Claiming the role as a producer, singer, songwriter and music engineer all at the age of just 21 years old, Kate Brunotts really ticks all the right boxes. Receiving support from Lefuturewave, who stated that her music ‘creates new universes, she’s a surefire creative and artistic force’, as well multiple Spotify editorial playlists including ‘Fresh Finds’, Kate is certainly turning heads within the industry. Back with indie infused contender ‘GEMINI’, the track is a self-produced single all about the experience that comes from the duality of both a physical and digital self.
Who are your main musical influences and why?
My main musical influences are Lorde, FKA Twigs and Grimes because these ladies all have “atypical” pop voices, production that pushes the boundaries of pop music and a willingness to explore darker subject matter throughout their songs. That being said, I’m also a fan of big pop girlies like Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, and Billie Eilish. It’s very cool that pop music is becoming more open to experimentation, not to discount pop music. I hate when people demonize pop as a genre as being “cheaper” than others. It’s so “holier than thou”. That being said, I gravitate towards alternative pop or electronic music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think I would want to change the general attitude of secrecy, especially amongst those within the space. The music industry is incredibly competitive, and I feel like there aren’t enough artists trying to help and support others out of fear of losing their spot. I think it would also be nice for artists to be more transparent about their journey so that those on the come up could understand how much work, time, and unfortunately money go into crafting a successful artist. There are overnight sensations, but these seem to be the outliers of the industry. However, I feel like plenty of artists are encouraged to push a narrative that they became known out of nowhere, or based purely on merit. A more transparent industry would make for a more inclusive one.
What would be your dream support gig? Bonus points for place/venue.
I’ve always wanted to play at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C since that’s where I saw my first show. It would be a dream to support Lorde, Grimes, or Caroline Polachek (or honestly, anyone who would take me haha).
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has made music more accessible but also less profitable for most artists just starting out. I think artists need to get more creative in terms of how they can sustain themselves through art and work, but I think it’s a better space overall since we’re providing more musicians the opportunity to share their voice. I’ve primarily connected through fans on the internet alone, so I’m incredibly thankful for growing up in the age that I did.
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
I’ve never experienced any activity that was more challenging but exciting enough to keep pursuing than music. I love that I can connect intimately with someone I never met personally through sound. There’s truly something magical and magnetic about music so I couldn’t see myself ever giving up the medium entirely.