It’s been a big 12 months for singer Katie Cassidy. Her win in last yr’s Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Contest introduced with it countrywide publicity, confirmed her the effect that her music should have on the public and gave her a far-needed injection of self-perception.
Last March, Katie triumph over fierce opposition to win the competition together with her splendid cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” The proficient Mayo singer walked away from Whelan’s with a €1500 prize and some fantastic reminiscences from the night. With a new album in the works, 2018 seems set to be some other huge yr for Katie Cassidy.
Talking to JOE, the Mayo singer found out that the win acted as a catalyst to jot down and file her personal material, furnished a lift to her self-belief and drove her to pursue her musical aims with a newfound determination. We mentioned her new material, how her lifestyles have modified considering ultimate March and what winning the competition supposed to her.
T’s been a very good year for you. What’s been the most important exchange which you’ve skilled within the final yr?
It has been a super yr and I learned loads. Until now, I assume I became quite comfy doing my cowl gigging so much so I determined myself doing my couple of nights every week, taught my guitar lessons and on my own time hardly ever picked up the guitar for myself. I turned into always learning songs for the following gig or wedding or doing lesson plans. I absolutely stopped writing in those few years that I turned into targeting getting the installation to make a living and before I knew it the years were flying by. 2017 became 12 months that I targeted loads greater on myself and my personal song and managed to balance the entirety plenty better. I tipped away at writing songs over the years but never appeared to finish them or have the pressure in me that made me want people to listen to them until that previous couple of months since the Le Crunch contest. Something virtually clicked for me and I realized it became time.
How could you describe your tune to someone who hasn’t heard you?
It’s an absolute mixed bag of emotion. Some of the songs are rocky, a few are grimy u. S. A. Sounding, some are poppy haha! For years, I idea I didn’t have a valid and the songs didn’t sound identical but I comprehend now they don’t need to and I like to suppose there may be a touch something for absolutely everyone. I pay attention to every style of track and I assume my own songs display the one-of-a-kind impacts I have had, from jazz to grunge.
How much did prevailing the Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest help you?
Winning the opposition lit a hearth in me or extra like placed a fireplace underneath me – both way it lifted my self-assurance hugely.
I discovered the online comments in the weeks main up overwhelming. I simply saw how supportive absolutely everyone who knew me or who didn’t know me and who simply observed my music had been and that was all earlier than even making it to the final.
So I turned into on cloud 9 when I received it. I wanted to keep that high and that feeling forever, that feeling I had in Whelan’s that night on that degree and talking with the judges Paddy, Niamh and Peter afterward. It turned into all simply brilliant! So for me, the competition gave me a bit of confidence in myself.
What turned into your spotlight of the last 12 months?
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest final and the weeks that accompanied it.
After the competition, I were given immediately into the studio working with an exceptionally talented producer referred to as John Henry and he helped me source a number of the finest musicians and we commenced recording my album.
What’s your approach to writing the new track?
I even have tried various things over time. Sometimes a word might come and I’d become writing it at the back of a serviette or whatever turned into close by and work a tune around it. Other instances, I’d nod off and soar up out of the bed like I was possessed as something had come into my head and I’d grab my guitar or piano or anything I could rattle a track out of and get it out.
The most current material I even have written had been more like poems that I wrote in a notebook on my smartphone and I then positioned them to music. I turned into in no way honestly excellent with generation. I have no endurance so I might document ideas down on voice notes on my phone or my H2zoom – very basic and in no way advanced the thoughts beyond the guitar and voice however after I was given operating with John, I was given a small interface and my brother Philip set it up for me. John showed me some matters to get me commenced and I developed the songs that manner, the use of all of the instruments I had, and I located myself writing an increasing number of material and sound asleep much less and much less haha!
Can your fanatics sit up for a brand new EP in the close to future?
Yes!! I turned into planning to release my album in January however lifestyles were given within the way because it does and I hit some bumps in the road however it’s far nearly there and I desire to drop an unmarried or two first within the very near future.
What’s been your favorite gig to date and why?
I have been blessed with a few fantastic reviews during the last 10 years gigging. And as I said, I will maintain that feeling from the Le Crunch night time in Whelan’s forever but the closest I needed to that high turned into after I performed a small pageant in Market Drayton in Cheshire referred to as the Rock ‘n’ Bowl Festival. I headlined the tent and it became simply me and the guitar however the vicinity became hopping- it became intellectual!
What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had at a gig?
Hmmmmm. Haha, well wherein do I start? As a solo lady musician operating in pubs, you may consider I actually have seen pretty some drunken flashers!! Haha!
What can your fans stay up for within the coming months?
Some single releases and complete Katie Cassidy original album.
What are your objectives for 2018?
Hmmm. I would love to get myself available greater and do a number of the implausible gala’s that Ireland has. I actually worked so toughly on my album. I labored difficult to pay for it, with of course the bonus of the contest cash to assist. But I also took every gig I should have the highest fine I may want to have and I sincerely gave all of it I had. After hitting some bumps in the road alongside the manner, I nonetheless got again on the horse so all I wish for 2018 is that I can get it obtainable and that human beings will deliver it a pay attention and maybe even revel in it!
If you need to comply with in Katie Cassidy’s footsteps, find out how you could input the 2018 Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest here.