Kate Kittermaster

FRESH: ‘The Problem’ – Katie Kittermaster

Katie Kittermaster deal with “The Problem”

Katie Kittermaster, who we profiled last year with her EP, “Coming Home At Dawn”, has just released her second new song of 2020, “The Problem”, the follow up to “One Of A Kind”, and another perfect slice of Katie, both vocally and musically. This is easy listening pop, and one might even venture to say posh pop, in the same vein as Sophie Ellis-Bextor first achieved when she released her debut album all those years ago.

Katie discusses her own involvement in a given relationship, how things appear from where she’s standing, irrespective of who is to blame and that, possibly, she is the problem… Katie deals with all eventualities and scenarios with honesty and also with a singular, enclosed mind. This is a song that can be viewed from two different corners but you can’t help but take Katie’s side and feel some sort of sympathy towards how hert mind has been turned.

Opening for the likes of Jools Holland, Olly Murs and Ronan Keating and touring with Lucy Spraggan, and Boyzlife (Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy) over the course of the past two years has made it abundantly clear for Katie that crowds really homed in on her honest, conversational songs. As her words were sung back to her manifold, she was compelled to explore the potential of her music a little deeper. Katie reveals that in her upcoming material, she’ll release will not only explore different types of relationships but expand sonically into the realms of floor-filling, widescreen pop. “She Should Be Here” is essentially written as a spiritual successor to “You Needed Me” off her previous EP, written from an individual with slightly more miles on her soul.

Homing in on specific situations like waiting for the taxi and going to the kebab shop creates a vivid image and one that many will be able to relate to. Sonically, the song is heavily inspired by Robyn, combining a supple dance floor sensibility with wistful lyrics. Katie even makes a cheeky reference to Ellis-Bextor’s iconic hit “Murder On The Dancefloor”! All in all, in her new songs, Katie Kittermaster dares herself to ask the harder questions, albeit juxtaposing them with the immediacy of contemporary pop. This alliance helped expand her vocabulary to bright new levels.

Katie says of “The Problem”: “It was the night before I was flying to LA for a writing session and I was feeling the pressure of working with seasoned writers and hit makers. I think I’ve become a worrier this year. With more pressure put on you or you put on yourself, you feel a responsibility to deliver. There are obviously things in everyone’s life that go wrong: friendships that fall apart, relationships that don’t turn out the way you wanted them to. ‘The Problem’ is a reflection on these sorts of things that happen when you grow up; ‘What if I was the problem? What if this is all my fault?”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!