Katriona is a music producer and songwriter from London that we initially found through twitter! She kindly agreed to complete a feature artist interview for Essential Pop so that we could learn more about her and discover her new music catalogue. Read on to find out how she became interested in music production, how she successfully creates innovative songs and what else she does to relax when not making music.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
UK Garage, Bassline, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Pop and R&B/slow jams.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Quite simply, innovative music that makes your heart sing.
Q: What is your musical background?
I’ve been songwriting since I could write, at a very early age basically lol. I’ve done short courses in music production and sound engineering which helped start me off in producing. I’ve also taught myself a lot about music production and playing the piano/keyboard.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
A huge turning point for me, a time when I realised I have a lot to offer the music industry using my talents in music production and songwriting.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Quality music producers like Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Max Martin, Dr Luke, Quincy Jones all inspire me because they’ve been so successful in their careers and have maintained longevity. They’ve all made such a huge, positive impact on the music industry through their music and that really inspires me.
Also, I really inspire myself when I’m in a good mood because that’s when I feel I produce my best musc. And any good song that I can really move to, there’s not a specific person who inspires me really. Songs that make me feel good.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I don’t look up to any modern day artists but I am really inspired by artists with such amazing talent and longevity such as Beyonce, Nas, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige… Also, new artists like Jessie J, who have seriously amazing talent.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Any artist who can bring alive my music with strong conviction through their voice and energy. For example, Jessie J, Klashnekoff, Rihanna, Joe, Donnell Jones, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, Skepta, Baby Blue, Ms Dynamite, Shystie, T.I etc. There’s so many good artists I’d love to collaborate with, both in the UK and abroad.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I get myself in a really good mood first and foremost because I tend to make great music easier when I’ve got a high energy. I think about what I want to create, I select the sounds I feel would be most suitable, I get high on a great song that I love and then I CREATE!
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
They are both as important as each other However, I do pay more attention to the melody of a song rather than the lyrics first hand. The melody captures me the most usually.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s sooo exciting in London, there’s so much good music here and lots to do! Plus, the music scene is buzzing right now.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m working on building up my catalogue of music & working with further artists who are very vocally talented.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Having a good demand from my fanbase to have my music downloadable online.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
I’d like to create even more and more and more amazing music.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I make music! lool. Also, I listen to inspirational teachers, I read quotes, I listen to good music I’m crazy about, I watch funny comedies and sitcoms and I chill with family & friends.
Editor’s Note: It’s hard to put Katriona in a box because she successfully produces songs in so many genres. Her music and collaborations with other artists definitely make her someone to watch in 2011 and beyond. Also, if you’re a singer or rapper looking for beats or instrumentals check her out too!
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Katriona, follow the links below:
twitter link: www.twitter.com/katrionamusic
facebook link: www.facebook.com/katrionamusic
web page link: www.katrionamusic.com
soundcloud link: www.soundcloud.com/katrionamusic
Youtube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/user/katrionamusic