Katie Herzig is most definitely in the mold of one of my favorite singer/songwriter’s. Her live performances are so clever and exhilarating, that the audience can’t help but be entranced by her from the start to the very end of her performances. Her vocal and musical performance commands the apt attention of her audience and fans alike. Her music has been featured several times on, films, television shows, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ among several commercials. She is also a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter for co-writing, ‘Heaven’s My Home’ that was featured in the film, The Secret Life of Bees. Katie is currently on tour with Brandi Carlile through October 15th. If they’re in your area, try and go see them! Check out my interview with Katie below, and learn some intriguing information that will pique your interest and curiousity about Ms. Herzig. Be sure to check out more information by visiting her website(s) listed at the bottom of the interview.
1. What comes first when writing a song; lyrics or music?
Music with melody and then the lyrics start to reveal themselves with time.
Unless it is a raw time of lyrical inspiration.
2. How old were you when you decided you wanted to be a musician? Can you picture yourself doing anything else?
I don’t think i decided that until i was doing it after college and even then I didn’t totally know. I always loved music but could see myself doing many things when I grew up. I just kept choosing to do it over and over again until I was a full time musician. It still catches me off guard sometimes, knowing that it’s what I do as my job.
3. What is the single-most important aspect, above everything else, that you would like people to know about you and your music?
Hmm. I have a really hard time putting a label on myself or the music i make because we’re always changing and evolving into new things. I suppose whatever I am creating is to genuinely express and move…. myself, hoping that other people will connect in a similar way.
4. Your songs have gained quite a bit of attention by being featured on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and commercials like Frito-Lay. How do you feel about those opportunities?
I feel incredibly grateful because they have literally enabled me to afford to tour with a band on the road, to record records and just have more flexibility in my career. Not to mention how exciting and surreal it is to hear my music put to scenes and used to help create these moments. I love it!
5. I love your acoustic and album music, along with your live performance (I saw you at Eddie’s Attic back in August of this year). You’re very inflective, emotive, and thought-invoking; how do you feel about the differentiation between your acoustic and full-band music?
Thank you! It’s really just a different expression of the same songs. I am such a big sucker for the production side of recording music, but doing live acoustic versions of these songs is something I love too. Each feels good in a different way.
6. What are some important aspects that you have learned about the music industry along the way?
I think it’s changing all the time and to be an independent musician right now is a very exciting place to be. I’ve kinda seen myself as an outsider who’s dabbled in the inside but never jumped in. Once you jump in to something like the major label world the stakes get so high. It feels like gambling to me rather than showing up for work every day and building something. But I have seen it go both ways.
1. What was your first album on CD and/or vinyl?
Oh probably Mr Big or Nelson or something.
2. What are five albums you can’t live without?
Lately? Coldplay’s latest, Vampire Weekends latest, Enya’s Watermark and Shepherd Moons, Sarah McLachlan’s Afterglow, and a collection of different singles from artists that i love.
3. Do you have a guilty listening pleasure?
Enya, but i no longer feel guilty about it. There is certain music that you’ve listened to for so long that it becomes your go-to comfort music, etc.
4. What was your first concert?
Toad the Wet Sprocket in 10th grade. Loved that band with all my heart.
5. Got a favorite concert?
Last year I saw Coldplay and it was amazing.
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