The saturation of music being played and listened to, both at home and at school, normalised the idea of music being something everyone just did.

As the story usually goes, I often felt out of place socially, a bit of an ugly duckling (and still do a lot of the time), and this fed into my songwriting. I spent a lot of lunches alone at the piano in the school music room, which in hindsight sounds quite depressing, however for me it’s where I always felt most at peace and confident in myself, and that’s still very much the case.

Did moving from Dubbo to Sydney and then Boston, change how you perceive, create and experience music?

Definitely - my music is inspired by everything and anything happening around me and the move from my hometown to the city and then overseas to Boston means I’ve been lucky enough to meet so many different people from all different cultures, countries and backgrounds. Studying at a global music school amplifies this experience because I am constantly exposed to different styles, ideas and creative processes.

All my experiences have in turn influenced the way I approach writing my own music. My idea of my own unique sound as an artist is growing, developing and adapting to the constant outside influences around me.

How did you come to be a part of Pup Productions and what has been the best part of working with the not-for-profit label?

I’ve known the lovely van Dartel boys from a young age - we all grew up in the country NSW town of Dubbo, where our parents shared a friendship which involved a mutual love of wine. I hadn’t really seen much of the boys in a few years, predominately as we had all left Dubbo to pursue our various endeavours. However, when they reached out about collaborating on a project for Pup Productions I was touched to be asked and really excited to get involved.

The recording day with Pup Productions at Studio 301 was a definite highlight – it was a really fun day with all the musicians involved and such an awesome opportunity to play in such a high-quality studio setting.

If you could meet yourself a year from now, what would you hope to tell her or learn from her?

I would hope my future self could tell me I’m still on the right track and that if I’m not, it’s ok, just trust in the journey. I never imagined I’d end up studying in Boston, or working on a song for a not-for-profit record label with some family friends from my hometown, and yet here we are!

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