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POP INTERVIEW: CALLmeKAT Chats Music…Meee-ow!

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Born in Denmark, Katrine Ottosen, discovered music on an old piano. Nowadays, she goes by CALLmeKAT.

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“In the beginning where it was only myself in my own bedroom, it was definitely more minimal and later we were only my friend Daniel and I in his studio with our collection of vintage keyboards, a drum kit and his computer it was more mixed with some drum loops and computer stuff whereas now there is no looping or midi-instruments at all. It is actually a dogma for the new album: no loops, no midi!” she said via e-mail. “The songwriting process is a very intuitive process for me, that i like to pursue in loneliness. I write best when I can let the thoughts flow. It’s usually the sort of thing where I take off in something very near and real and then I weave my imagination into the equation and go to a more abstract place that doesn’t have to have a connection to something in real life. I like that mix. My favorite keyboard is the small Casio SK-1 that I sample my voice into and play with the right hand during my live shows! “

“I think there are stories all the time, living a life like this. It is really a great trip with all it’s ups and downs. One of the best things about a life like this is that I know some amazing people because of music, through music, etc. Some of my dearest, closest friends I’ve met through music and a lot of the people I admire mostly on an artistic level I met through my life as a touring musician. That is a gift and I feel lucky because of knowing them. Especially I’m in awe of Joe Magistro (producer/drummer) and Sara Lee (bass), who I worked with closely for my new album. They rock my world! Also the other members of my band Carsten Skov (vibraphone) and Daniel Fridell (keyboards) inspire me a lot, with their amazing musicianship and natural feel for sonic beauty.”

Life is nothing but a series of individual discoveries. “I think there are stories all the time, living a life like this,” she said. “It is really a great trip with all it’s ups and downs. One of the best things about a life like this is that I know some amazing people because of music, through music, etc. Some of my dearest, closest friends I’ve met through music and a lot of the people I admire mostly on an artistic level I met through my life as a touring musician. That is a gift and I feel lucky because of knowing them. Especially I’m in awe of Joe Magistro (producer/drummer) and Sara Lee (bass), who I worked with closely for my new album. They rock my world! Also the other members of my band Carsten Skov (vibraphone) and Daniel Fridell (keyboards) inspire me a lot, with their amazing musicianship and natural feel for sonic beauty. I love listening to music that is pretty far away from what I do, like: Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Bob Dylan. I get nostalgic for music from before my own time because the bands were so GOOD! They played together. In a room. Real music. I’m just very much liking that for when I listen to music.”

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LISTEN: Tina Turner And Kygo Collaborate On A Fun Remix Of ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’

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You must understand how this remixed up jam makes my pulse react.

Did you wake up today thinking “man, what does love really have to do with it?” Then you’re in luck because after 36 years from its original debut, Tina Turner’s mega hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It” has been remixed and released by the Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo. And let me tell you, I may not know what love has go to do with it but I do know this remix is fire!

You might remember Kygo from his previous remix of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” and just like he did with that bop, he turned Turner’s classic into a surefire dance floor hit. In a statement about the exciting collaboration the 28-year old said “I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Tina Turner, who is an icon that I grew up listening to. ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ is one of my all-time favorite songs so to have a chance to rework it has been a very special moment in my career. I love working around timeless vocals and although it’s challenging to preserve elements of the original track and adding my own touch, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out!”

The updated song is also accompanied by a new music video directed by Sarah Bahbah and starring Laura Harrier and Charles Michael Davis. The sexy duo portray a pair of star crossed lovers who have all the makings of a perfect couple but just can’t seem to dig down deep enough to make the relationship last. And while the subject matter might be heartbreaking, the video is beautiful and pairs perfectly with Turner’s iconic voice.

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Pentatonix’s Cover Of Billie Eilish’s ‘When The Party’s Over’ Will Give You Chills

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We could all use a bit more harmony these days…a 5-part harmony that is.

Billie Eilish is known to have a bit of a darker tone to her music but this cover of “When The Party’s Over” by Pentatonix will absolutely send chills down your spine.

The a capella quintet is known for their amazing covers and unique arrangements and this one is no different. Collaborating from a distance, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee perform the somber tune with an individual closeup in front of a simple white background before being edited together to create perfect harmonies. The Eilish song is already a fan favorite with the original music video being viewed over 500,000,000 times and I’m sure this cover will rack up the views as well.

The track is featured on the a capella group’s latest EP, At Home, which was release back in June. Check out the music video for “When The Party’s Over” below!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Just Shared The Original Demo For ‘Moana’ Hit Song And It Features A Big ‘Hamilton’ Star!

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Another gem from the wonderful world of Miranda.

If there are two things musical lovers are forever grateful for it’s Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney scooped up Miranda to write songs for the 2016 hit film Moana which told the story of a young princess chosen by the ocean to reunite an ancient relic with a powerful goddess. Unsurprisingly, the film’s standout song “How Far I’ll Go” won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” because everything Miranda touches turns to gold. What’s even more exciting than the award winning content Miranda creates, however, is the glimpses into the creative process he often shares with fans. After Hamilton became a smash hit, Miranda shared countless original demos and compositions of songs from the musical just to show fans the growth of his creativity. Well, moments ago Miranda took to Twitter to once again give us a peek into his process but this time it’s for the hit Disney film.

While Hamilton was still in it’s pre-Broadway run, Miranda was writing songs for Disney. He enlisted the help of his costar Phillipa Soo, the original Eliza Schuyler, to record the demo for “How Far I’ll Go” from their dressing room at the Public Theater. Finally after all these years, Miranda has decided to share the demo with us and it’s enough to make any theater geek freak out! In his tweet he apologizes for making the demo so “high” but applauds Soo because she “can sing ANYTHING.” And by the sound of this demo she really can!

Check out some Disney magic…or Miranda magic…or both(?) by listening to the original demo below!

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