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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.”

CALLmeKAT’s website:
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Beyonce’s New Single May Earn Her An Oscar

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Take Beyonce’s beautiful new track – a tribute to Africa from The Lion King and throw in a pretty impressive history of Disney Best Original Song wins, and Queen Bey could be one step closer to an EGOT.

Beyonce has come close to an Oscar before for her song “Listen” from the movie musical “Dreamgirls.” The song was a powerful, heartfelt one. But the song “Spirit,” is an even more powerful anthem.

Disney’s previous Best Original Song wins include “A Whole New World,” from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea,” and Frozen’s “Let it Go.”

The music video for Spirit just dropped, and it – and Beyonce herself – is stunning.

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Watch Taylor Swift’s Music Video For Her New Single, ME!

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Taylor’s back, and she’s got another hit on her hands!

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Lizzo Is An Icon In The Making – And Here’s Why

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Mirror, mirror on the wall don’t say it ‘cause we know Lizzo cute. And by cute I mean extremely talented, gorgeous and totally inspiring!

A few months ago I was watching The Ellen Degeneres Show when I witnessed one of the most fun, exciting and awe-inspiring performances I’ve ever seen. Lizzo popped onto the screen in a sparkly, pink getup and began singing what would become her big hit song, “Juice,” – I was immediately hooked (more like obsessed). During this performance she also jammed out on her flute alongside her plus-sized backup dancers and suddenly I knew I had been changed forever. I did some more research on the rapper/singer and found out I had been sleeping on this gem! Lizzo has been doing bad all by her damn self for years, having already released two albums in the past. I am suddenly mad at every single person who neglected to tell me to jump on the Lizzo train sooner! If you’re like me and need a bit of catch up, I’m going to break down exactly why you need to know this icon in the making.

You can throw a stone in any direction and hit a triple threat nowadays. Lizzo’s brings talents we have yet to see in the mainstream music industry.

If singing, rapping and dancing make Lizzo a triple threat, what does flute playing making her?!? A STAR THAT’S WHAT! Lizzo has displayed her abilities as a talented flautist, which is not an instrument you would necessarily think of in conjunction with the rap genre making this talent all the more extraordinary. Lizzo even used her flauting skills to compete (and defeat IMO) with Ron Burgundy. Not Will Ferrell, but Ron Burgundy.

Oh, and she can also twerk while playing the flute. 

As if playing the flute wasn’t impressive enough, Lizzo can also twerk while playing. I really hope some high school kid is deciding to take band just so he/she can flutwerk their way around campus like their fav flautist, Lizzo.

Lizzo uses her platform to inspire and raise up everyone around her.

Lizzo uses her voice for more than just creating fire music, ya know. She uses her platform to defend the belief that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Her Twitter is filled with positivity and strong messages about acceptance.

 

Uhm…she’s straight up gorgeous. 

We cant forget to mention that Lizzo is a straight up beauty queen. She is known to switch up her look but I’ve never seen a bad pic of this queen. To solidify my point, she is now officially the first, plus sized black woman to be featured in Playboy magazine!

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Move over Avenger’s, Lizzo has been in a comic book too!

Ok indulge the nerd in me on this one…Lizzo was even featured in a comic book!!! That’s right, she has become so influential that even Marvel comics wanted a piece of the Lizzo-pie. Check out this shout-out in Unstoppable Wasp #4!

 

So now that you have become as obsessed as I have, you are probably wondering how you can get even more Lizzo in your life. Well lucky for you, her new album dropped TODAY! Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, is available anywhere you listen to music and let me tell you, YOU WILL LOVE IT. The album is varied and showcases all of Lizzo’s incredible range with some songs being upbeat and funky, and others being slowed down and heart wrenching. For a taste of what to expect, click below to listen to the title track of the album. If the new album still doesn’t satisfy the hunger for more Lizzo, she’s also on tour! You can click here for more info on tour dates.

Oh Lizzo…you are most definitely 100% that bitch.  

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